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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Newsletter Issue #136 - March 18, 2022
NEWS AND UPDATES
New study - Neuroanatomical abnormalities in a nonhuman primate model of congenital Zika virus infection

During the public health emergency caused by the emergence of Zika virus in the Americas beginning in 2015, there was an increase in the number of children born with microcephaly, a birth defect where the infant's head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Infants born with microcephaly during the Zika outbreak also had Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS): skull deformation, abnormally small cerebral cortices, and retinal scarring, among others. Additional health issues were identified in children as they continued to grow and develop. Further screening has also identified cases where children who were not diagnosed with CZS at birth exhibited CZS by their first birthday; up to 50% of children born to mothers infected with Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy infection exhibit anatomical or behavioral abnormalities. These findings suggest that while microcephaly is an extreme manifestation of CZS, children born with normal-sized heads may also have other significant neural deficits. Since the onset of the ZIKV pandemic, a number of studies have revealed important information about how ZIKV targets specific cell types and proteins within the central nervous system. In this study, a multidisciplinary research team that included PacVec researcher Dr. Lark Coffey evaluated neuropathological consequences of fetal ZIKV exposure in rhesus monkeys by carrying out quantitative neuroanatomical analyses of the near-full-term brains of fetuses infected with ZIKV and matched controls. For each animal, a complete cerebral hemisphere was evaluated using immunohistochemical (IHC) and neuroanatomical techniques to detect virus, identify affected cell types, and evaluate gross neuroanatomical abnormalities. IHC staining revealed the presence of ZIKV in the frontal lobe, which contained activated microglia, cells that remove damaged neurons and infections, and showed increased death of immature neurons. ZIKV-infected animals exhibited macrostructural changes within the visual pathway. Regional differences tracked with the developmental timing of the brain suggests that inflammatory processes related to viral infiltration swept through the cortex, followed by a wave of cell death resulting in morphological changes. These findings may help explain why some infants born with normal-sized heads during the ZIKV epidemic manifest developmental challenges as they age [publication].
New West Nile virus Forecasting Challenge for 2022!
 
CDC has announced an open forecasting challenge to predict the total number of WNV neuroinvasive disease cases in U.S. counties during the 2022 calendar year. Anyone interested is welcome to submit predictions!

The deadline is April 30, 2022. To be eligible, teams must do the following:
  1. Submit forecasts for every county included in the data (n = 3,108).
  2. Submit forecasts electronically prior to the deadline (April 30, 2022).
  3. Submit a model description
Further information on the forecasting targets, including counties, historical data, participation, and evaluation is available here.
Support CDC's development of new tick surveillance tools!

The Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with various national and international universities and public health agencies to develop a robust, protein-based platform for identification and characterization of tick species of medical and veterinary importance, with applications for surveillance and scientific activities in the United States and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks to all who have provided ticks so far! We are currently seeking additional collaborators to provide recently collected (2018 - present), field-caught specimens of Amblyomma americanum, Amblyomma maculatum, Dermacentor variabilis, Dermacentor andersoni, Dermacentor occidentalis, and Ixodes scapularis. We are requesting samples of all feeding life stages of these species from various US locations for subsequent analysis by MALDI-TOF.  

Desired specimens should be preserved in 70-95% ethanol and stored at room temperature since the time of collection. Ideally, at least 10 specimens from each geographical location are requested.

If you have questions or can assist with this project please contact Maria Galletti (
myu8@cdc.gov), Joy Hecht (ynw5@cdc.gov) or Chris Paddock (cdp9@cdc.gov) for more information.
Register for the 2022 Arizona Vector Conference (Virtual): March 30th!
 
Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Infectious Disease is hosting an annual Vector Conference virtually on March 30th, 8AM-4PM PDT. The annual Vector Conference brings together academic, state and local public health and vector control professionals in the vector field. The agenda will be available in the coming weeks. Register now!

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Register for the 2022 International Branch of the Entomological Society of America's Virtual Symposium: April 25 - 27!

The International Branch of the Entomological Society of America is organizing its annual Virtual Symposium (April 25-27, 2022), including a session on Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Attending the Virtual Symposium is at no-cost and society membership is not required. If you have any questions please contact the symposium organizer: Isobel Ronai (isobel.ronai@sydney.edu.au).

