Now Hiring: Public Health Specialist - Biodetection

This position is within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office and is contingent upon contract award anticipated in March 2020. An active secret clearance is required. Multiple positions are available, so candidates with a wide range of experience levels are encouraged to apply. This position is located in the D.C. Metropolitan Area.

With the growing risk of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), DHS has taken concerted effort to create the federal government infrastructure necessary to effectively counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) threats. The CWMD Office aims to prevent attacks against the U.S. from WMD by providing response support to operational partners. As part of this effort, DHS recognizes the necessity of fostering public health expertise, and as such, is staffing public health positions to accomplish its strategic CWMD goals.

This position will be involved in emergency planning for and response to biological actionable results (BARs). The Public Health Specialist(s) will work to maintain planning documents which define roles and responsibilities, delineate coordination mechanisms, and outline processes for response to a biodetection. In the event of a BAR, the Public Health Specialist(s) will support the government response and follow standard procedures to facilitate information sharing surrounding the incident with pertinent stakeholders, brief CWMD senior leadership, evaluate the BAR response, and provide guidance on how to improve future incident responses.


CONSTANT is an award-winning, published 8(a) homeland security consulting firm known for our innovative solutions in emergency management, health security, healthcare preparedness, and counterterrorism. We have an enviable client base that spans private and public sectors – from entertainment to Federal government. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, with satellite offices in San Francisco and Washington D.C., CONSTANT is strategically located, with influence that spans from West to East.

CONSTANT has over 15 years of experience in the consulting realm and has expanded over that time to employ a very talented, dedicated cadre of full and part-time employees and subcontractors. CONSTANT’s core service areas include planning, training, exercise, and outreach. Since the inception of our company, our core values have remained steadfast: integrity, team, service and quality.

At CONSTANT, we work as a unified team to provide superior service and high-quality work with integrity to support our ultimate mission of making this world a safer place.

Your Responsibilities

  • Perform the functions of a technical expert in the relevant public health field in support of major programs or system development.
  • Apply expertise in defining and resolving system issues, performing analysis, and developing plans and requirements in the subject-matter area for complex systems.
  • Support planning activities for public health studies, and short-term activities to resolve technical issues.
  • Depending on experience and qualification, support, lead, or provide subject matter expertise to the development of guidance documents, exercises, training, concept of operations documents, and response plan in support of program objectives and to ensure documentation is comprehensive.
  • Develop and maintain a Biodetection Incident Response / Emergency Operations Plan to delineate and codify the Program Office’s response to BAR declarations and define roles, responsibilities, and coordination points with the DHS National Operations Center (NOC) and other key stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain the BAR Data Form used by jurisdictions to record important data related to a biological event.
  • Assist the Government in responding to an environmental biodetection within one (1) hour of a BAR declaration according to established protocols.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Active secret clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, medicine/veterinary medicine, environmental science or a related field.
  • At least 4 years’ experience (with master’s) or 8 years’ experience (with bachelor’s) working in public health, preparedness, and/or response with at least 4 years’ experience designing and implementing exercises involving public health programs/emergency response and/or developing preparedness documents to include, concept of operations, response plans, and guidance documents
  • And/or 10-12 years’ experience working in the public health field at the local, state, or federal level with at least 5 years’ experience in large public health programs in the areas of infectious disease, monitoring and response, public health preparedness, surveillance, or environmental health.
  • Strong communication and technical presentation skills, a teamwork mentality, and proficiency in Microsoft Office are required.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s or doctorate-level degree in public health, medicine/veterinary medicine, environmental science or a related field.
  • Knowledge of biological agents and their public health implications and experience in CBRNE planning, preparedness, detection, and response.
  • Familiarity with biodetection and BARs and experience collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders (i.e. federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector entities).

Compensation & Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits based on experience.

Contact Information

Submit your interest and application here.