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Field Inspector – Performs ground inspections and spray missions in assigned areas.
Essential Functions:
• Perform ground larviciding and adulticiding spray missions as needed in assigned areas
• Inspects assigned geographical areas for the presence of larvae, pupae and adult mosquitoes, identifies
the mosquitoes and records findings
• Monitor rainfall and tide data, and determine which areas to inspect and treat, which chemical is most
appropriate and arrange to have the necessary equipment to execute the mission
• Discuss daily inspection/treatment plans with Supervisor and adjust plans as needed to accomplish daily
operational priorities
• Responsible for inspecting and treating habitats that support larval development including yards around
homes, roadside ditches, storm retention/detention areas, storm drains, swamps and saltmarsh
• Responds to resident service requests, as assigned by Mosquito Control Biologist III, by conducting a field
investigation and reporting findings into MapVision on Toughbook at time of inspection
• Responsible for entering inspection, back check and spray data into database at time of inspection/spray
into MapVision via iPhone App or Toughbook
• Assist adulticiding team by conducting adult surveillance in assigned areas as needed
• Perform back check on areas treated and evaluate the efficacy of control practices imposed, at the first
opportunity, at a minimum of one treatment plot for each major treatment zone treated. The results of the
back check are to be entered in MapVision via iPhone App or Toughbook at time of inspection.
• Observe for any unexpected environmental response to control practices imposed, at the first opportunity, at
a minimum of one treatment plot for each major treatment zone treated. These findings are to be recorded
and entered into MapVision database via iPhone App or Toughbook at time of inspection.
• Conduct walk around pre-trip vehicle inspections and ensures all necessary supplies and materials are
present to complete trip
• Complete a monthly chemical inventory of assigned vehicle(s) and report data to Aerial Inspector/Mosquito
Control Biologist II the first of each month
• Refuels and washes the spray vehicle at the end of the shift
• Mixes chemicals as needed
• Assists with the fueling and chemical loading of helicopters
• Attends state and federal meeting on mosquito issues as needed
• Performs a variety of maintenance duties including mowing, surveillance trails, landing zones and heliports,
and performing construction/deconstruction to the District’s properties
• Responsible for wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Communicate with the public in a professional and courteous manner and refer all inquiries outside area of
expertise back to the appropriate person at the District
• Other duties and projects as assigned
• High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
• Must be able to work a varied schedule including working on weekends
• Ability to operate a variety of small equipment
• Must have basic math skills
• Must have an ability to learn and identify a variety of mosquito species
• Must have basic computer skills and have the ability to learn and operate internal, web based, GPS and
mapping programs including entering data into phone Apps and databases
• Ability to fly in helicopters
• Must be able to read and understand chemical label instructions in English
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and walk long distances, sometimes in inclement weather
• Must have a valid Class E driver license and a clean driving record
• Must pass the CORE and Public Health exams within six months of hire and be able to maintain certification
by earning appropriate CEU’s (continuing education units)
Minimum salary is $20.71/hour.
To Apply submit an application to no later than Friday, September 25, 2020.
Equal Opportunity Employer; Drug Free Workplace; Veterans Preference to those who qualify


The New Jersey Department of Health is looking for a State Public Health Veterinarian. This position oversees the Zoonotic Disease Program, which includes zoonotic and vector-borne disease epidemiology as well as the Veterinary Public Health Program. Specific areas of responsibility include monitoring the incidence and prevalence of infectious and zoonotic diseases; providing guidance on prevention and control of reportable diseases and outbreaks in domestic companion animals; developing policies, guidelines, and regulations; serving as liaison with state and federal agencies working on zoonotic disease and veterinary public health; providing guidance, information, and training to public health and animal health partners, public officials, and policy-makers; monitoring and regulating the sanitary conduct and operation of licensed animal facilities and the certification of animal control officers; overseeing the state rabies vaccination program and the state spay/neuter program. Visit NJ Department of Health Vacancy Announcement 182-20 for more details and how to apply.

