Public Health Nurse I

Machias, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Dec. 13, 2019
Opening Date: November 13, 2019

Closing Date:  December 13, 2019

Job Class Code: 4051
Grade: 20 (Nurses)  
Salary: $43,056.00-$55,993.60/yr.
Position Number: 02033-0461 and 02033-0501
LOCATION: Machias Full Time (2 vacancies)


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.

The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

As a Public Health Nurse, you will provide public health nursing services to individuals, families, and population groups. Nursing actions are directed toward the goals of prevention, assessment, risk reduction, and health status improvement for individuals, families and communities. Nursing activities include, but are not limited to, systematic analysis of health data, care plan development, health education and advocacy, coalition building, and collaborating with community partners to promote the health of a population. As a Public Health Nurse, you will often collaborate and consult within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams to achieve desirable outcomes for families and communities. Public Health Nursing interventions occur at individual, family, community and system levels depending upon the responsibilities of the position and the issues involved.

You will also:
• Use public health surveillance/disease investigation methods in community outreach, screening, and case finding of communicable and infectious diseases that threaten the health of the community.
• Document patient assessment and intervention data in medical records. Use established medical record forms, databases and documentation practices.
• Assume responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing education, participating in professional committees and work groups
• Apply the nursing process to individuals and families including health assessment, care plan development, implementation and evaluation, resource coordination, and/or referral to meet demonstrated health care needs.
• Plan, develop and coordinate client care with hospitals, medical providers, schools, and social services agencies to ensure necessary services are delivered.
• Practice, evidence-based Public Health Nursing to promote the health of individuals, families and groups.


 A three (3) year combination of training and experience which includes graduation from an approved nursing education program and 15 credit hours in psychology, sociology, nutrition, rehabilitation, or community health – AND – six (6) months of graduate nurse experience – OR – graduation from a four (4) year nursing education program.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in the class).

Licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse as issued by the State Board of Nursing.

Preferred candidates will have:

• A desire to make a difference in Maine communities and identify emerging health concerns.
• Knowledge of public health programs, current nursing principles and practices, and nursing process.
• Knowledge of public health nursing laws, education, and administration.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and writing.


For additional information about this position please contact Kate Downing, Director of Public Health Nursing Program at (207) 287-3121 or by email at To apply, please upload a recent resume, cover letter, and transcript (transcript needed only if education is used to meet the minimum qualifications). To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Smith at

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.