Job Posting – Maryland Dept of Agriculture, Mosquito Control Program Manager

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will be seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Program Manager, Mosquito Control Section. Preferred candidates will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in entomology or related field with course work in medical and veterinary entomology or culicidology  and work experience in a MAD, county or state program.  Administrative, procurement and budget experience will be helpful. The Program Manager is responsible for NPDES compliance and to obtain permits to apply toxicants to the waters of Maryland through the Maryland Department of the Environment.

 

The Program Manager will manage a budget of $2.6 million, and lead a staff of 15 classified and 60 seasonal hires, providing a modern Integrated Mosquito Management services to 2500 communities in 16 counties. The program owns and operates a Beechcraft King Air over Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore counties and a Kubota excavator for maintenance of 23,000 acres of Open Marsh Water Management projects. A large arbovirus surveillance program is conducted annually in cooperation with the Department of Health.

 

This position will be advertised early in 2015, however, interested persons are encouraged to contact Carol Holko, Assistant Secretary for Plant Industries and Pest Management, 410-841-5870, or by email,carol.holko@maryland.gov

 

Job Posting – CA Dept of Public Health, Associate Public Health Biologist

JOB OPPORTUNITY

 Associate Public Health Biologist – 7H1CF  <– PDF Available

The Vector-Borne Disease Section of the California Department of Public Health is recruiting for Public Health Biologists at the Associate level.  Public Health Biologists conduct activities relating to the prevention, surveillance, epidemiology, and control of vector-borne diseases in California.  Salary range per month is $4521 – $5889.  Positions are potentially located in Richmond, Elk Grove, and Redding California.  Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2014.

For information about employment opportunities or to submit a resume/CV, please contact Vicki Kramer at (916) 552-9730 or vicki.kramer@cdph.ca.gov.  For information on the application process, contact Jesse Laxton atjesse.laxton@cdph.ca.gov.

 

Information can also be found at the California Department of Public Health website:  http://cdph.ca.gov  under job opportunities (quick links), current open examinations, Associate Public Health Biologist. See also the attached Bulletin and flyer.

2014 PVCA 40th Annual Meeting Announcement


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October 29, 30 , 31 at the Days Inn, State College, PA.

You can download the conference announcement here:
2014 PVCA Conference Notice

You can download the tentative agenda here:
2014 PVCA tentative conference agenda 9-22-2014

To register for the conference, please download the registration form, the photo salon entry form (if you have a photo to enter in the contest), and the 40th anniversary party attendance form:
2014 registration form
PVCA Birthday Bash
Photo contest entry form

 

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2013 Annual Conference – Early Announcement, Hold the Dates

The 2013 annual conference of the PVCA will be held at the Days Inn, 240 S. Pugh Street, State College, PA, 16801. 
The dates will be earlier than in recent years:  November 6, 7, and 8.

Information on the Days Inn can be found at this link.  This location is in downtown State College and within easy walking distance of restaurants and after meeting gathering spots well known to many conference visitors.

Want to plan your dining in advance?  Check out this website to help you decide where you’ll be going for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  https://www.statecollege.com/dining/listings.php

The Mad Mex restaurant attached to the hotel does provide traditional breakfast fare but, fear not, the options for food are numerous downtown.

2012 Annual Conference

The 2012 annual conference is being held at the Ramada Conference Center, State College, PA  on November 14-16, 2012.

As in previous years, day one is a half day PM session. Day two is a full day. Day three is a half day AM session.

2012 PVCA tentative agenda 10-9-2012

2012 Conference Notice

2012 Registration Form

Chester County, PA 2012 Lyme Disease Survey

Lyme Disease Survey

This survey is being conducted by the Pennsylvania Lyme Disease Awareness Committee (PLDAC). The PLDAC is a collaboration of the Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau, the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA, Inc. and the Chester County Health Department.

The committee is dedicated to educating residents on the risks, prevention, symptoms, and treatment options of Lyme disease and promoting federal and state legislative initiatives that provide funds for research and treatment of Lyme disease and protection of physicians.

Results from the survey will be used to educate policymakers about the true impact of Lyme disease in the daily life of Pennsylvania residents and help further educate residents about the disease.

This survey is open to the general public and should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey will be fully anonymous and you have the right to leave questions unanswered.

2011 Conference Agenda Released

Dear Colleague:

Please join us for the 2011 training conference of the Pennsylvania Vector Control Association on November 16-18, 2011 at the Ramada Conference Center, 1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801.

Fee structure for this conference is as follows:

  • Class 1 – Non-license and public license attendee                               $120.00
  • Class 2 – Commercial license without exhibit or presentation             $175.00
  • Class 3 – Commercial license with exhibit and/or presentation            $300.00
  • Class 4 – Additional commercial license(s) from same company        $120.00

 This fee will include Wednesday – Friday breaks, and a Thursday lunch banquet at the hotel.  Please pre-register by mailing or e-mailing a separate registration form with the name and complete mailing address for each attendee to me at the above address by November 4, 2011.  (To speed up registration at the door, please mail your registration check payable to “PVCA” prior to the conference, if possible.)  If attaching a business card to the registration form, complete only the items not on your card.

 EXHIBITORS:  For those pre-registering to exhibit and give an exhibitor presentation, time has been set aside on Wednesday to introduce your company and your products.  There will be ample time during the three-day event to speak with individuals.  Please complete the enclosed registration form and return on or before November 4, 2011.  If not pre-registered, we cannot guarantee exhibit space or presentation time.   

