Newsletter Issue #165 - Oct. 13, 2022
+ News and Updates    + New Publication
New Study - Pyrethroid insecticides in urban catch basins: A potential secondary contamination source for urban aquatic systems 

Pesticide contamination is a threat to many aquatic habitats, and runoff from residential homes is a major contributor of these chemicals in urban surface streams and estuaries. Compared to agricultural fields, relatively little is known about the urban fate and movement of pesticides, although a wide range of pesticides are routinely used for pest management of structures and landscapes. Improved understanding can help identify areas of concern for monitoring and management. In many urban areas, runoff water congregates in numerous underground catch basins before draining into the open environment; however at present, essentially no information is available on pesticide presence in these systems. In this study, UC Riverside PhD candidate Nathan Sy and PacVec investigator Dr. Jay Gan collaborated with California vector control districts of Sacramento-Yolo, Alameda, Madera, Delta, Los Angeles, and West Valley to collect water samples from a large number of underground urban catch basins during the active pest management season to determine the occurrence and profile of widely used pyrethroid insecticides. Detectable levels of pyrethroids were found in 98% of the samples, and the detection frequency of individual pyrethroids ranged from no detection for fenpropathrin to 97% for bifenthrin. In the aqueous phase, total pyrethroid concentrations ranged from 3 to 726 ng/L, with a median value of 32 ng/L. Pyrethroids were found to be enriched on suspended solids, with total concentrations ranging from 42 to 93,600 ng/g and a median value of 2,350 ng/g. In approximately 89% of the samples, whole water concentrations of bifenthrin were predicted to have toxic units >1 for sensitive aquatic invertebrates. The high detection frequency of bifenthrin and overall pyrethroid concentrations, especially for particle-bound residues, suggest that underground urban catch basins constitute an important secondary source for extended and widespread contamination of downstream surface waters by pesticides such as pyrethroids in urban regions [full publication].

West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) activity continues in the Pacific Southwest

WNV - Human Cases: 90     Counties: 19 

Nine more human cases of West Nile virus disease were recently reported in the following counties: Kern, Madera, Placer, Santa Clara, Shasta, Stanislaus, Tehama. Seven WNV-related fatalities have been reported to CDPH this year from 5 jurisdictions: Fresno, King, Merced, Orange, and Tehama.

WNV has been detected in 29 counties in California this year:
Napa, Sonoma, Ventura, Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Lake, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside.

SLEV - Human Cases: 8     Counties: 4 

Human cases of St. Louis encephalitis have been confirmed recently in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Tulare, and Stanislaus. As of October 7th, 138 SLEV-positive mosquito samples have been reported.
WNV - A total of 56 confirmed and probable human cases of WNV disease and 3 WNV-related fatality have been recorded in Maricopa County this year. As of October 13th, 52 WNV-positive mosquito samples have been reported in Maricopa County.

SLEV - As of October 13th, a total of 227 SLEV-positive mosquito samples have been reported in Maricopa County.
Utah's first human case of WNV was confirmed in a male between the ages of 65 and 84 in September 2022. Two additional human cases are under investigation in Weber and Uintah counties.

WNV-positive horses were recently reported in the following counties: Duchesne and Uintah. WNV-positive mosquito samples have also been detected in four counties: Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Uintah.
Southwest District Health confirmed its first case of human WNV of 2022 in Idaho, Canyon County. Surveillance for WNV has been conducted in a total of 18 counties. Seven counties recently reported positive WNV surveillance findings in Idaho: Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, Gooding, and Twin Falls. View the WNV surveillance summary here
Three human cases of WNV were recently confirmed in two counties: Malheur and Baker. As of October 12th, a total of 52 WNV-positive mosquitoes and 3 WNV-positive horse have been reported in six counties: Klamath, Malheur, Baker, Lake, Union, and Jackson.
Six WNV-positive mosquito samples were recently detected in two counties: Benton and Kittitas, Washington state. A total of four human cases of WNV were recently reported (three out-of-state acquired and one unknown exposure location).
As mosquito season ramps up, vector control agencies urge the public to take precautions such as applying repellents on exposed skin and eliminating mosquito breeding sites from backyards.

