• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Monterey County Department of Social Services

Department of social services

$8,271.00 – $11,296.00 Monthly

Salinas or Seaside or King City

Job Type

Monterey County Department of Social Services

Position Information 

Under general supervision, perform professional nursing services, instruction, and health counseling to individuals, families or groups in homes, and community settings for the purpose of prevention and control of diseases and the promotion of health, and to do other work as required.

This is the full working level class in the Public Health Nurse career series. Incumbents perform the full scope of public health nursing duties by initiating and carrying out special programs within an assigned caseload or geographical area under limited supervision.

Positions in this class are distinguished from positions in the class of Staff Nurse by the environment in which the work is performed (Staff Nurses typically work in primary care facilities), by the somewhat independent nature of the practice, and by the instructional, educational emphasis of their work and by the educational training in public health.

This position functions as a member of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Care Team.  Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation perpetrated on older adults or individuals with disabilities.  The APS Care Team is housed within the greater Adult Protective Services Program.  A Public Health Nurse within the APS Care Team will utilize a medical model to work with APS connected clients who require additional care coordination and longer-term case management services.

The eligible list established from this recruitment process may be used to fill the current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis county-wide. 

Examples of Duties 

  1. Plans, organizes and provides nursing services within an assigned specialty, or geographical area.
  2. Provides case finding, health counseling and instruction and epidemiological investigation in connection with the prevention and control of disease and the promotion of health.
  3. Applies the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation.
  4. Provides care and treatment for health problems; carries out physician’s orders; administers injections and oral medications applied in the home, or group situation.
  5. Refers clients to appropriate resources, agencies and clinics for further evaluation and treatment.
  6. Evaluates individual and family situations for problems detrimental to good health; conducts health appraisals and screening.
  7. Coordinates care of individuals and families with public and private agencies; confers with physicians, nursing staff, other agencies and community members.
  8. Determines special needs of an assigned area; recommends and implements projects to address those needs; participates with community groups in identifying and developing needed public health services.
  9. Keeps records, prepares reports, compiles statistical information.

Thorough knowledge of:

  1. Principles, methods and practices of public health nursing.
  2. Community aspects of nursing programs including provisions for continuity of patient care, nursing services in health programs and nursing care in the home.

Working knowledge of:

  1. The use of community resources for assistance in public health programs.
  2. Federal, state and local laws and regulations governing public health.
  3. Epidemiologic investigation, control and care of chronic and communicable diseases and illness, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions.
  4. Environmental, sociological and psychological problems associated with public health nursing clients and families.
  5. Normal and abnormal human physiological development and behavior patterns.
  6. Prevention, detection, reporting and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
  7. Principles and procedures involved with family planning, venereal disease control, maternal and child health and communicable diseases.

Some knowledge of:

  1. Principles of mental health.
  2. Current literature and trends in community health.
  3. Teaching principles and techniques.

 Skill to:

  1. Analyze information and draw logical conclusions.
  2. Speak effectively to address groups and individuals.
  3. Write to prepare reports and records.
  4. Follow oral and written instructions.
  5. Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  6. Use common medical instructions.
  7. Manage an assigned caseload.

Minimum Qualifications 

Pursuant to Title 17 of the California Administrative Code, possession of a license in active status, to practice as a registered nurse in California and possession of a Public Health Nursing Certificate.

One year of responsible professional experience in Public Health Nursing. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience to satisfactorily perform these duties.

Supplemental Information 

  • The ability to speak, read and write Spanish in addition to English would be an asset in this position, but is not required.
  • Employees who drive on County business to carry out job related duties must possess a valid CA Driver License for the class vehicle driven.
  • The Department of Social Services will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
  • Monterey County, like all employers, is required to verify an employee’s right to work in the United States.  Accordingly, on the first day of employment, employees must have and show those documents that verify your legal right to work in the United States.  Examples of accepted documentation are a U.S. Passport, or Alien Registration Card; or driver’s license and Social Security Card; or driver’s license and U.S. Birth Certificate.
  • Additionally, our agency requires a valid social security card in order to process employee paychecks.  Accordingly, on the first day of employment, employees must have and show this document.
  • Government agencies accessing US government information, which include federal tax information must ensure that background investigation requirements for all agency employees and contractors that have access to federal tax information are consistent to the IRS background investigation requirements for access to federal tax information. A background check may be required if the position requires access to these types of records. Background requirements consist of three components which include, fingerprinting, citizenship verification and local law enforcement checks. Applicable agencies must conduct investigation during time of hire and ensure a reinvestigation is conducted 10 years from the date of the previous background investigation for each employee that has access to federal tax information.

Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. For more information, please visit the “S” Unit Benefits Summary Sheet here:


This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

On July 30, 2021, the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link. Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical /Religion.

If you would like to request Veteran’s preference points as part of the application packet, please attach a copy of your DD-214 form to your application.


If supplemental questions are included as a part of this job bulletin, applicants may be rated based upon their responses to the supplemental questions. If rated, only those that are determined to be highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.


Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or religious reasons. If you require such arrangements, please contact CalHR at mssprogram@calhr.ca.gov or 916-323-2785 upon notification that your application has been approved. Documentation from medical, military, school, or church officials outlining the accommodation request must be received by our office a minimum of five business days prior to a scheduled examination.

Located on California’s picturesque Pacific Coast, the County of Monterey is blessed with mild weather year-round and is home to miles of beautiful beaches, spectacular mountain ranges, groves of redwoods, low-rolling foothills, and a bountiful valley. With a population exceeding 400,000, the County is proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities, and multicultural lifestyles. Boasting such world-renowned attractions as the spectacular Big Sur coast, 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Steinbeck Center, the Monterey Jazz and Blues Festivals, and Pebble Beach – possibly the world’s most famous golf course, it’s easy to see why an estimated 4.3 million visitors a year make Monterey County their destination of choice.

In addition to a thriving tourist trade, Monterey County’s economy is largely based on a vigorous agricultural industry. Known as the ‘salad bowl of the nation’ the Salinas Valley provides fresh vegetables and salad greens to the entire country. California’s 16th largest county also provides many educational opportunities for its residents including California State University at Monterey Bay, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Presidio of Monterey, and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). All these factors combine to make Monterey County a healthy, economically diverse region eager to foster and sustain an enriching lifestyle for its residents.

Monterey County Department of Social Services is seeking enthusiastic applicants, who genuinely care about the community and its members, to join its team. Monterey County Department of Social Services administers over seventy programs that daily serve an estimated 200,000 residents of Monterey County.  Department programs include Community Benefits (Public Assistance Eligibility), Family and Children’s Services (Child Welfare Services), Aging and Adult Services (Adult Protective Services, IHSS, and Area Agency on Aging), CalWORKs Employment Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Community Action Partnership. Careers with the Department of Social Services offer the opportunity to promote the social and economic self-reliance of individuals and families served by providing essential resources and services to low-income families, veterans, vulnerable children and adults, and disabled individuals. Monterey County Department of Social Services welcomes, values, and encourages diverse voices, opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds to foster an environment where all viewpoints are appreciated. The Department currently has a team of approximately 874 dedicated members serving Monterey County residents.

Monterey County is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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