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2018 Summer Mosquito-borne Virus Surveillance Job/Internship

West Nile Virus (WNV) Field Technician (4 positions available)

Students enrolled in any Indiana college or university and who will be residing in Indiana from May through August 2018 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 Field Vector-borne Epidemiology Director. Each intern will receive training in mosquito identification and other tasks needed for their work during 2-day training sessions at the ISDH Entomology Laboratory in Indianapolis.

These positions will be available mid-to late May through August 1, 2018. If the 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 21, 2018 to August 1, 2018. 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; 2) an unofficial copy of academic transcripts; and 3) one letter of reference from a faculty member to:

Dr. Randy Bernot
Department of Biology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0440
rjbernot@bsu.edu
765.285.8844

Electronic applications (as email attachments) are encouraged. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will begin March 2018.

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Marion County Mosquito Control Seasonal Technician (Indianapolis-area)

Day Shift:  $10.03/hour
Night Shift:  $11.03 /hour

Checks known or potential mosquito breeding sites for presence of mosquito larvae or adult mosquitoes. Applies insecticides either by spraying or other control measures to reduce/eliminate the potential disease-bearing and nuisance mosquito population in Marion County.

  • Must be 18 years-of-age or older and have a valid driver’s license, with a good driving record.
  • Skills in map reading and knowledge of general layout and directions of main streets and highways in the county are essential.
  • Ability to follow instructions in the proper use and dispensing of chemicals.
  • Ability to properly operate monitoring equipment in accordance with accepted safety/operating standards.
  • Able to display courtesy in response to public inquiries and complaints.

Apply online at:  www.hhcorp.org/hhc/index.php/careers

To complete the application process:

  • Save the completed application from the web site.
  • E-mail the application as an attachment to:  hrmail@hhcorp.org
  • OR Fax the application to:  (317) 221-2036

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Allen County Mosquito Control Seasonal Technician (Fort Wayne-area)

Day Shift:  $9.00/hour; 37.5 hours/week

Apply online at:  https://goo.gl/1h6K69

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Prior pest control experience preferred
  • Must be eligible for employment April 30th through September 28th 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

WORKING CONDITIONS:

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.