Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District

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

Position Status: Full-time

Application Deadline: Open until filled.


JOB DESCRIPTION

Vector Control Technician I/II – Vector Surveillance 

Positions will be assigned to the mosquito and vector surveillance department that will involve on-site fieldwork, laboratory work, or a combination of both and will necessitate driving around the County in a District vehicle, operating standard laboratory equipment including microscopes, and handling biological specimens in the field and laboratory settings. This position can expect to be assigned a range of duties that support the District’s mission to protect public health. 

All positions will be based at District headquarters in Roseville; however, work area may change depending on need and may be anywhere in Placer County. 

Duties may include, but are not limited to, some or all of the following:

  • Operates mosquito surveillance traps and supporting equipment as part of the mosquito surveillance program. 
  • Identifies, counts, and processes adult mosquito samples to determine species diversity, abundance, and vector-borne disease infection rate. 
  • Participates in scientific research, laboratory, and fieldwork necessary to support district operations such as:  mosquito colony maintenance, bioassays, insecticide efficacy testing, dead-bird processing, data entry, and scientific data analysis.  
  • Provides effective, efficient, safe, and professional services to residents of Placer County. 
  • Works cooperatively with coworkers to address specific problem areas in their zones. 
  • Assists with vector control operations in other areas, such as the mosquito control department, as needed. 
  • Ensure accuracy of daily records and reports. 
  • Manages daily workload in an efficient and organized manner with assistance. 
  • Seeks and offers help to co-workers as appropriate as part of a team. 
  • Communicates professionally with co-workers, supervisors, and the public in an appropriate and timely manner that reflects the core values of the district.  
  • Coordinates with supervisor to establish appropriate goals in assigned area including surveillance, larval control, adult mosquito control, biological control, and other elements of the District’s Integrated Vector Management Program. 
  • Coordinates with assigned supervisor to ensure appropriate resources are available to meet goals of an assigned area. 

Physical Requirements

  • Environmental Conditions: 
    • Outdoor:  frequent work outdoors with exposure to uneven ground such as fields, dirt banks, stream banks, rice fields, and shallow ponds; occasional exposure to chemicals, fumes, and other environmental substances. Outdoor work may also involve operation or exposure to manned or unmanned aircraft.
    • Typical office/laboratory environment: Occasional work in an office setting using typical office equipment. Some assignments may be in a laboratory setting using common biological laboratory equipment and substances.
    • Work may require wearing appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment.  
  • Mobility: Periodically climb ladders or other objects; occasionally sit in one place while operating lab equipment or operating a computer. 
  • Labor: Occasionally standing or driving for a long period of time; periodically bending at the knees and waist, stooping, crawling, reaching overhead, and squatting. Repetitive motion associated with computer usage and machinery operation. 
  • Lifting: Periodically lifting up to 50 pounds, occasionally assisting in lifting over 50 pounds.  
  • Vision: Constant use of overall vision, including depth perception. 
  • Dexterity: Frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. 
  • Hearing/Talking: Regular hearing and talking in person.  
  • Emotional/Psychological: Regular coworker contact; occasional working alone.  

Minimum Qualifications 

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  

  • High School Diploma or equivalent; courses in biology or other related field is preferred, but not required; Ability to learn and understand the duties and responsibilities of the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District.   
  • A valid California Driver’s License will be required at the time of employment and must be maintained throughout employment.  Individuals must possess a current DMV Class C certification and must be insurable by the district’s insurance carrier.   
  • A valid California Department of Health Services Certification in Mosquito Control, Terrestrial Invertebrate Vector Control, and Vertebrate Vector Control (A, B, C, and D) is required to be maintained throughout employment.    
  • Due to COVID-19, all district staff assigned to work in the surveillance program/ laboratory for the 2022 mosquito season (March 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022) must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  

Examination and Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). Selection will be based on a combined overall assessment of the oral interview, written application, and resume. 

Pre-employment Screening

A pre-employment background check and a physical and drug test will be required.  All persons selected for appointment must pass medical examinations administered by the District’s physician. Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace. 

Terms of Employment

Starting salary for an entry-level VCT I is $24.36/hour paid on a bi-weekly basis.   A fully qualified VCT II with vector control experience may earn up to $38.35.   A comprehensive benefits package is offered including CalPERS pension, medical, vision, dental, Life, and AD&D insurance, optional 457 deferred compensation plan, 13 paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.    

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. 

Workers’ compensation is provided.  Employees are protected under the Workers Compensation Laws of California. 

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The District reserves the right to change or alter this description at its sole discretion.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  Please contact the District at least five (5) working days before a scheduled examination or interview if you require accommodation in the examination or interview process.