Force Health Protection Specialist

Clearance Level
Portsmouth, Virginia

REQ#: RQ59778

Travel Required: 10-25%
Public Trust: None
Requisition Type: Regular

GDIT is seeking a Research Scientist to support the Preventive Medicine efforts of the Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center. This group provides force health protection through enhancement of organic preventive medicine assets and rapid assessment of health threats in a theater of operations with the objective of either prevention or control. They also support Navy medical leaders who make Navy preventive medicine policy and medical department personnel who identify, evaluate, monitor, and respond to diseases, injuries, and environmental factors that threaten human health.


  • Assist the department head and senior sanitarian in the assessment, design, development and evaluation of environmental health program areas and policies in support of the Department of Defense (DOD) or Department of Navy (DON).
  • Provide subject matter expertise for policy development and policy updates supported by current requirements and scientific research.
  • Advise and consult with DON activities and other organizations on technical aspects of environmental health standards and prepare routine correspondence, manuals, instructions, fact sheets, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other risk communication products. This may include technical consultation to the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Units to enhance staff professional knowledge of environmental health programs.
  • Focus areas include shipboard, installation, military operational water and sanitation programs, as well as related surveillance programs covered in the Navy Preventive Medicine Manual (P-5010).
  • Provide professional technical guidance, sound environmental health concepts, principles, methods, and field experience to various DOD and DON organizations to safeguard Navy and Marine Corps personnel, beneficiaries, and property. Understand and interpret environmental health requirements of operational platforms whether INCONUS or OCONUS and directed by applicable international, national, state, local jurisdictions.
  • Knowledge of International and national public health laws, as relevant for overseas environmental governing standards and status of force agreements; International health guidance publications from United Nations, international associations, or technical bodies such as the World Health Organization, National Sanitation Foundation International; Code of Federal Regulations, statutes, laws, and publications from recognized federal agencies within the United States of America, such as: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
  • Understand and interpret Department of Defense directives (DODD) and/or DOD issuances (DODI).
  • Familiar with Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps (HQ, USMC), Operational Navy (OPNAV), Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Naval Supply Command (NAVSUP), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Personnel and Command (NAVPERS), Commander Naval Installation Command (CNIC), and Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) publications relevant to environmental health subjects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with emphasis in Environmental Health or closely related field.
  • 5+ years experience within scientific research and/or development studies
  • Experience in environmental health programs outlined in the Naval Manual of Preventive Medicine. Develop, draft and revise policies and standards.
  • Review scientific technical documents which impact existing policies and take appropriate follow up actions.
  • Provide presentations on Force Health Protection topics to individuals, large groups and/or senior DOD and DON personnel.
  • Implement and disseminate information in a timely manner via the Chain of Command and other established stakeholders to support the Command's mission of force health protection.
  • Effective oral and written communication, ability to engage in formal and informal discussion of technical matters, communicate risks, defend established positions, and clearly explain technical decisions to lay personnel.
  • Travel to support tasks within the continental U.S. and abroad may be required. Telework to support tasks on an ad hoc/situational basis.
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Interim Secret Clearance, Active Secret clearance HIGHLY preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with other organizations and foster a strong work environment.
  • Organizational, planning and problem-solving skills desired.
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