CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CAREERS

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STUDENT AND POSTDOCTORAL

PhD Graduate Assistantship (VectorED Network, DE)

The graduate assistant will work under the supervision of Vincenzo Ellis on projects associated with the CDC funded VectorED Network: 1) molecular barcoding of mosquito species and 2) evaluation of a rodent baited vaccine against the Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi. Duties will include field work (trapping and identifying mosquitos, dragging for and identifying ticks), molecular lab work, bioinformatics, data analysis, and writing. This is a paid stipend position. To apply, email a 1) cover letter including research interests and relevant experiences, 2) CV including undergraduate GPA, Masters thesis information and GPA, publications (if any), and the names and contact information for two references including Masters degree major professor (indicate which reference person is Masters degree major professor) to Vincenzo Ellis with “PhD VectorED Assistantship” in the subject line.


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Postdoctoral Fellow (The University of Maine, ME)

The University of Maine is looking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow to facilitate, coordinate, and engage in rigorous, collaborative research partnerships involving faculty and staff associated with the Gardner Lab in the School of Biology and Ecology and the Tick Lab at UMaine Cooperative Extension. The postdoctoral research fellow will advance their individual professional development as a researcher and scholar while contributing to the larger goals of the tick-borne disease research program at UMaine. The postdoctoral research fellow will be responsible for liaising with allied scholarly, government, and non-profit partners and contributing to the broad research and service missions of the University. Principal duties of the position will include: 1) planning and conducting original research activities related to tick-borne disease ecology autonomously while working collaboratively with team members, 2) facilitating opportunities for interactions among multiple departments, colleges, and external partners to foster collaboration, 3) preparing manuscripts for publication and presenting research findings at professional meetings and workshops, and 4) participating in identifying and submitting funding proposals in support of tick-borne disease ecology research activities. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have a substantial role in science communication and stakeholder engagement related to their research activities.


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SUMMER AND SEASONAL

Student Research Intern (Collier MCD, FL)

Interns will assist with research studies and mosquito surveillance activities designed to inform and improve District operations. This will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, including adult mosquito trapping, larval sampling, mosquito identification, data entry and other operational and research tasks as necessary. Interns will gain hands-on experience in mosquito trapping and surveillance, pesticide resistance, mosquito biology, disease surveillance, mosquito taxonomy and public outreach. They will also have the opportunity to obtain a Public Health Pest Applicators License during the internship.

Location: Naples, FL
Salary: $19.22 per hour
Application due: 4/19/2024

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Seasonal Mosquito Education Internship (Fresno MVCD, CA)

Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. The District accepts applications for seasonal employment throughout the year. Generally, the summer employment season is from March through October (depending on weather).

Location: Fresno, CA
Salary
: $18.00 per hour

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Seasonal Mosquito Control Technician (Fresno MVCD, CA)

Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. The District accepts applications for seasonal employment throughout the year. Generally, the summer employment season is from March through October (depending on weather).

Location: Fresno, CA
Salary
: $20.00 – $21.50 per hour

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Seasonal Mosquito & Vector Control Assistant (Butte County MVCD, CA)

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the District Manager, Assistant Manager, and Regional Supervisor and direct supervision of the Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist, Entomologist, Pilot or Mechanic the Mosquito and Vector Control Assistant, Lab Assistant or Shop/Hangar Assistant (Seasonal) performs vector surveillance, performs vector control operations, insect identification, pesticide efficacy trials, resistance studies and provides public education within the District’s service area, is assigned a geographic zone and/or specialized function of a vector control agency and performs work as required.The District currently maintains 18 full-time employees on its staff. In addition, the District hires ten to fourteen seasonal employees during the mosquito season.


Location: Oroville, CA
Salary: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour
Applications due: Open until filled

Seasonal Mosquito Control Aide (Alameda County MAD, CA)

The Seasonal Mosquito Control Aide will rotate between lab and field work, with a chance to engage in outreach with the public. This position is expected to run from April/May through October/November (season length varies, estimated to last approximately 1,000 hours). To apply, read the announcement and email your resume to Michelle Robles, Financial and HR Specialist, at michelle@mosquitoes.org.

Location: Hayward, CA
Salary:
$21.00 – $25.00 per hour
Application due: 4/21/2024 at 5pm PDT

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Seasonal Mosquito Control Aide (Fresno MVCD, CA)

Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. The District accepts applications for seasonal employment throughout the year. Generally, the summer employment season is from March through October (depending on weather).

