Pesticide Poisoning Investigator
Florida Department of Health (FDOH) - LaBelle, FL

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This position requires a bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Creole) investigator who will be able to facilitate effective communication and establish trust with the migrant farm workers which are primarily of Hispanic and Creole origin. Investigator will coordinate with regulatory agencies since FDOH is not authorized to access private workplaces unless there is a significant public health concern. The investigator will be the local expert in pesticide related matters. In this capacity he/she will coordinate educational and outreach activities with Hendry County Health Department (HCHD) staff in both environmental health and epidemiology. Activities will include training and support of local staff in areas aimed at expanding the current investigation capabilities at the local level for response to exposure incidents that meet standards and confidentiality regulations. Specifically, this position will identify cases of pesticide-related illness and injury by working with different agencies and farm worker groups. Conduct interviews, apply case definition, complete case reporting forms and protocols on persons with acute effects of pesticide exposure and gather evidence and record findings. Work with other County Health Departments (CHDs) and external agencies and organizations to identify pesticide cases, develop partnerships and working relationships. Consults and cooperates with other governmental agencies and stakeholders during pesticide related investigations. Develop complete report and enter data electronically into pesticide database. Provide technical and consultative services. Coordinate educational and outreach activities with CHD staff in both environmental health and epidemiology. Activities will include training and support of local staff in areas aimed at expanding the pesticide surveillance capabilities at the local level for response to exposure incidents that meet program standards and confidentiality regulations. The investigator will also deliver bilingual training in prevention of pesticide exposure in the field or organized training sessions for farm worker populations. Participate in meetings, trainings and conferences related to the Enhanced Florida Pesticide Incident Surveillance Program. The position will involve local and regional travel to farming areas, travel to Tallahassee FL for meetings with the Bureau of Epidemiology. Knowledge and skill in disease interviewing, knowledge of medical facts related to pesticide and chemical poisonings, knowledge of disease principles, understanding of farming practices and agricultural chemicals is useful.

Qualifications:
Completion of four years of college (60 semester units or 90 quarter units) with at least 12 semester (18 quarter) units in biological science, health education, public health or a field related to the work or equivalent technical training and preferred two years of experience in EITHER disease investigation and control OR in performing paraprofessional work in working with and providing services to clients with diseases in a public or private setting. Must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in English and the designated second language (English/Spanish).

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