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2019 ISDH Summer Mosquito-borne Virus Surveillance Job/Internship

West Nile Virus (WNV) Field Technician (6 positions available)

Students enrolled in any Indiana college or university and who will be residing in Indiana from May through August 2019 are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to students who will be living in areas of Indiana where additional surveillance is most needed, especially northwest and southeast Indiana.

Job Duties:

The paid interns will assist with the mosquito-borne virus surveillance program of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Intern duties will include trapping mosquitoes for virus identification using gravid traps designed for disease vector collection. The locations for these collections will be determined in consultation with the ISDH Vector-borne Epidemiology Director. Successful applicants may also be trained on tick collection techniques and contribute to ISDH tick surveillance efforts on a limited basis. Each intern will receive training in mosquito identification and other tasks needed for their work during a 2-day training session at the ISDH Entomology Laboratory in Indianapolis.

These positions will available mid- to late-May through August 1, 2019. If an applicant is a Ball state University student, he or she may enroll for internship credit. Each intern must agree to work for at least a 10-week period of the project May 20, 2019 to August 1, 2019. Each intern must have a valid Driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be willing to drive the vehicle on state business. Travel expenses will be reimbursed at $0.38 per mile. The hourly wage is $12 per hour at a maximum of 29 hours per week.

Interested students should submit: 1) a cover letter that includes a statement of interest, a description of any previous background and experience in entomology, disease ecology, or epidemiology, and the Indiana county of summer residence; and 2) one letter of reference from a faculty member to:

Dr. Randy Bernot
Department of Biology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN, 47304-0440

Electronic applications (as email attachments) are encouraged. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will begin April 2019.


Allen County Seasonal Mosquito Tech (Fort Wayne-area)

Day Shift:  $11.00/hour; 37.5 hours/week

Apply online at:

For questions:  (260) 449-7459

Under the direction of the Vector Control and Environmental Services Director, the Seasonal Mosquito Technician is responsible for collecting mosquito samples, treating breeding sites, and setting up mosquito traps.


  • Responds to public complaints concerning mosquitoes.
  • Samples and treats bodies of water breeding mosquitoes and permanent mosquito breeding sites.
  • Places and collects adult mosquito traps.
  • Collects mosquito fish to provide to the public.
  • Assists with night-time adult mosquito spraying when necessary.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Prior pest control experience preferred
  • Must be eligible for employment May 6th through September 27th in order to be considered for this position. Local college students who apply will be considered if able to work a minimum of 20 hours a week (within work hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday) during the months of August and September.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a demonstrated safe driving record to operate a County owned vehicle
  • Knowledge of public health laws, regulations and related operations, methods, principles and safety measures
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to read a map to respond to public complaints as part of daily field duties
  • Ability to effectively conduct field visits and resolve related situations, emergencies and/or problems
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all Departmental records and information


The Seasonal Mosquito Technician works in the field with exposure to temperature extremes having the ability to lift up to forty pounds with some bending, pushing and/or pulling loads, kneeling and climbing required with the ability to move around freely.