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Have an upcoming meeting that you would like to share? Please reach out to us at questions@pacvec.us!
NEW - International Virtual Seminars on Arbovirus Biology - Next seminar on Apr. 21, 2022 at 8:00 am PDT
Associate Professor Clive McKimmie and the Morris Lab announced their 2nd year of the International Virtual Seminars on Arbovirus Biology in October 2021. Speakers from diverse backgrounds are presenting the best arbovirus science on every Thursday at 8am PDT (11am EST). To register for a Zoom link, send Clive an email!
6th Virtual Vector Biology Seminar Series - Next seminar on Mar. 25, 2022 at 9:00 am PDT
Kevin Deitz (American Museum of Natural History) and Jean Tsao (Michigan State University) are co-hosting the current session of the Virtual Vector Biology Seminar series, which was created to provide a sense of community and to promote ongoing research across a variety of arthropods of medical or veterinary importance. This series is designed to make recent scientific advances in the field of vector biology and vector-borne disease as open and accessible as possible – sign up is free and open to anyone. Seminars are at 9am PST/PDT (12pm EST).
Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Open Community Webinar Series - Second seminar on Mar. 22nd, 2022 at 8:00 am PDT
This is a joint VEuPathDB and BV-BRC open community webinar series focusing on ticks and the bacterial, viral or eukaryotic pathogens they transmit. Eight webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis starting on March 8th, 2022. Each webinar will focus one specific data, tools and functionality provided by these NIAID-funded bioinformatic resource centers. Seminars will be at 8am PST/PDT (11am EST).

Climate Change: Emerging Infectious Diseases Seminar Program - Last seminar on Apr. 28th, 2022 at 1:00 pm PDT
The seminar series is hosted by the University of Albany every third Thursday of the month at 1pm PDT/4pm EST [Schedule]
CDC Zoonoses and One Health Updates (ZOHU Calls)
ZOHU Call logo Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls are one-hour monthly webinars that provide timely education on zoonotic and infectious diseases, One Health, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, vector-borne diseases, recent outbreaks, and related health threats at the animal-human-environment interface.
  • Free Continuing Education for a variety of public health, animal health, and human health professionals. Participants can earn CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPH and AAVSB/RACE. Each call is recorded and available online for those unable to attend live sessions.
  • Contact us if you have questions or suggestions for future topics.
  • Subscribe to the monthly ZOHU Call News and Updates email newsletter.
UPDATE - Online Course: Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods - Next course starts May 4, 2022!
Interested in learning about the biology & behavior of mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropods that affect human health? Enroll in a new certificate course from eCornell! In this certificate course, you will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. This course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic.

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UPDATE - Online Training in Vector Surveillance - Next course starts May 11, 2022!
Learn to develop an effective vector surveillance program, collect data, and communicate risk with the Cornell Entomology Department and eCornell in the newest online course Vector-Borne Diseases Surveillance. Take this 3-week instructor-led course with Dr. Laura Harrington and learn best practices to implement vector surveillance, data, and reporting methods.

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University of Idaho, Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course
The Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem hosts the annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course. This course provides accessible, condensed training and "knowledge networking" for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. We seek to train the next generation of scientists and help working professionals to more effectively address current and emerging threats with holistic approaches and a strong network of collaborators and mentors. The fourth annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, June 13-18, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

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SECVBD Tick University 2022 & Fellowship
The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne DIseases (SECVBD) are excited to share with you an opportunity to be trained in all things ‘tick’ at the “Tick University 2022." The Tick University is part of the SECVBD’s Southeast Tick-borne Emergent Pathogen Surveillance (STEPS) program. The training will be hosted by Dr. Abelardo Moncayo (TN DOH) and held at the Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services in Nashville, TN on June 1st – June 3rd, 2022.

The SECVBD is providing a competitive fellowship to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel. Selected individuals will receive reimbursements of approved accommodation and/or travel fees, up to $500 per person. This fellowship is competitive; interested individuals should complete an application by Friday, March 25th for consideration. Students and early-career professionals are especially encouraged to apply.


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Online Tick Training Course

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs and was recently approved for CDPH CEUs (2.25 hours - Category C) ! Learn more and enroll for free!

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ESA launches IPM certificate program

Logo: Entomological Society of America Certification Corp. Pest management professionals can jumpstart their careers through the Certified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician credential from the Entomological Society of America Certification Corp.

Designed for professionals with less than five years’ experience in pest management, the Certified IPM Technician (CIT) credential demonstrates a foundational skillset and commitment to the IPM principles and practices. Applications for the credential are now being accepted by the ESA Certification Corp [full article].

ESA also offers several other certification programs for professionals:

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Special issue on "Citizen Science Approaches to Vector Surveillance" - Deadline Mar. 31!

Dr. Benjamin Cull (cull0122@umn.edu) and Dr. Emma Gillingham (emma.gillingham@phe.gov.uk) are putting together an article collection in Insects aiming to highlight the application of citizen science in vector surveillance, including the use of targeted citizen science projects, smartphone apps, social media, online databases, and other passive surveillance methods for the collection of vector data. Research showcasing integration of citizen science into existing surveillance programs, comparison of passive and active surveillance data, or reviews on this topic are also very welcome. Insects is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal of entomology. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to contribute [Learn More]. Deadline for manuscript submissions: March 31, 2022.
Got ticks? Contact BiTeRS!