Location: Fresno, CA
Salary
: $18.00  – $19.00 per hour

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Seasonal Lab Assistant (San Mateo County MVCD, CA)

Applications are always accepted and kept on file for three years.

San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control is inviting applications to fill this position. The Seasonal Laboratory Assistant, under direct supervision of the Laboratory Director and/or Vector Ecologists, shall assist laboratory staff in all aspects of in-lab and laboratory-related field work, including performing surveillance for invasive Aedes mosquito species through a countywide trapping program.

Location: Burlingame, CA
Starting salary
: $26.00 – $31.00 per hour
Application due: Open until filled
Dates: May/June through October/November (season length varies)

Seasonal Vector Control Aides I/II (San Mateo County MVCD, CA)

Applications are always accepted and kept on file for three years.

San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control is inviting applications to fill this position. Under direct supervision of the Operations Director, Field Operations Supervisor or Vector Control Technicians shall carry out routine inspections of residences in areas known to have mosquitoes, and/or complete field work entailing inspection and larvicidal treatment of creeks, catch basins, drains, salt marsh areas, miscellaneous sources, and stocking mosquito fish in backyard ponds. These positions also include preparing materials and equipment for work assignments, service requests, clearing access ways, some drainage maintenance, general maintenance, housekeeping, and assistance with frequent or routine needs. Seasonal employees are required to work dependably and cooperatively with others, maintain and appreciate safety precautions, and operate some specialized equipment. Seasonal employees may operate right-hand drive vehicles. Applications are always accepted and kept on file for three years.

Starting salary: $19.00 – $25.00 per hour (depending on experience)
Location: Burlingame, CA
Dates: April/May through October/November (season length varies)


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Seasonal Laboratory Aide (Contra Costa MVCD, CA)

The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the supervision of the Scientific Programs Manager, assists with field surveys for vectors and vector-borne diseases; assists with care/maintenance of sentinel chicken flocks; records data and performs routine data entry; assists with laboratory assays and applied research projects; keeps laboratory and lab equipment clean and organized; assists with repair and maintenance of field surveillance equipment, but may include other work needed by the District.

Location: Concord, CA
Salary: $20.00 – $25.00 per hour
Application due: Open until filled


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Seasonal Laboratory Vector Assistant (Shasta MVCD, CA)

The position of Seasonal Vector Assistant (SVA) is a temporary position which requires candidates to be available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The term of the position is anticipated to begin in April and is expected to go through the end of September. The term and scheduled days or hours may be increased or decreased depending upon the needs of the program and department. This position will be limited to work no more than 1,000 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Location: Anderson, CA
Salary: $18.00 – $22.00 per hour
Application due: Open until filled


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Field & Lab Assistant/Seasonal Helper (Lake County VCD, CA)

The Field & Lab Assistant/Seasonal Helper traps mosquitoes and other insects, tends chicken flocks, identifies insects, and learns a variety of skills related to public health. An interest in biology is helpful but not required.  No experience is required. This is a 40-hour/week position. The position is expected to run from April 1 through August 31.

Location: Lakeport, CA
Salary: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour
Application due: Open until filled

Seasonal Lab Assistant (Butte County MVCD, CA)

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District is inviting applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the District Manager and direct supervision of the Entomologist II or Entomologist I / Biologist I, if an Entomologist II is not employed, the Lab Assistant, assists with vector surveillance, insect identification, pesticide efficacy trials, resistance studies, vector-borne disease surveillance, lab and surveillance equipment preparation and maintenance, tabulates data, and/or any other specialized function of a vector control agency and performs work as required. The District currently maintains 18 full-time employees on its staff. In addition, the District hires ten to fourteen seasonal employees during the mosquito season.

