WIC Nutrition Educator
Full-Time WIC Nutrition Educator at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Direct Service/Social Services
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $49,429.09 - $73,386.44 Annually
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Associate's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function


To determine eligibility for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program through a comprehensive assessment process; provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support; connect families to other social and community services; provide educational resources; make referrals to medical providers; and perform related duties as assigned.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules, i.e. promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction.

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this job, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list of job descriptions.

Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training and Experience Rating = 100%

The examination for WIC Nutrition Educator will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend your answers to the questions – do not mark "see resume" or "see work history" as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.
Eligible List: The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a WIC Nutrition Educator. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for three months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.

Veteran's Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.

Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.
To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application. (Download PDF reader) You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
For further information regarding this posting, please contact Nirvana.wallace@ramseycounty.us 


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Determine program eligibility by a comprehensive assessment (nutrition, social, economic, health, cultural, etc.) of the client/family.
  2. Perform anthropometric screening and assessment including complete height and weight measurements and assess growth according to World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) growth grids, pregnancy weight gain grids; and perform hemoglobin blood test; complete and evaluate a health history form to aid in identifying risk factors; and complete a dietary assessment. 
  3. Assess the participant health and nutrition status based on anthropometric and nutrition screening; and develop and implement individualized patient care plans to address any dietary or health concerns to meet identified nutritional, social, cultural, health, economic needs based on WIC program criteria.
  4. Coordinate, provide direct services, and document appropriate referrals to health care and community resources and programs; and monitor and re-evaluate participate health and nutritional status.
  5. Educate, counsel, and advise clients using nutrition, health and community resources to address identified needs by building on individual and family strengths; incorporate motivational interviewing and behavior change techniques to provide tailored nutrition education; and motivate families to make healthy changes.
  6. Determine appropriate food package for participants based on assessed needs through health and nutrition screenings.
  7. Issue WIC benefits and educate participants on use of the WIC benefits; and promote redemption of WIC foods.
  8. Provide breast/chest feeding promotion, education and support to pregnant participants.
  9. Explain WIC program policies, procedures, rights and responsibilities to WIC participants.
  10. Assist with other duties such as, but not limited to: filing; data entry; appointment scheduling; phone calls and reminder calls; and assist clinic coordinator.
  11. Assist in the training of new WIC Nutrition Educators by orienting them to clinic procedures.


(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Completion of an Associate Degree program in Dietetic Technology and registered or eligible to be registered as a Dietetic Technician by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Experience:   None.

Substitution:  The following options may substitute for the education requirement:  (a) Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Sciences, Community Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Dietetics, or Public Health Nutrition from a college or university accredited by the Association of Colleges and Schools; (b) Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics with emphasis in nutrition as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health WIC Program; or (c) any other nutrition related Bachelor's Degree acceptable to the State WIC Program. (No other substitution for education allowed.) 

Certifications/Licensure: If minimum qualifications are met by completion of Associate Degree in Dietetic Technology, must be registered as a dietetic technician by the Commission on Dietetic Registration before the end of the probation period.

Ramsey County

Contact: Nirvana Wallace
Phone 651-266-2700
Saint Paul, MN, Ramsey County, Minnesota 55101
Transit: No Transit