The Border Tick and Rickettsia Surveillance (BiTeRS) program of the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec) offers services to enhance surveillance for ticks and tick-borne pathogens of human health concern in California and Arizona. This is made possible through our project leaders at the University of California, Davis and the University of Arizona, and collaborating local and state agencies, including the California Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
 
We work with partner organizations to:

  • Perform surveillance for ticks and tick-borne diseases in their area
  • Learn about risks of tick-borne diseases in their area by testing ticks for pathogens/diseases
  • Collect and submit ticks for identification and testing
  • Rapidly report results of tick identification and pathogen testing to submitting partners
  • Provide training on ticks and tick-borne disease
We help every step of the way, and shipping and testing are FREE. Collection supplies and protocols are provided, and partners receive all results on ticks they have submitted.
 
Partner organizations may be:
  • Government entities (local, tribal, county, or other)
  • Workplaces with tick exposure
  • Animal control, humane, or veterinary organizations
  • Pest control services
  • Other businesses or groups near the southern border with potential tick exposure

In California, please contact Janet Foley and Laura Backus at calticks@pacvec.us or call (530) 754-9740. In Arizona, contact Dawn Gouge and Lucy Li at azticks@pacvec.us or call (602) 418-5202. Stay Safe!

Learn about ticks on the PacVec website!
 


 
CDC website for the Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

The CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases launched a new website highlighting the five Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (CoE). This website is a central location where you can learn more about the mission, key issues, and impact of each of the CoE programs. Visit the CoE website today!

 
Need bottle bioassay testing?
 
If you have mosquito (Aedes or Culex) samples to be tested for insecticide resistance, PacVec is providing testing and training services at no charge, and all results will be returned to you. Dr. Anton Cornel's laboratory is leading this activity and organizing various regional training workshops on bottle bioassay testing. If you are interested, please contact us right away at bioassays@pacvec.us to arrange for shipment and timing of the testing.

 
Current situation with PacVec resistance testing

Dr. Anton Cornel and Katherine Brisco are both working at the lab full time now and are starting up their resistance testing for the season (both bottle bioassays and field trials). However, due to traveling for field trials and training workshops, testing will be conducted by prior arrangement on a first-come first-served basis.
Videos on larval mosquito resistance testing
 
In collaboration with partners at the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, PacVec CoE has produced new training videos providing an overview of resistance testing for larval mosquitoes. The videos discuss the rationale for monitoring resistance in mosquitoes, an overview of dose responses and how the dose response changes as resistance to larvicides evolves in a mosquito population, the different types of larval mosquito control agents, the supplies needed for carrying out bioassays, bioassay set-up and making stock solutions of control agents, and interpreting the bioassay results. See the videos and related materials at https://pacvec.us/larval-mosquito-resistance-testing-video/
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

A postdoctoral position in vector and vector-borne disease ecology and control is available at Texas A&M University in the lab of Gabriel Hamer Lab (https://hamerlab.tamu.edu) in the Department of Entomology. The successful candidate will contribute to research program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA and the American Kennel Club to evaluate host-targeted ectoparasiticide and/or endectocides for the control of multiple vector species (triatomines, mosquitoes, ticks). Research includes lab insectary and field-based studies involving chicken and dogs with opportunities for domestic and international travel to study sites. The candidate will have opportunities to contribute to other research projects on vector-borne disease and emerging zoonoses funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references, and most relevant publications. Application materials should be e-mailed as a single PDF to: gabe.hamer@ag.tamu.edu

Location: College Station, TX
Date posted: 01/2022

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Postdoctoral Position

The Norris laboratory, located in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, is seeking a highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral position focusing on mosquito vector genomics and biology. The Norris laboratory is interested in understanding genetic diversity and molecular markers/barcodes that can be used to confirm mosquito identity. This involves development and validation of molecular genetic tools, phylogenetic analysis including spatiotemporal population level studies, and association with vector-borne pathogen incidence. The position is available immediately for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year contingent on satisfactory performance). We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible and the position will remain open until filled. Salary is based on the NIH postdoc salary scale. Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, writing/publication sample and contact information of three references. Contact: Dr. Douglas Norris, douglas.norris@jhu.edu.

Location: Baltimore, MD
Date posted: 01/11/2022

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist
 

A postdoctoral position is available in Maria Diuk-Wasser’s lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia International Research Institute for Climate and Society. The applicant will join research projects newly funded by the Department of Defense, NSF and the CDC, and will become part of the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne diseases, a collaborative network including faculty from Cornell, Columbia, Fordham and SUNY Universities, the NY State Department of Health and the Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases in CT. The postdoctoral research scientist will harness an extensive network of existing and newly acquired surveillance and control datasets to develop predictive models for the presence and abundance of mosquito and tick vectors and their associated pathogens.

