Newsletter Issue #168 - Nov. 11, 2022
New Study - Verifying the efficiency of the Biogents Sentinel trap in the field and investigating microclimatic influences on responding Aedes aegypti behavior Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are vectors of several serious disease-causing viruses in the Pacific Southwest, and surveillance and control programs of this vector regularly incorporate adult trapping. The Biogents Sentinel trap (BGS) was developed as a safe alternative to human landing/biting collections in the surveillance of Ae. aegypti and other mosquito vectors, but has low capture efficiency for both female and male Ae. aegypti under semi-field conditions. Efficiency refers to the proportion of mosquitoes that are trapped out of the number encountering the trap. In this recent study, PacVec Investigator Dr. Ring Cardé and postdoctoral scholar Brogan Amos, who is now an adjunct research fellow at James Cook University, verified the efficiency of the BGS under field conditions in suburban Riverside, California. The efficiency of the BGS with CO2 and a human skin odor mimic (BG-Lure) for both Ae. aegypti sexes in the field was 9%. This closely aligns with the results of their previous study, which found that the efficiency for females was 5% and males was 9%. In the present study, microclimatic conditions were monitored and capture occurred during periods of significantly lower mean temperature. There were no discernible changes in wind directionality or strength in the 60 s leading up to mosquito capture by the BGS. The results support their previous findings that capture efficiency of the BGS for Ae. aegypti is low, although it should be noted that per-mosquito efficiency may be higher than this estimate due to repeated encounters with the trap for individual mosquitoes [full publication].

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

WNV - Human Cases: 109     Counties: 22 

Eleven new human cases of West Nile virus disease were recently reported in the following counties: Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus, Kern, Los Angeles, and Tulare. Seven WNV-related fatalities have been reported to CDPH this year from 5 jurisdictions: Fresno, Kings, Merced, Stanislaus, and Tehama.

WNV has been detected in 30 counties in California this year:
Glenn, 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: 9     Counties: 4 

Nine human cases of St. Louis encephalitis have been confirmed in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Tulare, and Stanislaus. As of November 6th, 153 SLEV-positive mosquito samples have been reported.
WNV - A total of 63 confirmed and probable human cases of WNV disease and 4 WNV-related fatality have been recorded in Maricopa County this year. As of November 8th, 61 WNV-positive mosquito samples have been reported in Maricopa County.

SLEV - As of November 8th, a total of 252 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 reported in the following counties: Millard, Duchesne, and Uintah. WNV-positive mosquito samples have also been detected in four counties: Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Uintah.
Three human cases of WNV were confirmed in two counties: Ada and Canyon. Seven counties reported positive WNV surveillance findings in Idaho: Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, Gooding, and Twin Falls. The 2022 WNV surveillance season has ended for Idaho and data will be updated if new surveillance findings are reported to the Department. View the WNV surveillance summary here.
Three human cases of WNV were 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 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).
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
ImageNEW - Register for MVCAC's 91st Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase

The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) is hosting their 91st annual conference between Jan 29th and Feb 1st, 2023 at the Disneyland hotel in Anaheim, California. Learn more and register on their website!
ImageNEW - Register for AMCA's 89th Annual Meeting

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is hosting their 89th annual meeting between Feb 27th and Mar 3rd, 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. The AMCA annual meeting is the premier education and networking event for researchers, educators, vector control professionals, industry representatives, and students in mosquito control. Every year since 1938, hundreds gather to hear the latest research, share ideas, and form collaborations. Our educational sessions and exhibit hall help to put attendees on the cutting-edge of this ever-expanding field! Learn more and register here!
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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 Course: Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods - Next course starts December 7!
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. This course is now accredited for 28 contact hours of training with the National Environmental Health Association.

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.

