Entomologist Research – Texas

Agency
Harris County Public Health Environmental Science
Location
Houston, TX
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
DOE
Last Date to Apply
12/31/2017
Website
http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Careers/Employment-Opportunities
Description
Position Summary: As Entomologist, Alternative Mosquito Control & Applied Research Branch, duties include assisting with and conducting projects associated with surveillance and integrated control of mosquitoes using techniques other than ultra-low volume pesticide applications. This position is responsible for assigned laboratory insectary maintenance, and assisting in the design, conduct, and reporting of surveillance and integrated control projects for potential inclusion within the existing mosquito control program. The position requires supervision of one full-time, and up to two seasonal employees, and reports directly to the Branch Manager, Alternative Mosquito Control & Applied Research. Job Duties: 35% Supervisory • Insectary maintenance and laboratory testing • Supervises, documents, and maintains field collections of feral mosquitoes used for testing purposes within assigned insectary. • Assists in conduct of laboratory bioassays against immature and adult feral mosquito species. • Trains employees in the conduct of necessary section tasks as required. • Fabricates and maintains equipment required for insectary operations or bioassays. • Sorts and identifies mosquitoes to species. 35% Field duties and conduct of field tests • Surveys larval and adult mosquito habitats appropriate for target projects. • Locates sites; sets and collects mosquito traps when necessary • Sorts and identifies mosquitoes to species. • Provides accurate documentation of larval and adult mosquito surveys. • Prepares equipment and datasheets for field evaluations. • Records field data; enters data in the required computer format/database. • Assists in development of new mosquito surveillance and/or control methods. • Uses pesticides according to federal, state and local regulations and guidelines. • Supervises all field employees routinely, and insures preventive maintenance on all section equipment is performed. 25% Administrative • Maintains and submits timely personnel, equipment-related reports, and purchase orders. • Coordinates with inter/intra departmental, academic, local, state, and federal entities as required. • Provides quality assurance on all section-related, or other assigned activities. 5% Other • Other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications: Education Requirements: • Bachelor’s Degree in Entomology or Biology is required Licenses/Certifications Required: • A current valid Driver’s License (TX upon hire); obtain a Texas Department of State Health Services Certified Pesticide Applicator License within the first year of employment. Experience Requirements: • One year of work experience in job related activities is required for a B.S. degree. Completion of a M.S. degree may substitute for one year of job experience. • Experience with insect resistance. Computer Proficiency: • Must have basic computer skills. Experience with word-processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, data entry, internet, e-mail and data analysis is required. Special Skills: • Incumbent must have considerable organizational skills and knowledge of mosquito bionomics, operational, and applied entomology. • Must be able to read and comprehend maps, maintain a good driving record, submit written manuscripts for publication and present findings at professional meetings.
Contact Person
Mylinh Mai
Contact eMail
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