Colorado State Food Safety Center of Excellence Epidemiologist-1973 in Denver, Colorado

Department Information

Make a real difference . . . Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
  • A variety of employee resource groups
  • Employee wellness programs and facilities
  • Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:

Description of Job

Work Unit The Communicable Disease Branch exists to monitor, investigate, and control epidemic and communicable diseases affecting the public health in Colorado, as required under Colorado statute, including enteric diseases, invasive bacterial diseases, respiratory diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, zoonotic diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases and healthcare-associated infections.

This position is in the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CoE), which in within the Communicable Disease Branch. The Colorado CoE is one of six Food Safety Centers of Excellence created as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The goal of the centers is to create partnerships between state health departments, schools of public health and agriculture schools to improve foodborne illness outbreak surveillance and investigations. Specific goals include identifying best practices that can be implemented to identify outbreaks more quickly and solve them faster and developing training for students and public health professionals in outbreak detection and response. The Colorado CoE is a joint effort between the department, the Colorado School of Public Health and Colorado State University.

About the Position

  • Analyzes, interprets, and summarizes public health data from various sources to assess enteric disease outbreak response and suggest improvements.
  • Writes reports and disseminates findings to other Center of Excellence (CoE) sites, CoE partners, at scientific meetings, and via publication in public health literature, as appropriate.
  • Assists with development relevant trainings, tools, and resources on foodborne outbreak investigation.
  • Participates in promoting trainings, tools, and resources to public health professionals around the United States.
  • Delivers some of the trainings and facilitates some meetings.
  • Participates in enteric disease outbreak investigation as needed to assist the communicable disease epidemiology program when extra staffing is needed and assess firsthand the outbreak investigation techniques in use. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, epidemiology, nursing, public health, environmental health or a closely related field; AND
  • One year of professional experience in surveillance and epidemiology.


  • A combination of work experience which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in public health or a field closely related to the position may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree and experience.

The required*_experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. "See Resume" statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated._*

A copy of your college/university transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies The preferred experience, competencies, and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Master's in Public Health with coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Disease investigation or disease control experience
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Experience investigating foodborne outbreaks
  • Accountable
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Conditions of Employment

  • Must maintain ability and willingness to independently travel approximately 10% of the time. Travel will be to work meetings and trainings in Colorado, with occasional out of state trips. Some overnight stays will be required.
  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
  • On Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency (e.g. bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak, or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • On Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place. Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via
  2. A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
  3. A copy of your college/university transcripts showing your degree was conferred. Transcripts can be attached to your CO Jobs application.

The Selection Process:Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
  3. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
  4. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Job Type: Part Time

Job Number: FAA01973-11/16

Closing: 12/9/2016 11:59 PM Mountain

Agency: State of Colorado

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Salary: $28,692.00 - $41,997.60 Annually

Location: Denver, CO

Department: Department of Public Health & Environment