 A complimentary breakfast buffet is served for hotel guests in P.J.Harrigan’s restaurant on weekdays.  Room rates are $75.00 per night plus applicable taxes.  We have a block of rooms reserved ONLY until November 4You must make your own reservation with the Ramada Conference Center by that date, or you will not be guaranteed a room. Even if you have not received approval to attend, you are encouraged to reserve a room.  You can always cancel the reservation if you do not receive final approval. Be sure to ask for the “PVCA meeting (Group Code: VCTR)” when you make your reservation, to be assured of obtaining the above rate.  The Ramada Conference Center phone number is (814) 238-3001.  Please remember, in order to receive reduced fees for the hotel facilities for the conference, we must guarantee a minimum number of rooms. Please plan to stay at the Ramada Conference Center.

 Continuing Education Credits for PA Pesticide Applicators licenses will be issued by the PA Department of Agriculture.  Please bring your license with you if you wish to receive credits.

 Please complete the attached registration form, and/or exhibitor registration form, and return it to me by November 4, 2011.  Please note any special needs you may have on the reservation form.

 

We look forward to seeing you at State College!

Sincerely,

 Carmen L. Reichard,

Secretary – PVCA

2011 PVCA Registration Form Link

2011 PVCA Agenda (Updated Nov 7, 2011)

2011 Annual Conference

The 2011 PVCA annual conference will be held at the Ramada Inn, State College, PA on November 16, 17, and 18 (Wed-Fri).  Please stay tuned for more information as the year progresses.

West Nile Virus/Entomological Technician Posting – Berks Co.

Job Description

Entomological Suppression Technician

This is a Temporary Full Time Position (April through November, 2011)

Berks County Conservation District

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Responsible for implementing mosquito control and Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) throughout Berks County. Key duties include fieldwork, data collection and data entry, mosquito control activities, and coordination with neighboring counties and Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Environmental Protection staff.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Prepare annual PA DEP West Nile Virus Project applications.
2. As applicable in concert with District Manager, coordinate activities of summer interns assigned to insect- related programs.
3. Collect and submit mosquito samples on dry ice for virus isolation.
4. Provide updates on the IMM program to print and broadcast media.
5. Provide all required program notifications to the public prior to the application of insect eradication agents.
6. Conduct comprehensive field studies and monitoring on the abundance, distribution, and life stage of mosquitoes as relates to effective treatment in Berks County. Mosquito surveillance efforts should reflect current specifications detailed in PA Department of Environmental Protection West Nile Virus Grants Scope of Work.
7. Develop and conduct an effective mosquito larviciding program that specifically targets known vectors of West Nile Virus, particularly Culex species, while maintaining accurate records according to the PA Department of Agriculture regulations. Develops a surveillance plan to include monitoring and surveillance of all wastewater treatment plants located within the county.
8. Develop response strategies to positive mosquito, equine, and human test results. These plans should include mosquito surveillance and control operations. Results of the response activities should be relayed to appropriate PA Department of Environmental Protection staff as they are collected.
9. Assist regional Department of Environmental Protection staff when mosquito adulticide operations are planned within Berks County.
10. Conduct pre- and post-treatment monitoring of mosquito treatment locations and maps mosquito production areas.
11. Enter all collected data into the West Nile Virus control website and correctly ships biological samples to PA Department of Environmental Protection’s lab in Harrisburg, PA.
12. Cooperate with adjoining county mosquito personnel and communicate treatment strategies and operations.
13. Assist with countywide West Nile Virus Educational Programs as directed by supervisor.
14. Attend all meetings provided by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Additional training opportunities may be scheduled and the employee should attend these sessions as directed by supervisor.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Serve on District committees as a volunteer or as appointed.
2. Prepare articles for newsletter or annual report summaries as requested.
3. Attend staff, team, and other meetings as required.
4. Other duties as assigned by the District Manager or Conservation District Board of Directors.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
1. Bachelor’s Degree required in any of the following areas: Entomology, Environmental Resource Management, Biology or a closely related field
2. Currently possess or be able to acquire a PA Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator’s License

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Physical ability to walk and work in heavily wooded areas and in wet areas.
2. Valid driver’s license
3. Ability to operate a motor vehicle and read road maps to travel to project and collection sites.
4. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
5. Ability to identify larval, pupal and adult mosquitoes
6. Ability to transport and set up equipment in isolated areas
7. Ability to read and understand label directions for the application on insect eradication agents
8. Ability to follow all requirements of contractual obligations between the District and any assigned state agency
9. Good attendance and punctuality in meeting assigned program tasks

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: There is a possibility that this position may turn into full time and would involve working with other District programs. More than half of the work for this position is expected to be carried out in the field. This position description serves as a guideline for communication of the essential functions and other information about the position to the applicant/employee. It is not intended to create a binding employment contract nor cover every detail of the position and may be changed by the District Manager of Berks County Conservation District Board of Directors.

CONTACT

Berks Conservation District

Agricultural Center

1238 County Welfare Road

Suite 200

Leesport, PA 19533-0520

JOSEPH.CREA@PA.NACDNET.NET

Pennsylvania NPDES Permit in PA Bulletin

The new PA DEP NPDES permit covering aquatic pesticide applications will be published for comment in the December 25 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  Between 12/25 and 1/1, you can view the 12/25 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin online at http://www.pabulletin.com/

Agencies that will be impacted by this new permit are encouraged to review the proposed permit and provide public comment.