Associate Professor, Arbovirologist, Tulane University: School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: Tropical Medicine (TRMD)

The Department of Tropical Medicine in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is seeking a prominent investigator in arboviral research to develop a Center of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. This researcher will have a well-developed program in the molecular epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or pathogen-vector interactions for one or several arboviruses. Resources will be provided for relocation and recruitment of additional faculty positions. Candidates should have evidence of sustained scientific productivity and may have external funding for research.

Individual research programs in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane currently include dengue and other mosquito-borne viral pathogens, malaria, Chagas, schistosomiasis, tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. There is a strong entomology research program with links to the city and state mosquito control boards. Related research programs at Tulane involve tuberculosis, HIV. lassa fever and ebola.

The downtown Health Sciences Center supports research areas ranging from basic immunology to international clinical trials. The School is ranked 13th overall among programs of public, health, and Tulane’s annual research funding exceeds $140M. At $13M, Tulane’s NIAID funding exceeds that of all other Louisiana universities combined. The Department runs vibrant master’s and PhD programs. Other institutional strengths include the Tulane National Primate Research Center, as well as ACL3/BSL3 and BSL2+ Exotic Vector Isolation Unit. There are close collaborations with the Pediatric and Adult Sections of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Medicine are located in the popular crossroads of New Orleans, just blocks from the historic French Quarter.

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SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in conjunction with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and ecology of infectious diseases to join the new Center for Environmental Health and Medicine. One of the two positions will be housed at ESF and the other will be housed at UMU to foster interactions between internationally renowned environmental faculty at ESF and the infectious diseases researchers/clinicians at UMU. The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent. To learn more about these positions and how to apply, visit

DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is available with the Entomology and Ecology team in the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will study rickettsial organisms and their arthropod vectors in laboratory and field settings, enhancing their understanding of the biology, ecology, and pathogenesis of vector-borne infections. The participant will receive insight into natural maintenance and transmission of multiple human pathogens and provide potential avenues for improvement of diagnosis, prevention, and control. The participant will learn laboratory techniques, and enhance their aptitude, knowledge, and skills in the fields of rickettsiology and public health. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor’s degree in one of the following relevant disciplines: earth and geosciences, environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications should be submitted for opportunity CDC-DVBD-2020-0218 through the ORISE Zintellect online program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at Cornell University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position focused on pesticide resistance monitoring of mosquito and tick populations in the northeastern United States. The selected candidate will focus on determining the status and extent of resistance in the region through the NEVBD pesticide resistance monitoring program. In addition, the successful candidate may be involved in the evaluation of new insecticides and efficacy trials for the control of regional disease vectors. The position is part of the CDC-funded NEVBD, carrying many opportunities to interact with our leadership team and collaborators across the region. They will also work as part of a DOD-funded team focused on testing and developing methods for the control of the recently invasive Asian Longhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis).

The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in this effort by expanding and guiding the NEVBD Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Network. Ability work independently – but also as a member of a large regional team – is essential. This position will also require experience in mosquito field collection, insecticide resistance bioassays, experimental design, GIS and statistical analyses. The successful candidate will be expected to train and work with vector control staff throughout the region, delivering training modules specifically for the collection, testing, and reporting of insecticide resistance data. The candidate will also be expected to communicate and learn the needs of the stakeholder community to guide this program. They will also be responsible for testing novel insecticides for their potential use in mosquito and tick control and will have the opportunity to contribute to courses for the NEVBD MS program in vector-borne disease. In addition to carrying out research central to the CDC-funded project, and obtaining publishable results and publications, the successful candidate will supervise a technician and find opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research and will themselves be mentored by Dr. Harrington in skills that will be relevant to their future career (such as grant-writing, laboratory management, planning experiments, data analysis). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Cornell University provides an excellent benefits package.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a PhD in Entomology, Ecology, or related field, supported by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Strong skills in experimental design and statistical analysis are essential. Prior experience working with mosquitoes and ticks in the field and performing insecticide resistance bioassays are preferred. Experience with mapping and spatial analysis is desirable. Strong communication (verbal and written) skills, fluency in English, and an ability to work well with others are required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: We are seeking a candidate to fill the position immediately, with a preferred start date in September -October 2020. This is a full-time position with a one-year contract from the start date, with renewal contingent upon performance and availability of funds. For more information, contact Laura C. Harrington (

