Pre-Registered Dietitian (Pre-Registered Nutritionist)

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The Department of Public Health (DPH) is recruiting for Pre-Registered Dietitians*who plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community nutrition programs for targeted populations. Pre-Registered Dietitians work under close supervision while waiting to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examination for registration as a Registered Dietitian (Registered Nutritionist). Immediate vacancies exist within the DPH, which may include positions in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP), and/or Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) programs. Program placement is based upon department discretion, and contingent upon organizational/staffing coverage needs.

The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies as they occur.

  • Official Job Title:Pre-Registered Nutritionist

For a more detailed description of job duties, refer to the Pre-Registered Nutritionist .

As an alternative to the traditional benefits package, you may also be eligible to elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO) that provides an increased base rate of pay ($1.75 per hour above the base rate of pay) with modified benefits. For more detailed information on the MBO for Professional Unit, refer to theMBO - Professional Unit BbOU - Benefits Summary Guide.


Travel:Incumbents may be required to travel throughout the county to work in multiple offices within a specified region, such as the High Desert (e.g., Victorville, Barstow), Low Desert (e.g., 29 Palms, Yucca Valley), and surrounding San Bernardino areas. Employees may be required to make provision for transportation; mileage reimbursement is available.

Travel/Driver License: Travel throughout the County may be required. Incumbent may be required to use personal vehicle for such travel; mileage reimbursement is available. At the time of hire, a valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced and maintained for the individual providing the transportation.

Background Investigation:Pre-Registered Dietitian* incumbentmust pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, and verification of employment history and education.

Trainee:Pre-Registered Dietitian is a trainee-level classification.Pre-Registered Dietitian must be promoted to journey-level classification (Registered Dietitian $4,423 - $6,231 monthly) upon successful completion of the trainee period (e.g., complete all academic and supervised practice requirements to meet eligibility requirements to apply for, take, and pass the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examination registration examination, receipt of satisfactory work progress reports, as applicable) within 18 months of hire, or be terminated. Refer to the MOU for additional information.

COVD-19 Vaccination: Dependent on program assignment, some positions may require vaccination against COVID-19. Please review the vaccination requirement below.

Per the December 24, 2021 updated CA State Public Health Officer Order, all workers who provide services or work in facilities described in subdivision (a) of the order, includingclinics and doctor offices, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition, CDPH Public Health Officer Orders updated on February 22, 2022 requires all workers in health care settings currently eligible for boosters, who provide services or work in the impacted facilities must be "fully vaccinated and boosted" for COVID-19 by March 1, 2022.Workers may be exempt from the vaccination requirements under section (1).View the full order here:

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Workers in impacted health care facilities who are not "fully vaccinated and boosted" are required to submit to COVID-19 testing at least twice per week to meet testing requirements.

The entire All Facilities Letter notifying of updates to the Public Health Order is available at the following link:AFL 21-34.3 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Personnel (HCP). Minimum Requirements

Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination Eligibility: Applicantmust complete all academic and supervised practice requirements to meet the eligibility requirements to take the RD examination as set forth bythe Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (IMPORTANT: The Authorization to Test email received from Pearson VUE, CDR's testing agency, confirming that CDR has validated your eligibility requirements and has approved you to take the RD examination, mustbe submitted with the application.)


  • To view the RD examination eligibility requirement options, visit theCDR web siteat

  • Inquiries related to registration eligibility can be [email protected]

  • Ifyou already possess current registration as a Registered Dietitian with the CDR, then you may be eligible for the journey-level Registered Dietitian position, which requires a separate application. Click on thejourney-level Registered Dietitianto view the separate recruitment.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants fluent in American Sign Language, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and/or Vietnamese are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional compensation is associated with positions requiring the use of bilingual skills. Testing of bilingual skills may be required to receive additional compensation.

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