Learn More:
California WNV website
VectorSurv Maps
Post-doc: Modeling and Data Synthesis for Vector-Borne Diseases (1st Deadline is TOMORROW)

The Davis Arbovirus Research and Training (DART) Lab at the University of California, Davis seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop web-based data analysis and visualization tools to support public-health and vector-control decisions in California and other U.S. states. The position will work as part of the Vector-borne Disease Surveillance (VectorSurv) team, along with local, state, and federal partner agencies, to develop data tools for the VectorSurv online data system ( and Responsibilities will include (1) designing processes and writing code to integrate diverse data sources, including data on climate, land use, human demographics, and vector surveillance and control, (2) developing predictive models for vector abundance and vector-borne disease risk, (3) working with the programming team to automate models for use in VectorSurv’s web applications, and (4) writing manuscripts describing findings. Learn more here!
Citizen Science: Promoting Community Surveillance, Vector Research and Local Health, AMCA

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. The opportunity to contribute to science that fosters community health while simultaneously contributes to advances in global health and controlling vector borne disease is a powerful motivator that engages tens of thousands in mosquito surveillance citizen science. AMCA introduces two international citizen science tools, Mosquito Alert and GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper, and will discuss their contributions toward building public awareness about the importance of individual and community engagement in mosquito surveillance and mitigation. AMCA will also describe some of the recent contributions of these tools to mosquito vector research. The webinar will be on November 3, 2022 at 10-11am PDT. Learn more and register here.

EYE on Yellow Fever Podcast Series, WHO

‘EYE on yellow fever’ is a podcast series highlighting the global risks of yellow fever and how the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy is addressing these challenges in the most-affected countries. Experts from different fields of climate change and even outer space explore why and how this disease is in danger of spreading globally and take you inside a concerted global effort to ensure that yellow fever does not become the next big global health threat. The series is available on the WHO website or your preferred podcast app.
Virtual Seminar Series on Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
The third year of the Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases seminar series is sponsored by the Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (Create-NEO) and the UTMB Center for Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Seminars will be hosted every second Tuesday of the month starting September 13, 2022. Register in advance for this webinar series here.

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.
NEVBD Vector Biology Boot Camp Lectures Available Online

3iology тр ture Ser'es гоп [оку Воо( Смпр 2021 Vector BioIogy Boot Сатр NEVBD is pausing their in-person component of the Vector Biology Boot Camp for the time being, with the hopes of offering it again in 2023. In lieu of their hands-on program, you can access recorded presentations from the 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp available through the Cornell Video on Demand service. Simply complete this user registration form or visit their website to gain access to these recordings.

Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases Six-Day Course
The University of Idaho (UI) IHHE is hosting its annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course, Monday through Saturday, June 12-17, 2023, on the UI campus in Moscow, Idaho. This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new faculty, and current professionals to ensure competency in basic biology and cutting-edge knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals, and humans. Applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2022, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance for the course in spring 2023. Please email with any questions.

Online Training in Vector Surveillance
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. This course is now accredited for 28 contact hours of training with the National Environmental Health Association.

Online Course: Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods
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.

SECVBD & IFAS Online Mosquito Training Course

SECVBD, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry. CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, CO, and CA at this time.

SECVBD & IFAS 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!

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 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 "Landscape Epidemiology of Vector-Borne Diseases"
Dr. Chad L. Cross ( is putting together an article collection in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health aiming to publish manuscripts that directly incorporate scale (time and/or space) into understanding vector-borne disease patterns and processes and, ultimately, how these patterns and processes potentially impact human and/or animal health. Manuscripts may focus on disease vectors, vector-borne pathogens, zoonotic diseases, emerging diseases, mathematical/statistical modeling, etc. so long as landscape epidemiology and disease vectors are functionally incorporated into the thesis of the manuscript. Manuscripts that incorporate a One Health perspective are especially welcome [Learn More]. Deadline for manuscript submissions: August 31, 2023.
PacVec support for insecticide resistance testing
If you have mosquito (Aedes or Culex) samples to be tested for insecticide resistance, feel free to reach out to us, ideally well before the desired testing date. 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 has organized various regional training workshops on bottle bioassay testing. Anyone interested in getting help with testing can send an email to
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 or call (530) 754-9740. In Arizona, contact Dawn Gouge and Lucy Li at or call (602) 418-5202. Stay Safe!

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!