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available immediately to join the laboratory of Dr. Claudia Herrera in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. The fellow will conduct research on the molecular identification and characterization of Trypanosoma cruzi parasites and genomic analysis of T. cruzi under the supervision of Dr. Herrera. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with faculty from the SPHTM department of Tropical Medicine working on Genome analysis. Opportunities will also be available for independent and collaborative research on Chagas disease, field work abroad, attendance at professional meetings, participation in research grant proposals, and co-authorship on publication of research findings. The incumbent will conduct quality Chagas disease research in laboratory settings as well as in the field and assist in training students and other lab personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS: The position is open to applicants with a PhD in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics, Computational molecular biology or Genome sequencing technologies with experience in Tropical Medicine or related biological discipline. Successful candidates must have an interest in molecular epidemiology of Chagas disease and other tropical infectious diseases, working with Dr. Claudia Herrera. Preference will be given to an individual with experience in bioinformatics analysis or comparative genomics, pertaining to the characterization of parasites.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Candidates interested in the position should apply in Interfolio:

A postdoctoral position is available in the Armbruster lab at Georgetown University to study the population genomics of range expansion and climatic adaptation in the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus. The focus of the project is to: 1) use whole-genome sequence data to determine the evolutionary history of the world-wide range expansion of Aedes albopictus, 2) develop genomic tools to rapidly identify the origin of new invasive populations, and 3) identify the genetic basis of life-history adaptation across the species range. This is a collaborative project with Gisella Caccone’s lab at Yale that will involve extensive interaction between the research teams at Georgetown and Yale. The start date is flexible, but sometime in October thru December of 2020 would be ideal. Review of applications will begin July 1st, 2020 and continue until the position has been filled. Applicants should submit the following material to Peter Armbruster ( with “postdoc application” in the subject line: 1) A CV including names and contact information of three references, and 2) A one-page research statement describing previous accomplishments and long-term goals. Informal inquiries prior to submission of a full application are encouraged.

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position to develop phenological models in support of ongoing efforts to create a continental-scale forecast of mosquito activity. This project includes (1) developing predictive models of seasonality of mosquito species representative of specific life-history strategies and (2) implementing these models to generate real-time and short-term forecasts of mosquito activity as well as predictions of future changes in seasonal patterns of mosquito activity. This position is supported through funding from a US Geological Service Powell Center grant. Must be a Ph. D. graduate in Ecology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Applied Math, or a related field. Anticipated start date October 1, 2020 (24 months funding). Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Katherine LeVan, PhD, Insect Ecologist / Biorepository Scientist, National Ecological Observatory Network,

Postdoctoral Position, Host-Microbe Interactions and Stem Cell Biology Aedes aegypti

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Nicolas Buchon at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study host-microbe interactions, epithelial dynamics and stem cell biology in Aedes aegypti. The research project, funded by NIH (R01-AI148529), will use a combination of omics (transcriptomics, epigenomics, single cell omics), functional genetics (transgenesis, CRISPR), microbiology and imaging to study how microbes and parasites influence epithelial dynamics in the mosquito midgut. Our project will cover studies involving a broad range of microbes including bacteria (pathogens and microbiota), plasmodium as well as viruses. Candidates must have (or be close to earning) a Ph.D in vector biology, molecular or cellular biology, immunology / microbiology / host-microbe interactions, stem cell biology or a related biological discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Applications from candidates should be sent by email to Professor Nicolas Buchon at Please include a CV, statement of research experiences and interests, and contact information for three or four referees. Visit the Buchon lab for more information.

The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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