Location: New York City, NY
Date posted: 09/15/2021
Application due: Open until filled
Postdoctoral Associate, Entomology/Center for Vector Biology

The Price Lab within the Department of Entomology / Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University seeks to fill an open Postdoctoral Associate position specializing in the evolutionary and molecular biology of ixodid ticks to carry out USDA-NIFA funded research focusing on surveillance of ticks and tick-borne disease, and molecular control mechanisms e.g., anti-tick vaccines. This is a grant-funded position with an initial term of one year with possibility of multiple-year renewal.

Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Date posted: 08/25/2021
NEW- Seasonal Vector Control Technician Aide
County of San Diego DEHQ

Salary: $19.52 per hour
Location: San Diego, CA
Application due: Open until filled
NEW - Various Seasonal Positions
Greater LA County VCD

These are temporary seasonal positions working up to 40 hours per week approximately six months at Santa Fe Springs or Sylmar district branch.
  • Salary: $18.23 - $21.10 per hour
  • Application due: open until filled
  • Tentative start date: June 2022
Sylmar:
  • Salary: $18.23 - $21.10 per hour
  • Application due: Open until filled
  • Tentative start date: June 2022
  • Salary: $18.23 - $21.10 per hour
  • Application due: Open until filled
  • Tentative start date: Between May - July 2022
Santa Fe Springs:
  • Salary: $18.23 - $21.10 per hour
  • Application due: Open until filled
  • Tentative start date: Between May - July 2022
  • Salary: $18.23 - $21.10 per hour
  • Application due: open until filled
  • Tentative start date: Between May - July 2022
NEW - Seasonal Mosquito Education Internship
Fresno MVCD
 
Salary: $16.00 per hour
Location: Fresno, CA
Applications due: Open until filled
 
NEW- Seasonal Technician
Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Multiple positions available
  • This is a great summer job for students and recent graduates! 
  • Some folks who begin in these positions segue into longer term work in the lab or grad school at UIUC Entomology with research on ticks and mosquitoes
Salary: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour
Location: Champaign, IL
Application due: 04/01/2022
Vector-Borne Disease Section Summer Internship
CDPH & Heluna Health

Heluna Health and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of Research Assistant Intern for VBDS to work approximately 32-40 hours per week.

The position begins early to mid-June and ends in September 2022. This position is not eligible for benefits.

  • Starting Salary: $18.00 per hour
  • Location: Elk Grove, CA
  • Application due: Open until filled
Internship Positions
Placer MVCD

Social Media Intern
Start and end dates of the internship are flexible but aiming toward a June start day and September end date. This will be a part-time, temporary position not to exceed 24 hours/week. It will be partially remote and include travel on behalf of the District. Weekly schedule will be decided once an intern is hired.
  • Salary: $16.00 per hour
  • Location: Roseville, CA
  • Application due: 03/21/2022
Seasonal Vector Control Assistant Intern
A full-length work term for interns would start in May and end in October which generally corresponds to their mosquito season. The greatest need of the District for this position is from June through August. Well-qualified or returning employees in this position may be granted flexibility in work term, if necessary, provided it does not compromise District operations or goals. The specific timing of all work schedules and terms will be dictated by environmental conditions and the needs of the District.

Workdays/hours: Generally, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; may include weekends or evenings and be adjusted for weather, vector-borne disease risk, or other District needs.

  • Salary: $16.00 (Roseville) & $18.00 (Truckee) per hour
  • Location: Roseville & Truckee, CA
  • Application due: 03/21/2022
Various Seasonal Positions
Placer MVCD

Seasonal Vector Control Assistant - Roseville
A full-length work term would start in mid-April and end in mid-October which generally corresponds to our mosquito season. The greatest need of the District for this position is from June through August where a part-time position may be considered.  Well-qualified or returning employees in this position may be granted flexibility in work term, if necessary, provided it does not compromise District operations or goals. The specific timing of all work schedules and terms will be dictated by environmental conditions and the needs of the District.

Workdays/hours: Generally, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; may include weekends or evenings and be adjusted for weather, virus activity, or other District needs.

  • Salary: $16.00 per hour
  • Location: Roseville, CA
  • Application due: 03/21/2022
Seasonal Vector Control Assistant - Truckee
A full-length work term would start in June and end in mid-October which generally corresponds to our mosquito and yellow jacket seasons. The greatest need of the District for this position is from June through August where a part-time position may be considered.  Well-qualified or returning employees in this position may be granted flexibility in work term, if necessary, provided it does not compromise District operations or goals. Specific timing of all work schedules and terms will be dictated by environmental conditions and the needs of the District.

Workdays/hours: Generally, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; may include weekends or evenings and be adjusted for weather, virus activity, or other District needs.

