We need your help.

Attention PVCA Members! We need your assistance. Our conference talks and ideas have always come from the members, but we need more input to make this and future conferences the best that they can be!

What topics do you want to see covered at our conference?

Do you have a lead on a speaker or presentation you would like to share?

Would you be interested in being considered to present at PVCA?

Do you plan to attend this year’s conference?

What nights do you plan to stay in State College, PA?

If you have an idea for a talk or presenter – please share it.

With all of the virtual ways to meet and present (Zoom, GoTo, Skype, etc), we can host presenters from their location too – so let us know who and what you want to see.

Please send your ideas and leads to (copy all four, please):

Ray Delaney (Raymond.delaney@phila.gov)
Leah Lamonte (Leah.Lamonte@AlleghenyCounty.US)
Mary Vibostok (mvibostok@co.cambria.pa.us)
Brooke Coder (brocoder@pa.gov)

We will be working on the schedule and will get back to you to help make your recommendation a reality.

We could not do any of this without your help and support – so I thank you for your dedication and participation in our programs.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Ray Delaney
PVCA President

Job Opening

Extension Educator (Pesticide Education Specialist)

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking individuals to join our nationally recognized Penn State Pesticide Education Program. As a member of the Pesticide Education Program, the individual will be responsible for actively working to identify important educational learning objectives, develop numerous educational materials, and present at educational events to support these learning objectives throughout the state. The individual will be expected to support the program’s established deliverables, which are set by funding partners. It is expected that the individual in the position will be able to provide pesticide safety content directed primarily to pesticide applicators throughout the state to accomplish three objectives: adopt application practices that contribute to improved water quality through reduced pesticide drift and groundwater contamination, educate applicators and consumers on proper application, storage, and disposal of pesticides to increase food safety when pesticides are used during the food production process, and improve pesticide management practices to reduce human exposure.

Critical responsibilities will include creating and developing pesticide safety presentations for statewide use by the Program and county extension educators; presenting at numerous certification and recertification training programs throughout the state; and managing the process of rewriting several pesticide applicator category study materials and creating accompanying exam question banks. The critical outcomes from this position will include increased water quality and food safety and decreased human exposure by providing applicators with increased knowledge to make informed decisions about the safe and proper use of pesticides. Other responsibilities include becoming familiar with federal and state laws and regulations that govern pesticides; helping to develop audio-visual programs, multimedia projects, and various printed materials; and supporting our social media and web presence.

This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Training in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, or other related field and experience with a broad knowledge of pests, pest management, and pesticide safety preferred. The candidate is expected to have excellent presentation, writing, and communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse audiences within the state. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish would be beneficial, but not required.

While the successful candidate will be stationed at University Park, he or she will be required to present programming at various training programs, which will require significant travel during the winter months throughout the state. In addition, travel at other times throughout the year is expected to attend appropriate meetings throughout the state, collaborate with others to complete contract deliverables, and participate in professional development activities related to pesticide safety education. Proficiency in the use of computer software packages such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Candidate must have the ability to carry equipment, educational materials, and supplies with or without accommodation. The individual must possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel throughout the state. Since this position requires operation a motor vehicle as a part of the job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. In addition, a Pennsylvania Pesticide Certification in Core and Category 18 is required and must be obtained within 90 days of hire. The Pesticide Education Program’s overall mission is to educate all pesticide applicators and users across the Commonwealth about pest management alternatives, including the safe, proper, and legal use of pesticides. The program promotes responsible decision-making, which will protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the environment. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Apply online athttps://psu.jobs/job/94063 and https://psu.jobs/job/94058

Academic Award for Student Research in Vector Control

We are happy to announce that we are accepting applications for the Dr. Jan G. Humphreys PVCA Academic Award for Student Research in Vector Control.

Annually the Pennsylvania Vector Control Association (PVCA) meets to allow members to network and to promote dialog related to the advancement of vector control activities within Pennsylvania.  PVCA also offers an annual competitive award for the best undergraduate and graduate students from Pennsylvania involved in vector research.  The students are nominated by a member of PVCA or university contact.  Nominees are reviewed by a selection committee, and the top undergraduate and graduate students are chosen.

PVCA invites the winners to present their research at our annual conference.  This year’s conference runs from November 6-8, 2019 at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, just outside of State College, PA.  The recipients will receive one night’s lodging, meeting registration fee waiver which includes all breaks, Supplier Social and banquet, a framed certificate, and a cash award of $300.  Please email your applications to Andy Kyle; akyle@pa.gov by September 30, 2019.

Please provide the following application information:

Name:

College or University:

Degree Program Name:

Address: 

Phone: 

Nominating Contact Name: 

Nominating Contact Email: 

Presentation Title: 

Presentation Abstract (250-300 words)