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:

Visit PacVec Training Opportunities
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.
NEW - Research Support Specialist II, Entomology

A position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Harrington at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to evaluate mosquito and tick interventions in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region as well investigating links between pesticide resistance and operational control efficacy. The selected candidate will work with NEVBD partners to design and evaluate efficacy trials. In addition, the successful candidate will provide technical advice to vector control units across the NEVBD catchment area as well as develop educational materials and conduct training. The position is part of the CDC-funded Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD), carrying many opportunities to interact with our leadership team and collaborators across the region.

Location: Ithaca, NY
NEW - Assistant Research Scientist

The New York State Department of Health is seeking applications to fill this position. The Assistant Research Scientist will be responsible for assisting in routine sampling of tick populations at multiple study sites situated along the leading edge of NY State regions where Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are considered hyperendemic (Hudson and Mohawk River valleys, north and west of the greater Capital District region). By monitoring tick population density and prevalence or tick-borne pathogens, through a combination or field and laboratory-based research techniques, the Assistant Research Scientist will assist to generate data on the population density or vector ticks and prevalence or pathogens (predictors of tick-borne disease risk), while assisting to produce a suite or DNA samples for further genetic analysis by collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania. The incumbent will assist with performing analysis and summaries of project data; assist with laboratory maintenance; assist to provide mentoring to students and perform other appropriate related duties.

Location: Albany, NY
Application due: 11/11/2022

Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship

The Florida Medical Entomology Lab is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for a Ph.D. program in their team (Cynthia Lord’s lab) at the University of Florida. The position is available starting in Spring 2023 and the student’s academic department will be Entomology and Nematology. The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary, multi-institution team on ecological interactions in transmission of the Lyme spirochete between ticks and hosts. The project will explore effects of ecological, environmental, and microbial interactions on ticks and microbe transmission using mathematical models. Opportunities to participate in field and laboratory work at partner institutions are planned. Preference will be given to candidates with strong academic performance, excellent communication skills, and experience or demonstrated interest in modeling, mathematics and/or computer programming. Student will be expected to publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and participate in professional meetings. To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter, and short statement of research interests to Dr. Cynthia Lord. Please include contact information of at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Location: Gainesville, FL
Expected start date: Spring semester (January 2023)

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:
Expected start date: 01/20/2023
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)

NEW - ORISE Fellowships, Bioinformatics, CDC

Two ORISE Fellowship opportunities are available with the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch (RZB), Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. RZB is responsible for investigations into the pathogenesis, distribution, and control of unique obligate intracellular bacteria from the genera Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Orientia, and Coxiella which are transmitted by infected ticks, fleas, lice, and mites. As part of these efforts, RZB has recently implemented a project to expand and improve tick surveillance in the United States through the development and implementation of advanced molecular techniques for pathogen detection and tick species identification for medically important, human-biting ticks.

Applications due: 12/26/2022

Applications are accepted throughout the year and kept on file for many summer and seasonal opportunities. To apply, please visit
NEW - Biologist: DUE TODAY!

This position is with the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit in Manhattan, KS. The objective is to use cutting-edge, systems-level approaches to understand the ecology and biology of arthropod pests and pathogens and will contribute directly to national research programs within ARS. Duties: Conducts bioinformatics and computational analyses and uses cutting-edge approaches to understand the ecology and biology of arthropod pests and pathogens to develop innovative and biologically-relevant solutions for arthropod-borne disease problems; develops computational methods to compile and analyze a combination of large molecular, biological and/or ecological data sets through scientifically accepted algorithms to solve the problems involving arthropod pests and arthropod-borne diseases; uses statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, ASREML, etc.) and programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, C/C++, C#, Perl) for experimental design and the analysis of big data sets; provides troubleshooting and user support for computer systems and programs needed for bioinformatics analyses. Provides training on the use of systems and programs and works with scientists to prepare pipelines in support of their research.