  • Salary: $18.00 per hour
  • Location: Truckee, CA
  • Application due: 03/21/2022
Seasonal Biologist
McCormick Biological, Inc.

Seeking applicants for several temporary positions available on or after April 15, 2022 and ending on or before September 30, 2022. Applicants do not need to be available for the entire period.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to contact@mcbioinc.com. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received.

Starting Salary: $16.00 - $22.00 per hour
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Various Seasonal Positions
San Mateo County MVCD

Seasonal Vector Control Aide I/II
  • Salary: $18.00 - $23.00 per hour (depending on experience)
  • Location: Burlingame, CA
  • Dates: April/May through October/November (season length varies)
Seasonal Laboratory Assistant
  • Salary: $26.00 - $31.00 per hour (depending on experience)
  • Location: Burlingame, CA
  • Dates: May/June through October/November (season length varies)

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Seasonal Vector Assistant
Shasta MVCD

This is a temporary position that 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 the first week of April and is expected to end on or about September 30th.

Salary: $15.25 - $18.25 per hour
Location: Anderson, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Various Seasonal Helper Positions
Sac-Yolo MVCD

The term of the positions are anticipated to begin in April and expected to end on or about Sept. 30th. Anyone interested should contact the district at info@fightthebite.net for more information. Salary: $16.00 - $20.00 per hour
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Various Seasonal Positions
West Valley MVCD Salary: $20.44 – $25.53 per hour
Location: Ontario, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Seasonal Surveillance Assistant
Marin/Sonoma MVCD
 
Location: Cotati, CA
Application due: 03/18/2022
 
Temporary Assistant Vector Control Technician
Antelope Valley MVCD

Salary: $16.00 per hour
Location: Lancaster , CA

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Seasonal Vector Control Technician I
Northwest MVCD

Salary: $18.38 per hour
Location: Corona, CA
Application due: Open until filled

 
Seasonal Assistant
Orange County MVCD

Starting Salary: $17.75 - $22.05 per hour
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Application due: Continuous
Target hire date: 03/21/2022
Various Seasonal Positions
Fresno MVCD

The District accepts applications for seasonal employment throughout the year.
Various Seasonal Positions
East Side MAD
Various Seasonal Positions
Butte County MVCD
  • Mosquito & Vector Control Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Lab Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Shop / Hangar Assistant (Seasonal)
Salary: $14.00 - $17.00 per hour
Location: Oroville or Chico, CA
Applications due: Open until filled

 
Seasonal Applicator
Kings MAD

Location: Hanford, CA

 

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NEW - Vector Biologist

The East Side Mosquito Abatement District is seeking to fill this full-time position. The Vector Biologist works under the general direction of and reports to the District Manager, conducts and assists with more complex planning and coordination of field surveys; coordinates with lead field staff for effective mosquito control; executes various aspects of the District’s technical program, applying knowledge associated with the scientific disciplines of entomology, biology, ecology, epidemiology, and microbiology.

Salary: $31.49 - $38.22 per hour
Location: Modesto, CA
Application due: 03/25/2022

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NEW - Human Resource Specialist

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking to fill this full-time position. Under general supervision, performs a variety of responsible paraprofessional, technical, and administrative human resources support functions; assists with recruitment, testing, and selection of staff, administration of employee salary, insurance, and benefits transactions, workers’ compensation claims administration, coordination of employee training programs, and new hire onboarding; prepares, reviews, distributes, and maintains human resources information systems and personnel records and files; assists in completing various human resources studies and reports; provides generalist human resources support for the Director of Human Resources and other department staff; and performs related work as required.

Salary: $27.08 - $32.91 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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NEW - Tick Ecologist

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) seeks a Tick Ecologist (Assistant Agricultural Scientist II) at the Assistant Professor equivalent level, to establish an independent research program focused on tick ecology and control. The successful candidate will be expected to build a nationally recognized research program focused on ticks and tick-borne diseases. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, any aspect of the ecology, epidemiology, and control or management of ticks and the pathogens they transmit. The scientist will form interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers at the CAES and other institutions, seek external funding, and frequently communicate research findings through peer-reviewed publications, scientific and stakeholder presentations, and accomplishment reports. Some benefits not listed in the job announcement include a 12-month hard salary and no teaching responsibilities.

Starting Salary: $81,765.00 per year
Location: New Haven, CT
Date posted: 04/15/2022

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NEW - Vector Biologist

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Vector Biologist who will contribute to the research and surveillance activities of the Survey’s Medical Entomology Laboratory by conducting basic and applied research on various aspects of biology and distribution of vectors and vector-borne diseases using diagnostic laboratory-based molecular methods and organismal manipulation. This position will be based out of Champaign, Illinois.