Videos on larval mosquito resistance testing
In collaboration with partners at the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, PacVec CoE has produced 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 here.
Postdoctoral Scholar: Modeling and Data Synthesis for Vector-Borne Diseases

The Davis Arbovirus Research and Training (DART) Lab at the University of California, Davis seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop web-based data analysis and visualization tools to support public-health and vector-control decisions in California and other U.S. states. The position will work as part of the Vector-borne Disease Surveillance (VectorSurv) team, along with local, state, and federal partner agencies, to develop data tools for the VectorSurv online data system ( and Responsibilities will include (1) designing processes and writing code to integrate diverse data sources, including data on climate, land use, human demographics, and vector surveillance and control, (2) developing predictive models for vector abundance and vector-borne disease risk, (3) working with the programming team to automate models for use in VectorSurv’s web applications, and (4) writing manuscripts describing findings.

Location: Davis, CA
Date posted: 08/31/2022
Next review date: 10/14/2022 at 11:59pm PDT
Final date: 01/31/2023 at 11:59pm PST (Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.)

Postdoctoral Scholars (2 Positions)

The MCE-VBD is recruiting two postdoctoral scholars to lead CDC-funded projects investigating vector and vector-borne disease management, using statistical models combined with field surveys and observations. The postdoctoral associates will be based at the University of Wisconsin in the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne disease, working with Susan Paskewitz (Department of Entomology) and Lyric Bartholomay (Department of Pathobiological Sciences). They will interact with other project PIs and partners in public health and vector control in the Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota, U.S.A. The successful candidates will contribute to one or more research projects that include: 1) evaluating currently available methods for reduction of host-seeking blacklegged ticks or West Nile virus vectors, 2) conducting lab, semi-field, and field trials evaluating new products and delivery mechanisms for tick or mosquito control, 3) evaluating impacts of public health education on vector bite prevention.

Location: Madison, WI

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Virus-Vector Interactions

A Postdoctoral Scientist position is available at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station funded through a NIH award investigating arbovirus-mosquito interactions and the impact of multiple mosquito blood meals on vector competence ( Individuals are expected to undertake fundamental cellular, molecular and organismal biological studies pertinent to the aims of the project.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field (virology, microbiology, or vector biology). Interested persons should submit electronic copies of: (1) a letter of application specifically addressing how the applicant meets the job requirements as listed above, especially experience in the stated fields, and including a statement of career goals, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for at least three references to Dr. Doug Brackney, Department of Environmental Sciences, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, P. O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504.

Salary: $54,236.00 per year (plus competitive benefits)

Postdoctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, to work with Dr. Luis Fernando Chaves. This is a school-funded position for one year that can be renewed for an additional year depending on successful performance. The position includes benefits and compensation that is congruent with NIH stipend levels. The postdoctoral fellow will join a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, ecologists, modelers, vector biologists, geographers and other social and environmental scientists to do research on the impacts of changing environments on vector-borne diseases. The primary goal of this project is to understand non-linear responses of insect vectors, and the diseases they transmit, to land use / land cover changes and environmental variability, as driven by social, economic and political factors. The ultimate goal is to develop new models that integrate insights and theory from the social sciences into transmission mechanisms or that articulate the impacts of different modes of environmental variability in vector ecology and/or diseases sensitive to environmental change.

Location: Bloomington, IN
For best consideration date: 10/01/2022 (Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but applications received by 10/01/2022 will be given full consideration, and the search will remain open until suitable candidate is found.)
Expected start date: 11/01/2022
Applications are accepted throughout the year and kept on file for many summer and seasonal opportunities. To apply, please visit
Epidemiologist (Remote/Hybrid)

Heluna Health and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of Epidemiologist for the Vector-borne Diseases Program. The purpose of the Vector-borne Diseases Program is to develop and implement effective surveillance, prevention, and control of West Nile virus and other vector-borne diseases that are endemic or are imported into California. This position is responsible for epidemiological analyses of vector-borne diseases, as indicated, under the supervision of the Chief, Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS). Duties performed will help reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission to California residents and visitors. The Epidemiologist will interact with other VBDS staff, numerous CDPH programs, county public health jurisdictions, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform essential functions.

Salary:  $88,000.00 - $91,000.00 per year

Location: Sacramento, CA

Assistant Vector Control Specialist/Vector Control Specialist (Limited Term)

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. 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. 

Salary:  $32.97 - $40.08 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

Vector Ecologist

The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the general direction of the Entomologist or his/her designee, the Vector Ecologist assists and coordinates with a variety of routine and standard biological and entomological activities to support the District’s comprehensive programs in vector surveillance and control, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention, and relative research projects; and perform related laboratory and field work as required. 
Approximately $69,285.06 - $84,216.34 per year
Location: San Joaquin County, CA
Application due: Open until filled

District Manager

The Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under authority vested by the Board of Trustees and derived from legislation, the District Manager is the chief administrative, operational and financial officer of the District. As such, this position plans, organizes and directs the overall operations and works of the District, provides day-to-day leadership, and does related work as required and necessary. In addition to organizing the operational program for the present and immediate future, the position provides planning to prepare the District to adjust and modify its operations to respond to and to meet changing issues and trends. The District Manager is hired and employed at the collective will of the Board of Trustees.

