Public Health Nutritionist
Salary: $22.58-$27.56 hourly / $3,926-$4,793 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under direction, provides professional nutrition
services to participants of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Nutrition Program and clients of other nutrition components within
the Public Health Department; and performs related duties as
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Public Health Nutritionist is the
entry-journey level classification. Incumbents learn the WIC rules
and regulations in order to perform the full range of nutritionist
duties. It is distinguished from the WIC Site Supervisor by the
latter's responsibility for supervising and directing the work of
WIC clinic staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Assesses the nutritional status of and provides nutrition
counseling to high-risk pregnant or breast-feeding women, infants,
and young children in the WIC program, and clients in the nutrition
components of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), obstetrics, and
primary care clinics of the Public Health Department; through the
automated system, reviews participants' medical and nutrition
information to assess nutritional status; determines participants'
eligibility for program services by reviewing applications,
nutrition questionnaires, and medical charts; develops nutrition
plans for participants and helps participants select and prepare
foods based on their physical, financial, and psycho-social needs;
through the automated system, documents eligibility, nutrition
assessment and education, and referral information in compliance
with State regulations.
2. Assists senior-level staff in reviewing and selecting nutritional
education material such as pamphlets, textbooks, and audio-visual
aids for use by participants; develops informational material for
dissemination to individuals, groups, and the media.
3. Conducts outreach activities and serves as a nutrition expert by
responding to inquiries from the general public, sending related
information to various community groups, and by attending health
fairs, and community and physician groups; attends workshops and
conferences to keep abreast of the current issues and trends in the
field; coordinates, facilitates, and participates in WIC program
surveys and studies.
Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited
college or university with major course work in nutrition and
dietetics, and one year of training in a dietetic internship
approved by the American Dietetic Association.
Must be R.D. eligible upon appointment, and must obtain a dietitian
registration from the American Dietetic Association within one year
of appointment, as a condition of continued employment.
Additional Qualifications: Incumbents may be required to travel
independently to clinic sites; may be required to work evenings and
weekends; ability to speak/read/write Spanish fluently may be
required for some positions.
Knowledge of: nutrition principles and practices; current trends and
issues in nutrition; methods of nutrition and dietary assessments;
comparative costs of foods in relation to their nutritional value;
counseling techniques; community resources and services; and
standard office software.
Ability to: learn, interpret, and apply program rules and
regulations; perform diet analyses; learn nutritional habits or
cultural needs of program participants; establish rapport with and
motivate individuals from diverse backgrounds; conduct group
presentations; learn the educational methods appropriate for adults
and adolescents; establish and maintain working relationships with
superiors, co-workers, and the general public; maintain client