Starting Salary: $44,000.00
Location: Champaign, IL
Date posted: 04/11/2022

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NEW - Vector Surveillance Specialist

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Vector Surveillance Specialist who will contribute to the research and surveillance activities of the Survey’s Medical Entomology Laboratory by developing, planning, and conducting basic and applied research on the distribution of vectors (e.g., mosquito, tick) and vector-borne pathogens, to investigate the ecology of vector-borne disease transmission in Illinois, and contribute to the development of novel vector control and surveillance methods. This position will be based out of Champaign, Illinois.

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Champaign, IL
Date posted: 04/11/2022

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Director of Scientific-Technical Services: APPLY BY MAR. 23!

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking qualified candidates for this position. Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, manages, and provides direction and oversight for all staff, programs, services, and activities of the Scientific-Technical Services Department including mosquito collection and surveillance, pesticide research and application, vector borne disease and virus surveillance, and vector control research; formulates departmental policies, goals, and directives; coordinates assigned activities with other District departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among District departments and with intergovernmental, regulatory agencies, and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the General Manager in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

Starting Salary: $9,142.00 - $11,113.00 per month
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: 3/23/2022 11:59 PM PDT

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CDPH Senior Public Health Biologist: APPLY BY MAR. 24!

The Vector-Borne Disease Section of the California Department of Public Health is recruiting for a Public Health Biologist at the Senior level. Public Health Biologists conduct activities relating to the prevention, surveillance, epidemiology, and control of vector-borne diseases in California. This position serves as the lead Public Health Biologist for the statewide environmental surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases. In addition to submitting your application through CalCareers, please also indicate your interest in the position by emailing your CV or resume to Vicki Kramer, vicki.kramer@cdph.ca.gov. Please contact Dr. Kramer, Chief, Vector-Borne Disease Section, with any questions. Email or phone (916) 804-2594.

Starting Salary: $6,684.00 - $8,714.00 per month
Location: Richmond, CA
Application due: 3/24/2022

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Vector Biologist: APPLY BY MAR. 28!

Under the general direction of the District Manager and the direct supervision of the Scientific Operations Manager, the Vector Biologist assists with professional vector ecology services related to the surveillance and control of vertebrate and terrestrial invertebrate vectors, and zoonotic diseases associated with mosquitoes, rodents, fleas, flies, ticks and other medically important arthropods and animal reservoirs. This position works with supervision and within a framework of established guidelines regarding the use of vector control procedures and general laboratory practices.

Starting Salary: $5,213.00 - $6,400.00 per month
Location: Shasta County, CA
Application due: 3/28/2022

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Operations Manager: APPLY BY MAR. 28!

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking qualified candidates for this position. Under the general direction of the District Manager, the Operations Manager (OM) is an at-will, exempt, confidential, managerial position responsible for the management of the Operations Department and its staff. The OM plans, organizes and directs the District’s Operations program, including building and fleet maintenance. In addition, the OM is an integral member of District management team that assists the District Manager in planning organizing, directing, and evaluating the District’s intra-agency programs (i.e., Operations, Laboratory, and Administration). This position performs advanced professional work which requires the interpretation of advance concepts, methods, procedures, and technologies related to mosquito and vector control. Excellent communication, leadership skills and sound judgement are required.
 

Salary: $6,760.00 - $8,300.00 per month
Location: Shasta County, CA
Application due: 3/28/2022

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Senior Biologist

The McCormick Biological Inc. is seeking qualified candidates for this position. Senior Biologists are responsible for estimate/proposal preparation, biological survey design, directing/leading staff on survey and report tasks, coordinating work schedules, and communication with Principal Biologist, agency personnel, and client representatives to complete project objectives. Senior Biologists participate with the Principal Biologist and Director of Operations in planning monthly staff meetings, staff training, and business strategy development. As a Senior Biologist at MBI, it is expected that you independently complete biological consulting tasks with limited coordination with the Principal Biologist. If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to contact@mcbioinc.com. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received.

Starting Salary: Depends on experience
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Associate Biologist

The McCormick Biological Inc. is seeking qualified candidates for this position. Associate biologists will work alongside other senior and staff biologists to manage projects, schedule, communicate with clients and coordinate teams to conduct surveys for the detection of state- and federal-listed species. In addition, associate biologists prepare written evaluations of biological resources, identify plants and wildlife observed during surveys, evaluate potential for species occurrence, and monitor construction in compliance with biological/environmental avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures. If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to contact@mcbioinc.com. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received.

Starting Salary: $25.00 - $35.00 an hour, depends on experience
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Application due: Open until filled
Biologist

The Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking qualified candidates for this position. Under the general direction of the Scientific Program Manager, the Biologist assists with a variety of routine and standard biological, microbiological, chemical and other laboratory procedures to support the District’s vector surveillance and control program, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention program, relevant entomological research projects; and performs related laboratory and field work as required.