Location: Parlier, CA
Application due: Open until filled; position start date 01/2023


Manager, Vector Control & Community Health

The County of San Diego is seeking applications to fill this position. This unclassified management position will be a strategic and innovative leader who strives for continuous improvement and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to the Community Health Division. This position will plan, organize, manage, and provide direction and oversight for all staff, programs, services, and activities of the Division, including mosquito control and other vector control operational field programs, vector surveillance and technical services, operational support functions, and community health programs. The position will also have the following duties and responsibilities: Assumes leadership responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of a vector control program and is a direct report to the equivalent of a vector control district general manager; plans, directs, and evaluates vector control program evaluation, priorities and objectives, policies, guidelines, and operating procedures; develops and implements procedures and methods for Integrated Pest Management and Best Management Practices in vector control public service; provides leadership with difficult or complex vector control disease investigations, public relations issues encountered through vector control operations, and resolves issues and identifies solutions.

Salary: $115,000.00 - $135,000.00 per year
Location: County of San Diego, CA
Application due: 11/30/2022


Administrative Manager

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the direction of the General Manager and Assistant Manager, this position manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the administration department including financial and human resources functions. Incumbent provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager.

Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

Assistant Manager

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction of the General Manager, this position has both management and supervisory responsibilities and may be called upon to interpret directives to staff and to give authoritative advice and direction on specific issues. Successful performance requires an in depth understanding of the philosophy of the Board of Trustees and the General Manager on a broad range of matters. Performs higher level essential tasks as necessary to maintain operations in the absence of General Manager. Incumbent is expected to use good judgment to defer appropriate matters to the General Manager for personal attention.  
The starting salary for this position is contingent on experience and qualifications.
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled

Assistant to the General Manager

The Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District is seeking applications to fill this position. The responsibilities and authority of the General Manager are derived from legislation and the general policies determined by the Governing Board of Trustees. In a Mosquito Abatement District, the General Manager, as the administrator and executive of the Board of Trustees, provides overall direction to the various operations and activities of the District. The applicant will be assisting the General Manager in these day-to-day operations while training to replace the General Manager as he prepares for retirement. We anticipate this training to take approximately 6 (six) months from Applicant’s start date. In addition to organizing the program for the present and immediate future, the Manager provides for planning to prepare the District to adjust its operations to meet the changing mosquito problems resulting from trends that can be forecast in land utilization, water projects developments, and recreational developments. This includes planning on a long-range basis and involves the utilization and coordination of the services of consulting engineers, community planners and other technical personnel employed by or otherwise available to the District.

Location: Compton, CA
Application due: Open until filled


Clerk of Board/Executive Assistant (Part-Time Exempt)

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction, performs a variety of confidential and highly responsible, complex administrative duties on behalf of the General Manager and Board of Trustees; serves as Board liaison and administers and coordinates District agendas, meetings, actions, minutes, and communications; serves as liaison with outside agencies, and the general public; manages official District records; and performs related work as required.  

Salary:  $3,314.00 - $4,028.50 per month
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous
Community Liaison

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under direction, the community liaison educates and spreads awareness of the District’s mission to combat mosquitoes which pose a public health threat to the communities and cities of Los Angeles County; identifies and builds relationships with key community groups, leaders, businesses, and other organizations within assigned zones; educates stakeholders regarding the District’s services as a resource for mosquito control efforts; utilizes oral, written, and digital communications to raise awareness and motivate lasting behavior change designed to reduce mosquito populations and vector-borne disease risks; and performs related work as required.

Salary:  $31.38 - $38.15 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

Human Resources Analyst

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under general direction, performs complex and varied technical, professional, and confidential work required to administer human resources programs, including recruitment, job analysis and classification, compensation, employee benefits, and employee and labor relations; performs research and analysis; provides consulting services to District departments related to all aspects of human resources programs and activities; and performs related work, as required. This is a journey level classification responsible for performing the full range of professional human resources work in the following areas by working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative: recruitment, classification, compensation, and employee and labor relations. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Salary:  $34.47 - $43.09 per hour
Location: West Covina, CA
Application due: 10/16/2022

Vector Field Assistant

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position.Under general supervision, performs support work associated with surveillance activities, including setting and collecting mosquito traps along an assigned route; cares for and maintains sentinel chicken flocks; and performs related work as required.

