Temporary research assistant (Collier Mosquito Control District)

Temporary research assistant - Collier Mosquito Control District

Overview: The seasonal research assistant will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, disease surveillance and taxonomy. This is a seasonal (6 months, 40 hrs/week) position with an hourly rate of $14/hr. The seasonal research assistant will have the opportunity to obtain a Public Health Applicators License.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assists with the mosquito trap surveillance program and performs mosquito identification.
• Assists in the field collection of adult and larval mosquitoes for operational and research purposes.
• Assists in the processing of field collections and computer data entry.
• Assists with the maintenance of laboratory and work rooms.
• Assists with the maintenance of any insect colonies and laboratory animals used for research.
• Assists in the Public Information Department when appropriate.
• Assists in the Operations Department when appropriate.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed and is not intended to be a complete list of duties—additional responsibilities may be assigned by management.

Education/Experience/Training required: Must have a high school diploma or equivalency, Bachelors degree preferred. Must have completed college-level coursework in Biology, Ecology and/or Public Health. Must have a valid Florida driver’s license. Must be able to work independently and keep detailed records.

Necessary knowledge and skills: General mechanical ability and operating knowledge of basic hand held and power operated tools. Should be computer literate and familiarity with word processing, database and spreadsheet use is preferred. Ability to use microscopes and other laboratory equipment. Ability to accurately and completely follow instructions.

Work environment: Research is performed in the laboratory and in the field. The incumbent must often endure and tolerate hundreds of insect bites without the use of repellents. The work requires the ability to work in a variety of outdoor environments to include, but not limited to, forests, swamps, marshes, open fields and roadsides. The position requires the ability to carry heavy loads over rough terrain, considerable bending and stooping and possible eye strain from prolonged use of microscopes and computers. The work also requires above average agility and dexterity in order to perform intricate operations in the field and the laboratory. The incumbent will be exposed to potentially toxic compounds such as insecticides, solvents and oils. While most work will be performed within a normal work day, occasional weekend, evening and early morning work will be required. The following machines are likely to be operated: pickup truck, SUV, small boat with outboard motor, ATV, drill, drill press, circular saw, jig saw, table saw, band saw, grinder, metal shear and metal break. The successful candidate must also be willing to interact in an educational capacity with wide-ranging types of audiences within the community and beyond.

TO APPLY: Send resume/CV and completed job application (www.cmcd.org/job-opportunities/) to: klucas "at" cmcd.org no later than March 15th 2019.