Applications are always accepted and kept on file for one year.

Salary: $75,257.24 - $94,071.55 per year
Location: Visalia, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Laboratory Director

The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) is seeking to fill this full-time position. The Laboratory Director will perform a variety of laboratory and field services to help carry out the Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program of SLCMAD; responsible for carrying out surveillance for mosquitoes and mosquito-transmitted pathogens, supervising employees engaged in surveillance work, and assisting with scientific research, analysis, and writing; will perform/assist with other work and/or tasks as needed or requested; reports to Assistant Director and Executive Director. The Laboratory Director is a full-time employee hired on a salaried basis.

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Application due: 04/01/2022
Expected start date: 05/01/2022

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Director of Scientific Programs

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications for this position. The Director of Scientific Programs directs and administers the District’s disease surveillance program, supervises the Vector Ecologists and all other disease surveillance staff; collaborates with other District departments to assist the District Manager with planning, directing, and evaluating the District’s overall operations. 

Starting Salary: $8,321.73 - $10,401.73 per month
Location: West Covina, CA
Application review begins: 02/21/2022
Application due: Open until filled

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Supervisor (Vector Surveillance Team)

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking a regular full-time Supervisor assigned to lead our mosquito and vector surveillance department which monitors adult mosquito abundance, tick abundance, and vector-borne disease. This is a career–track position with a local governmental public health agency. The District is based in Roseville, CA and serves all of Placer County. 

Starting Salary: $42.45 per hour
Location: Roseville, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Area Supervisor


The Kings Mosquito Abatement District is accepting applications for the Area Supervisor position. Under direction, the Area Supervisor is to perform inspections and control operations in an assigned area or specialized function of a mosquito abatement agency and to do related work as required. Some knowledge of mechanics, general problems and techniques of vector control, including the use of pesticides and safety precautions; ability to work independently and responsibly; to organize and conduct assigned vector abatement field operations, to make accurate observations and to keep detailed records; ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees and the public; and to evaluate situations accurately, and to maintain and appreciate safety precautions. Applications and resumes may be sent via email to office@kingsmosqutio.net, or by mail at the following address: 13960 Power Way, Hanford, Ca 93230. Please contact the District for additional details at (559) 584-3326.

Location: Hanford, CA

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Education Program Specialist

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District is seeking to fill this full-time position. Under the general direction of the District Manager, the Education Program Specialist works primarily in K-12 public and private schools to educate students about vector life cycles and habitats, vector-related public health concerns, disease prevention measures and the types of services provided by the District. The Education Program Specialist also assists the Public Information Officer with community outreach, media relations and website work. For more complete information, see the job description.

Salary: $84,049.00 - $95,545.00 per year
Location: Cotati, CA
Application due: 04/08/2022 at 4 pm

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Education Specialist

The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) is seeking to fill this full-time position. The Education Specialist will assist the District in conducting day-to-day operations; responsible for public outreach and all educational programs for the District; performs educational presentations, with special emphasis on core science development for 4-6 graders; will also act as an Outreach Coordinator and Public Information Officer for the District, assisting with community events and media relations to promote public awareness of the District’s mission, activities, and function. As Safety Officer, is responsible for monitoring and assessing hazardous and unsafe situations and developing measures to assure personnel safety; will assist in ensuring compliance and acquisition/implementation of personal protective equipment; will perform/assist with other work and/or tasks as needed or requested; reports to Assistant Director.

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Application due: 04/01/2022
Expected start date: 05/01/2022

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Mechanic I

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the District’s Assistant Manager and supervisory oversight by District’s Mechanic II or his/her designee, this position performs skilled work in the maintenance, repair and service of automotive and commercial vehicles, spraying equipment and other District equipment. 

Starting Salary: $60,460.00 - $73,490.00 per year
Location: Stockton, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Mechanic II

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the District’s Assistant Manager or his/her designee, this position performs skilled work in the diagnostics, repair, overhaul and maintenance of District equipment, vehicles, facilities and infrastructure; along with basic supervision responsibilities in accordance with the District’s policies and applicable laws. 

Starting Salary: $66,800.00 - $81,195.00 per year
Location: Stockton, CA
Application due: Open until filled

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Public Service Employee

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services (EHS) is recruiting for Public Service Employees (PSEs) who will be responsible for conducting vector-borne disease surveillance, providing public education and assisting with other duties to support the program. The position works under direct supervision and in conjunction with Registered Environmental Health Specialists and Certified Vector Control Technicians. 

