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Public Health Nutritionist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Fergus, Ontario
Deadline December 31, 2016

J1116-0460 Public Health Nutritionist

Job Details

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Fergus, Ontario, Canada
Desired Salary: 37.54 $CAD /Hour to 44.14 $CAD /Hour
Reports To: Manager, Chronic Disease, Injury Prevention and Substance Misuse
Posting closes: December 31st, 2016

Job Description

Position Summary:

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is a community-centred agency dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Wellington County, Dufferin County and Guelph communities. Our team works to achieve this each and every day by offering important, evidence-based health information, programs and services. Our goal is to support our community members in achieving their highest level of health.

Joining our team will involve working with passionate people and performing meaningful work that will support a healthier community for over 272,000 area residents. We believe it’s important to promote health in our own workplace, because in order to be our best, we have to feel our best. At Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health our goal is to help maintain not only the physical, but emotional, financial and social health and well-being of our team. Our employees enjoy a competitive compensation package, professional training and development opportunities and a healthy work-life balance.

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Public Health Nutritionist plans, develops, implements and evaluates nutrition promotion programs within the Board of Health policy and approved budget. This position will provide nutrition consultation services to the staff of the Board of Health and other health professionals in the community and members of the general public.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provides guidance and nutrition expertise to community agencies, coalitions and task groups on behalf of the program at the local, regional and provincial level.
  • Assesses local data and best-practice literature to plan, implement and evaluate community-based programs and services.
  • Mobilizes community stakeholders to advocate for healthy public policy and environmental supports that will make the communities healthier places to live. This may include facilitation of community stakeholder groups.
  • Creates health communication materials and resources on nutrition topics throughout the life cycle.
  • Provides telephone consultation for members of the public on basic nutrition related information and referrals to local and provincial programs, services and private practice dietitians (note: does not provide direct counseling).
  • Provides orientation and support to volunteers, dietetic interns and masters level nutrition students.
  • Participate in program planning and decision-making.
  • Participate in team meetings and regular ongoing communication with internal and external groups.
  • Oversees implementation of funded projects including monitoring expenses and coordinates the involvement of other staff and community volunteers.
  • Identifies and establishes relationships with key community stakeholders and champions.
  • Maintains records, work plans, budgets, proposals, statistics and data related to Public Health.
  • Provide telephone consultation

Hours of Work:

Regular office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Flexible working hours are required

Position Effective: January 30th, 2017


  • A Master’s degree in nutrition (from a recognized university) with an emphasis in public health or community nutrition. (Reference: Revised Regulations of Ontario, Regulation 566 under Health Protection and Promotion Act).
  • Registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
  • Two Years practical work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion strategies and models.
  • Computer application experience in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Able to interface with external community groups.

For further details and to apply view the posting on our website.

Closing Statement:

We thank all applicants, however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

WDG Public Health is an equal opportunity agency. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine eligibility.

WDG Public Health is committed to providing accommodations during the recruitment process for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation(s), please advise Human Resources in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.