Salary: $79,363.00 - $122,683.00 per year
Location: Manhattan, KS
Application due: 11/11/2022

NEW - Medical Officer or Senior Epidemiologist

CDC's Arctic Investigations Program is recruiting a medical officer or senior epidemiologist for the Epidemiology Team in Anchorage, Alaska. This solicitation is for civil service personnel in job series 601 or 602 at grade 14, or Commissioned Corps equivalent. The Arctic Investigations Program’s mission is to prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, with special focus on diseases of high incidence and concern among indigenous peoples. Priority activities include prevention of diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus agalactiae, Helicobacter pylori, SARS-CoV-2, respiratory syncytial virus, and hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C viruses. Ongoing laboratory-based surveillance and cohort studies provide opportunities to describe long-term trends in these diseases and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of vaccines and other public health interventions.

Location: Anchorage, AK
Application due: 11/25/2022

NEW - Medical Officer or Epidemiologist

CDC's Arctic Investigations Program is recruiting a medical officer or senior epidemiologist for the Epidemiology Team in Anchorage, Alaska. This solicitation is for civil service personnel in job series 601 or 602 at grade 13, or Commissioned Corps equivalent. The Arctic Investigations Program’s mission is to prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, with special focus on diseases of high incidence and concern among indigenous peoples. Priority activities include prevention of diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus agalactiae, Helicobacter pylori, SARS-CoV-2, respiratory syncytial virus, and hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C viruses. Ongoing laboratory-based surveillance and cohort studies provide opportunities to describe long-term trends in these diseases and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of vaccines and other public health interventions.

Location: Anchorage, AK
Application due: 11/22/2022

NEW - Manager/Entomologist

The Moab Mosquito Abatement District (MMAD) is seeking applications to fill this position. The Manager/Entomologist oversees everything necessary for running the District including mosquito monitoring and control activities carried out by MMAD technicians, and payroll and accounts-payable, which are handled by the Grand County Clerk per inter-local agreement. The fundamental responsibilities of the Manager/Entomologist of the Moab Mosquito Abatement District are to implement the policies and goals of the District as adopted by the Board of Trustees and to administer the procedural, technical, and fiscal requirements for effective mosquito/vector abatement in the District within the scope of and as required by state and federal laws. To apply, please submit a detailed resume, along with contact information for three references that can speak to your work experience and character to Tim Graham, MMAD Board Chairman:

Salary: $50,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year
Location: Moab, UT
Start date: 01/01/2023

NEW - Biologist

A position is available at the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) for a highly motivated candidate to help oversee mosquito surveillance in the greater Salt Lake City area. The selected candidate will work under the Laboratory Director at SLCMAD to assist in training, management, and material planning of the laboratory and its seasonal staff. In addition, the successful candidate will provide technical advice alongside the Laboratory Director for operation of other programs in SLCMAD. Critical tasks include field work to set and retrieve mosquito traps, mosquito sorting and identification, preparing mosquitoes for virus detection, pesticide resistance monitoring, mosquito colony rearing, and collaborating on applied research projects. Projects can include investigating links between pesticide resistance and operational control efficacy, new product/technology evaluations, insect behavioral bioassays, field ecology investigations, and interagency collaborations with other research groups. You will be required to submit both a resume/CV and a completed agency application form. For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact Dr. Greg White, Assistant Director: You can submit documents via email to Dr. White or other members of SLCMAD leadership.

Salary: $42,278.00 - $84,556.00 per year
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Application due: 03/01/2023

NEW - 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 careertrack position with a local governmental public health agency. Our District is based in Roseville, CA and serves all of Placer County. 

Location: Roseville, CA
Application due: Open until filled

NEW - District Secretary

The Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking applications to fill this position. Under the direction and supervision of the District Manager, this position is regarded as administrative and relates to organizing and controlling administrative records. The Secretary plans and organize files, other forms or record keeping, reports, and business office procedures; checks all invoices and pays the bills; is responsible for payroll and associated records; set up and maintains budgetary control and fiscal records, operational records, work load and cost data, personnel records, and devises forms as required; sets up and maintains property, equipment, repairs and service records; analyzes recorded data and prepares summary and statistical reports for the Manager; and develops and implements office procedures necessary for the efficient operation of the District.
$60,625.00 - $75,794.00 per year
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Application due: 01/13/2023