Salary:  $20.12 - $24.46 per hour
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Application due: Continuous

Laboratory Technician

The Sac-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the direction of the Laboratory Director and direct supervision of the Vector Ecologist or Biologist, individual is responsible for performing a variety of laboratory and field services within the vector-borne disease surveillance programs of the Laboratory department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. 

Location: Elk Grove, CA
Application due: Open until filled


Assistant/Associate Professor in Microbiology (Tenure Track)

The University of California, Davis is seeking an outstanding research-focused microbiologist with a demonstrated research interest in veterinary bacteriology/mycology. The faculty provide a strong, collegial core to support investigation of infectious agents and disease in animals and humans. The departmental research focuses on the mechanisms by which diseases develop at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They have overlapping and collaborative research strengths in both the interactions of microbes with their hosts and the host response to infection. A PhD or equivalent is required. Topics of specific interest include but are not limited to: antimicrobial resistance, the microbiome, microbial ecology, bacterial pathogenesis, metagenomics and the development of cutting-edge techniques to detect or examine the pathogenesis of bacterial or fungal infections.

Location: Davis, CA
Date posted: 07/20/2022
Next review date: 09/15/2022
Application due: 12/31/2022


Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Public Health

The Department of Public Health at the University of California, Merced invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Public Health. The Department’s mission is to promote and protect health in the San Joaquín Valley and the world through our research and the training of the next generation of public health leaders. The Public Health Department has had an approved MSPH and PhD in Public Health since 2017. The next stage in our growth includes the development and implementation of a stand-alone MPH program to meet the public health workforce needs in California’s Central Valley. Our current search is therefore broad, and we seek a colleague with demonstrated excellence in research in any substantive public health area and the skills to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the same. We are specifically interested in scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: infectious disease; global health; policy; implementation science; evaluation; and with a quantitative orientation.

Location: Merced, CA
Date Posted: 09/09/2022
Next review date: 10/12/2022 (Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee)
Final Application due: 6/30/2023


Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Medical Entomology

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Vector Biology / Medical Entomology. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research; responsibilities are allocated as 55% research, 40% teaching, and 5% service. Review of applications will begin 1 November 2022 with interviews in early 2023. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Shriver (, Search Committee Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

Location: Newark, DE
Application due: Open until filled


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NEW - Sy N, Wheeler SS, Reed M, Haas-Stapleton E, Reyes T, Gan J et al. Pyrethroid insecticides in urban catch basins: A potential secondary contamination source for urban aquatic systems. Environ Pollut. 2022.

Brummitt SI, Harvey DJ, Smith WA, Barker CM, Kjemtrup AM. Assessment of physician knowledge, attitudes, and practice for Lyme disease in a low-incidence state. Journal of Med Entomol. 2022.

Lu WY, Leal WS, Brisco KK, An S, Cornel AJ. A highly expressed odorant receptor from the yellow fever mosquito, AaegOR11, responds to (+)- and (-)-fenchone and a phenolic repellent. bioRxiv. 2022.

Bello JE, Cardé RT. Compounds from human odor induce attraction and landing in female yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti). Sci Rep. 2022.

Pascoe EL, Nava S, Labruna MB, Paddock CD, Marcantonio M, Foley JE et al.
Predicting the northward expansion of tropical lineage Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato ticks in the United States and its implications for medical and veterinary health. PLoS ONE. 2022.

Backus LH, Foley JE, Hobbs GB, Bai Y, Beati L. A new species of tick, Ixodes mojavensis, from the Amargosa Valley of California. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2022.

Danforth ME, Snyder RE, Feiszli T, Padgett K, Coffey LL, Barker CM et al. Epidemiologic and environmental characterization of the re-emergence of St. Louis Encephalitis virus in California, 2015–2020. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2022.

Tetreau G, Sawaya MR, De Zitter E, Andreeva EA, Bannevile A-S, Federici B et al. De novo determination of mosquitocidal Cry11Aa and Cry11Ba structures from naturally-occurring nanocrystals. Nat Commun. 2022.

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Cardé RT. Primacy of human odors over visual and heat cues in inducing landing in female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. J Insect Behav. 2022.

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