Location: San Bernardino County
Application due: Open until filled

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Field Technician I (Regular Full-Time)

Under the general direction of the Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Field or Fisheries Supervisor, this position performs inspections and control operations or other related or specialized services in an assigned crew within the Control Operations department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Salary: starting at $4,162.00 per month
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Continuous

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Multiple Tenure-Track Positions (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)

The Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is recruiting for multiple full-time tenure-track positions in the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (open rank). All applications should be sent electronically to the attention of Dr. Audrey Pettifor at the following website. Applicants should provide a cover letter describing their qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three professional references and three in press or published manuscripts. Please include a separate diversity statement which outlines examples of your past commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as how you believe you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings. Proposed start date is 08/01/2022.

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Date posted: 02/15/2022

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Medicine

The Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (BSBS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine, seeks outstanding applicants for two tenure-earning assistant professor of medicine or tenured associate professor of medicine positions with a research focus on immunology and pathogen-host interactions relevant to human health. Applicants in the fields of immune responses to microbial infections and molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis are particularly encouraged to apply. In addition to developing or maintaining a well-funded research program, candidates are expected to have active participation in undergraduate and graduate education. The UCF College of Medicine provides faculty with highly competitive state-supported salaries, generous startup packages and laboratory space. The research facilities are state-of-the-art and include BSL3 laboratory space, transgenic animal facilities and excellent core facilities.

Location: Orlando, FL
Date posted: 01/14/2022
Application review begins: 03/15/2022

Application due: Open until filled

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Vector Biology & Ecology

The Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) at the University of Georgia invite applications for a joint appointment, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of vector ecology. Two positions are available: One will be located in Athens, GA in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a second position will be located at the SREL. Areas of research might include, but are not limited to: arbovirus-vector interactions, pathogen and vector responses to climate change or land use, emerging vector-borne diseases, evolutionary strategies for limiting the spread of insecticide and drug resistance in pathogens and vectors, determinants of host shifts within and between ecosystems, behavioral influences of infectious disease dynamics, and terrestrial-aquatic linkages.

Location: Athens, GA & SREL
Date posted: 11/23/2021

Application due: Open until filled
Anticipated start date: 08/01/2022

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Tenure-Track in Department of Entomology

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is seeking a Director for the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SPAREC). This is a tenure-track position at the Associate or Professor rank with tenure home in the Department of Entomology . The Director is expected to maintain a highly productive research and Extension program in the area of entomology with relevance to the vision and mission of SPAREC.

Location: Central Virginia
Date posted: 10/21/2021
Application review begins: 01/24/2022
Application due: Open until filled

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Assistant Professor of Entomology

This is a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Entomology with a specialization in global public health. This 9-month appointment has job expectations in Research, Teaching and Service with an anticipated 60%, 30% and 10% distribution of effort, respectively. Research in the field of Medical Entomology with a focus on Global Public Health. The incumbent faculty member will have primary responsibility for developing a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program focused on issues of national and global One Health importance in vector-borne disease with an emphasis on new discoveries and methodologies that have the potential for significant positive impacts on the scientific discipline and/or have economic/public health value to end-user groups. Candidate research programs will be expected to extend directly to the relevant diseaseendemic countries/regions. In addition to establishing such strong international collaborations, the incumbent will have the opportunity to develop strong ties with other faculty at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) both within and outside the Department of Entomology.

Location: College Station, TX
Date posted: 10/20/2021
Application review begins: 01/14/2022

Application due: Open until filled
Anticipated start date: 08/01/2022

 

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Tenure-Track Faculty in Modeling and Data Science

The University of Idaho seeks to build on our strength in mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling by adding up to six new tenure-track faculty. We will hire outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. Hires will be at the assistant or associate professor level, and research pairs or teams are encouraged to apply. This is a cross-institutional initiative with departmental appointments based on the specialty areas of the successful candidates. Although all types of modeling and data science will be considered, we are particularly interested in individuals with expertise in epidemiology, artificial intelligence / machine learning, molecular modeling, data analytics and visualization, mathematical and statistical modeling, and geospatial modeling.

Location: Moscow, ID
Date posted: 09/10/2021

Application due: Open until filled, but applications received on or before 10/11/2021 will receive first consideration

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Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in infectious diseases. The anticipated starting date is fall 2022. Applicants should possess the ability to develop an extramurally funded research program in infectious diseases and teach and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D.). Research resources include state-of-the-art molecular and high-throughput screening core facilities, as well as a BSL-3 laboratory and ABSL3 animal facilities. The current areas of expertise within the department and university include virology, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, vector borne infections, vaccine development and drug discovery. Our goal is to foster and support research on any area of infectious diseases including the vector/tick-borne diseases of public health importance in the U.S.-Mexico border area. However, we encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of infectious diseases to apply. The successful candidate will have access to our state-of-the-art Border Biomedical Research Center Core Facilities located in the building.

Location: El Paso, TX
Date posted: 09/08/2021

Application due: Open until filled

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