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


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

NEW - Assistant/Associate Professor in Veterinary Immunology (Tenure-Track, 2 Positions)

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is seeking two scientists with a demonstrated research focus on immunology. These are full-time, tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology is a highly integrated group studying the mechanisms by which disease develops at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. We are strongly collaborative with existing research strengths in host-microbe interactions, host response to infection, T- and B-cell biology, immunohematology, and stem cell research. Research interests in other areas of fundamental and applied immunology are also welcome, including (but not limited to) host-pathogen interactions, immunogenetics, immunodeficiencies, autoimmunity, allergy/hypersensitivity, cancer immunology, diagnostic immunology, vaccine development, and immune-based therapies.

Location: Davis, CA
Date posted: 11/07/2022
Next review date: 1/09/2023
(Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee)
Application due: 3/31/2023
NEW - Assistant Professor of Teaching (Preferred Emphasis: Entomology and Animal Biology)

The Department of Entomology and Nematology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Teaching with a preferred emphasis in entomology and animal biology. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor of Teaching position with potential for security of employment (similar to tenure-track). Participation in outreach programs and performance of University service are also expected. Expertise in entomology or a related discipline is required. The appointee will be expected to carry out high-quality and innovative teaching in subjects supporting the Entomology and Animal Biology majors and consistent with the broad goals of the department. The appointee will be required to teach up to five undergraduate courses per year in departmental undergraduate curricula as assigned by the department chair. Teaching assignments will be based on enrollment, units, scope (classroom, field, laboratory), and needs of the department.

Location: Davis, CA
Date posted: 10/28/2022
Next review date: 12/31/2022 (Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee)
Application due: 2/28/2023


NEW - Multiple Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

The Indiana University School of Public Health‐Bloomington (SPH‐B) invites applications for multiple tenured/tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. This is an open-rank search and applicants at all levels (assistant, associate, or full professors) are welcome. SPH-B seeks individuals who will contribute toward academic and scientific excellence in support of our mission to create knowledge and train the next generation of professionals to protect human health by improving the quality of environments where people live, work, and play. These 10‐month appointments would ideally start August 1, 2023, although an earlier or later start date is negotiable. Applications received by November 15, 2022, will receive full consideration, and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Location: Bloomington, IN
For best consideration: 11/15/2022
Expected start date: 08/01/2023
Application due: Open until filled


Assistant Professor in Medical Entomology, Tenure-Track

The Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona is recruiting a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Medical Entomology. The successful candidate is expected to develop a top-quality, externally funded research program elucidating the biology of arthropods of medical or veterinary importance. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, molecular biology, physiology, ecology, behavior, genomics, modeling, and population genetics. The new hire will have the opportunity to collaborate with an established group of faculty with interests in medical entomology, including faculty in the Departments of Entomology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Epidemiology. Opportunities also exist to participate in established collaborations with Arizona tribal nations, partner institutions in Mexico, and the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Entomology and graduate courses in the Entomology and Insect Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. The candidate will mentor graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. Applicant reviews will begin November 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Location: Tucson, AZ
Date posted: 10/17/2022
Target hire date: 4/01/2023


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


Assistant Professor of Urban Entomology

The Department of Entomology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor in Urban Entomology. The Assistant Professor in Urban Entomology will work to understand and manage insects of public health significance in urban communities, particularly as they relate to dimensions of socioeconomic disadvantage. Research conducted will investigate healthy, safe, and sustainable ways for control or eradication of insects that are found in and around human habitations. The research will focus on understanding the complex urban environment, how that environment impacts insect populations, and how to effectively control pest and/or vectored disease outbreaks. The successful candidate will integrate research with other hires in this cluster, with existing faculty in the Department of Entomology, and throughout OSU to understand the economic, cultural, and physical interactions that impede or facilitate the control of urban insect populations. 

Location: Columbus, OH
Date posted: 10/26/2022


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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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.

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