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Lactation Specialist

Recruitment #0919-RS9215-AC


This recruitment is being conducted to fill one vacancy in the Public Health Services WIC Program and to establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

Public Health Services
WIC Program Location:  620 N Aurora St., Suite 2, Stockton, CA
Department website:

The WIC Program of San Joaquin County has an exciting opportunity for a certified lactation consultant to join the staff as a full-time Lactation Specialist.  The Lactation Specialist services as the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for the USDA WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, provides specialized breastfeeding support to WIC participants, and provides direction and guidance to WIC Peer Counselors.

This position will work on the Regional Breastfeeding Liaison Project, connecting WIC's breastfeeding services to hospitals and other community services, as well as providing a seamless support network for the breastfeeding WIC mother.  Previous WIC or healthcare experience is desirable.

Pre-Employment Drug Screening:  Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.


  • Conducts assessments of mothers and infants at high risk for breastfeeding complications and provides counseling to WIC clients, either in person or over the phone; determines physical or other impediments to successful breastfeeding.
  • Develops a care plan and conducts follow up assessments, including monitoring weight and health of the baby to ensure that both mother and baby are healthy; documents assessments and notes case progress in the case file; when necessary, refers mothers to qualified medical professionals.
  • Serves as a lead worker by assigning and monitoring the work of subordinate Breastfeeding Counselors and/or other WIC staff; ensures that staff are properly trained and are providing accurate breastfeeding information to clients; may provide input on employee performance; may assist with the selection of new employees.
  • Conducts in-service instruction for program staff, interns, volunteers and others regarding the appropriate delivery of breastfeeding services.
  • Assists the Program Coordinator in monitoring and evaluating program and service delivery to ensure compliance with State requirements; assists in the formulation of program goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains an advanced knowledge base in the area of breastfeeding; serves as an expert technical resource to guide program, community and support staff.
  • Participates in the development and evaluation of breastfeeding promotion and education services; provides breastfeeding education to clients, both one-on-one and in group settings, to discuss the advantages of breastfeeding, educate mothers on medical or other problems that might be encountered during nursing, and explain the nutritional needs of nursing women and babies.
  • May assist the Program Coordinator with the development of grant proposals and other administrative projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Licenses and Certificates: Current certification as a Lactation Consultant by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners; and possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Knowledge of: Current principles and practices of breastfeeding counseling, lactation management; and the benefits of breastfeeding; the nutritional needs of infants and nursing women; breast feeding problems and solutions; office administrative principles and practices, including the use of computers in a clinical setting; effective communication skills.


Ability to: Assess clients to identify their breastfeeding risks; counsel and advise clients on a wide variety of breastfeeding practices and topics; help clients resolve breastfeeding problems; provide guidance to other program staff; exercise patience and tact while interacting with staff, clients and the general public.


Physical/Mental Requirements: Mobility - Frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional standing for long periods of time; occasional driving of a vehicle. Frequency of Lifting - Occasional lifting of 5 to 30 lbs. Visual Requirements - Constant need for overall vision and close up work; frequent need for hand/eye coordination; occasional use of color perception, depth perception and field of vision/peripheral vision. Dexterity - Frequent holding, repetitive motion and writing; occasional reaching and grasping. Hearing/Talking - Constant haring of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio and talking on the telephone; frequent hearing of faint sounds; frequent talking in person. Emotional/Psychological Factors - Constant public contact; frequent decision making, concentration; occasional working alone, traveling, exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief and death. Special Requirements – may work varied shifts, including weekends, holidays and extended schedules, due to emergencies; Environmental Conditions – frequent exposure to varied weather conditions.


Health Insurance: San Joaquin County provides employees with a choice of three health plans: a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan. Employees pay a portion of the cost of the premium. Dependent coverage is also available.

Dental Insurance: The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans: Delta Dental and Pacific Union Dental. There is no cost

Vision Insurance: The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP). There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.
For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at under Human Resources/Benefits.