Location: Oroville, CA
Salary: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour
Applications due: Open until filled

Seasonal Utility Worker (San Joaquin County MVCD, CA)

This is a seasonal position that runs from April 29th, 2024 through mid-October 2024. Under general supervision of the District Assistant Entomologist, and/or Mosquito Control Supervisor, utility worker assists in the surveillance, inspection, and control of mosquitoes and other vectors; performs supportive work such as lab and facilities maintenance, record keeping, and other related work.
Location: Stockton, CA
Salary: $22.55 per hour
Application due: Open until filled


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VECTOR CONTROL / PUBLIC HEALTH

Entomologist III & IV (Lihue, Kauai, HI)

State Entomologist are concerned with flies, snails, beetles and other pests (including rodents) of economic and/or medical significance, and with the development, test or application of methods for their propagation or control. Major approaches to problem solving include methods of manipulating the effectiveness of the natural enemy; modifying the environment; changing adverse agricultural practices; introducing predators, parasites, pathogens and other beneficial organisms; devising and adapting abatement practices; applying chemicals; and integrating biological, chemical, cultural and/or other control measures. The Entomologist III independently performs a limited range of professional entomological assignments; may serve as project leader; and performs other related duties as assigned. The Entomologist IV independently performs the analysis, evaluation and solution of complex entomological problems with statewide implications; may supervise lower level entomologist as assigned; and performs other related duties as assigned.   

Location: Island of Kauai, HI
Starting salary: Level III – $4,690 to $5,713 per month (SR-20, Step D to I); Level IV – $5,076 to $6,177 per month (SR-22, Step D to I).
Application due: Continuous

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Entomologist III & IV (Wailuku to Kahului, Maui, HI)

State Entomologist are concerned with flies, snails, beetles and other pests (including rodents) of economic and/or medical significance, and with the development, test or application of methods for their propagation or control. Major approaches to problem solving include methods of manipulating the effectiveness of the natural enemy; modifying the environment; changing adverse agricultural practices; introducing predators, parasites, pathogens and other beneficial organisms; devising and adapting abatement practices; applying chemicals; and integrating biological, chemical, cultural and/or other control measures. The Entomologist III independently performs a limited range of professional entomological assignments; may serve as project leader; and performs other related duties as assigned. The Entomologist IV independently performs the analysis, evaluation and solution of complex entomological problems with statewide implications; may supervise lower level entomologist as assigned; and performs other related duties as assigned.   

Location: Island of Maui, HI
Starting salary: Level III – $4,690 to $5,713 per month (SR-20, Step D to I); Level IV – $5,076 to $6,177 per month (SR-22, Step D to I).
Application due: Continuous

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Entomologist (Lake County VCD, CA)

Under the direction and supervision of the District Manager/Research Director and in cooperation with the Vector Biologist, the Entomologist plans and conducts the District’s research and surveillance program for mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, and other vectors, and vector-borne diseases. Employees are encouraged to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at state and national conferences. The District collaborates with other local agencies in Lake County, as well as with other Districts, Universities, and state and federal agencies.

Location: Lakeport, CA
Salary: $2,132.76 – $3,486.46 bi-weekly (DOE)
Application due: Open until filled

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Assistant Vector Control Specialist/Vector Control Specialist (Greater LA County VCD, CA)

Under immediate (Assistant Vector Control Specialist) or general (Vector Control Specialist) supervision, performs inspections and control operations in an assigned field area or specialized functional area; minimizes or removes stagnant water in mosquito breeding sources and treats assigned areas; selects appropriate material and dosage rates and applies pesticide to obtain proper coverage and efficacy; updates operational maps of assigned District areas including properties, ponds, lakes, and other urban and natural features relevant to vector control operations and performs related work as required.

Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Salary: $34.29 – $43.79 per hour
Application due: Continuous

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Biologist (Delta MVCD, CA)

The Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the Scientific Program Manager, the Biologist conducts a variety of field and laboratory procedures to support the District’s vector and vector-borne disease surveillance programs and completes other related tasks that support the District mission as required.

Location: Visalia, CA
Salary: $86,154.48 – $107,693.10 per year

Application due: Open until filled


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Technical Development Specialist I (Collier MCD, FL)

The Technical Development I position exists to evaluate and implement new technologies for use by the District. This role will involve collaborating across departments to evaluate available and emerging technologies to enhance the District’s integrated pest management (IPM) program. Key areas include but are not limited to geographic information systems (GIS), uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), surveillance and control hardware, and flight navigation systems software. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic team on the cutting-edge of innovative ideas. Email your resume to the HR Team at Careers@cmcd.org. If selected for the position, you will be asked to fill out an official CMCD application. Position will be open until filled.

Location: Naples, FL
Salary: $50,956.00 – $67,391.00 per year
Application due: 4/19/2024

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District Manager (Shasta MVCD, CA)

Under authority of the Board of Trustees, the District Manager: plans, organizes and directs a comprehensive mosquito and vector control program for the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District; administers the policies of the Board; adheres to and ensures compliance with legal requirements affecting the District and its operations; represents the District and Board of Trustees in relations with the community, media and other agencies; and performs related work as required.