Life Insurance: The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows:

1 but less than 3 years of continuous service: $1,000
3 but less than 5 years of continuous service: $3,000
5 but less than 10 years of continuous service: $5,000
10 years of continuous service or more: $10,000

Employee may purchase additional term life insurance at the group rate.

125 Flexible Benefits Plan: This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit).

Retirement Plan: Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Law of 1937. Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at for more information. NOTE: If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Employees’ Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.

Deferred Compensation: The County maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less.
Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000.

Vacation: Maximum earned vacation is 10 days each year up to 3 years; 15 days after 3 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years.

Holiday: For Civil Service employees hired before 12/7/2011: 14 paid holidays per year. For employees after 12/7/11: 10 paid holidays per year.

Flexible Holidays: Effective July 1, 2017, for employees on or after 12/7/11, four flexible holidays each fiscal year. Hours accrued must be used prior to the end of each fiscal year.

Sick Leave: 12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation. Sick leave incentive: An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one- half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue. The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year.

Bereavement Leave: 3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child.

Merit Salary Increase: New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range. After employees serve 26 pay periods(2080 hours) on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step.

Job Sharing: Employees may agree to job-share a position, subject to approval by a Department Head and the Director of Human Resources.

Educational Reimbursement Program: Eligible employees may be reimbursed for career-related course work up to a maximum of $850 per fiscal year. Eligible employees enrolled in an approved four (4) year College or University academic program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year.
Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton: The County contributes up to $17 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.

School Activities: Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.

Selection Procedures

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will go through the following examination process:

  • Written Exam: The civil service written exam is a multiple choice format.  If the written exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Oral Exam:   The oral exam is a structured interview process that will assess the candidate’s education, training, and experience and may include a practical exercise.   The oral exam selection process is not a hiring interview.   A panel of up to four people will determine the candidate’s score and rank for placement on the eligible list.  Top candidates from the eligible list are referred for hiring interviews.  If the oral exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list. 
  • Written & Oral Exam:  If both a written exam and an oral exam is administered, the written exam is weighted at 60% and the oral exam is weighted at 40% unless otherwise indicated on the announcement.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% on each examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Rate-out:  A rate-out is an examination that involves a paper rating of the candidate’s application using the following criteria: education, training, and experience. Candidates will not be scheduled for the rate-out process. 

 Note:  The rating of 70 referred to may be the same or other than an arithmetic 70% of the total possible points.

Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date.   

Veteran’s Points:  Eligible veterans, unmarried widows and widowers of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged and who have served during wartime shall be given veteran’s points in initial appointment to County service.  Eligible veterans receive 5 points and eligible disabled veterans receive 10 points. Disabled veterans must submit a recent award letter stating a 10% service connected disability issued by the United States Veterans Administration.  Note:  A copy of your DD214 showing the discharge type must be received in the Human Resources by the date of the examination.

Acceptable wartime service dates:

  • September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946

  • June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

  • August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

  • Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.

Eligible Lists:   Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification.  Eligible lists are effective for nine months, but may be extended by the Human Resources Director for a period which shall not exceed a total of three years from the date established.

Certification/Referral: Names from the eligible list will be referred to the hiring department by the following methods.

  • Rule of the Rank: The top rank or ranks of eligibles will be referred for hiring interviews.  The minimum number of names to be referred will be equal to the number of positions plus nine, or 10% of the eligible list, whichever is higher.  When filling nine or more positions in a department at the same time, the top rank or ranks will be referred and the minimum number of names shall be two times the number of positions to be filled or 10% of the eligible list, whichever is higher. This applies only to open competitive recruitments.
  • Rule of Five:  The top five names will be referred for hiring interviews.  This applies only to department or countywide promotional examination.

Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination. The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

Pre-Employment Drug Screening Exam:  Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.

Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grand parent, grand child or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when;

  • They are related to the Appointing Authority or

  • The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other.

Department Head may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.

Proof of Eligibility:  If you are offered a job you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S. 


Apply Online:

By mail or in person:  

San Joaquin County Human Resources

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, Ca 95202                                  


Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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