Location: Shasta, CA
Salary: $140,000.00 – $170,000.00 per year
Application due: Open until filled


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General Manager (Delta MVCD, CA)

The Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the authority of the Board of Trustees, the General Manager: plans, organizes, and directs a comprehensive mosquito and vector control program for the Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District; provides policy guidance and program evaluation to the Board and management staff; encourages and facilitates provision of vector surveillance and control services; fosters cooperative working relationships with partner agencies, such as state and local intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private organizations. The position is regarded as executive and technical in providing the leadership for planning and implementing short- and long-term programs. Work is performed in conformance with established policies and regulations and is subject to review by the Board of Trustees and in compliance with the regulations of a California Special District.

Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled


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Director of Research (Collier MCD, FL)

The Director of Research plays a crucial leadership role, overseeing the supervision, evaluation, and performance management of a diverse team of research personnel, including Entomologists, Biologists, Technicians, and Interns. This position is responsible for spearheading the design, execution, and analysis of surveillance activities and research programs, ensuring that data collection and analyses adhere to high standards. The Director of Research evaluates research outcomes, communicates key findings to stakeholders, and keeps the executive team updated on advancements in mosquito control techniques and methodologies. Additionally, this role is pivotal in the development of strategic partnerships and collaborative projects across industry, academia, and government sectors. Interested Applicants Email your resume/CV to the HR Team at Careers@cmcd.org. If selected for the position, you will be asked to fill out an official CMCD application. Collier Mosquito Control District is a Drug-Free and Equal Opportunity Employer. This organization participates in E-Verify, Background, Drug & Alcohol Screening.

Location: Naples, FL
Salary: $79,348.00 – $132,092.00 per year
Application due: 4/19/2024


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Field Supervisor (West Valley MVCD, CA)

The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction, plans, organizes, and supervises the field inspection and control operations of the District; supervises employees engaged in such operations; and performs related work as required.  May be required to cover any program for the District so must have a thorough knowledge of each program in the District.


Location:
Ontario, CA
Salary: $39.55 – $49.39 per hour
Application due: Open until filled


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Mosquito Control Technician I (San Joaquin MVCD, CA)

This is skilled and specialized work in mosquito control. Work involves inspection of mosquito sources and applying control measures in compliance with State laws, regulations, and district policies. Responsibility for the safe application of pesticides and the efficient operation of spray equipment, motor vehicles, and similar equipment. Work is performed in accordance with established methods and techniques, but employee exercises considerable independent judgment in inspection and spraying assignments. Supervision is received from a supervisor through review of work and reports, and through conferences.

Location: Stockton, CA
Salary:
$60,508.50 – $73,564.40 per year
Application due: Open until filled


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Mosquito Control Technician II (San Joaquin MVCD, CA)

This is limited supervisory work with some technical responsibility in the general field of mosquito control. Work involves assisting in leadership over technicians and equipment in an assigned area. Some technical responsibility is required for calculating and applying pesticides, mosquito detection, surveillance, source reduction techniques and water management practices. Work is performed in accordance with established methods/techniques and requires the exercise of some independent judgment in making decisions within the scope of various duties. General supervision is exercised by the Regional Mosquito Control Supervisor, or person designated by Management. Occasional inspection of work, reports, conferences, and performance in the assigned area will be reviewed by designated supervisor.

Location: Stockton, CA
Salary:
$65,548.86 – $79,675.18 per year
Application due: Open until filled


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ACADEMIC

Academic opportunities are organized by the most recent to the oldest job postings. 

Associate/Full Professor and O.W. Rollins/Orkin Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology (Purdue University, IN))

The Department of Entomology at Purdue University invites applications for the O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology. The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in one or more areas of urban entomology such as physiology, genomics, ecology, population modeling, integrated pest management or pesticide resistance management. The successful candidate will provide leadership to a dynamic group of scientists at Purdue engaged in urban entomology and the urban pest management industry more broadly through basic and applied research, teaching and learning and engagement. This is a nine-month, tenure track appointment at the associate or full professor level with primary research and secondary teaching responsibilities.

Location: West Lafayette, IN
Expected Start Date: 8/12/2024
Application due: Applications received by 2/24/2024 will be assured of review.


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FELLOWSHIPS / MENTORSHIPS

No fellowships/mentorships are currently posted.

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