Arkansas Department of Health seeks entomologist

Closing Date 02/15/2017 

Minimum Qualifications
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in entomology, biology, or a related field; plus four years of experience in entomology, vector control, epidemiology, or a related field OR the formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in entomology, biology, or a related field; plus two years’ experience in entomology, vector control, epidemiology, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.
OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Job Summary
The Entomologist is responsible for administering a statewide program of vector-borne disease prevention and control. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

Provides Technical Expertise and Technical Assistance: 40%
Develops capabilities for surveillance, investigation and control of arthropods. Develops and maintains data files and databases for ongoing projects.
Develops recommendations to streamline operation, improve data quality, incorporate changes. Assists with development of program work plans.
Provides data and surveillance/evaluation information to support grant applications.

Develops and conducts vector surveillance and control activities: 35% Develops mosquito and tick surveillance and control systems.
Works with internal and external partners on the surveillance and control of vector-borne pathogens. Recommends procedures to ensure minimal environmental impact from pest control operations.

Conducts Training and Evaluation of Programs: 15%
Communicates effectively, orally and in writing (including Risk Communication).
Prepares and delivers public presentations on findings of entomological studies and evaluations. Responds to requests from the public, other agencies, etc.
Ensures that sound surveillance and investigation findings are distributed to the public and partners. Develops training plans and delivers training for entomology education.

Participates in Career Development : 10%
Remains current on all vector-borne diseases, including emerging infectious diseases. Attends and participates in departmental and unit meetings.
Attends internal and external education programs and professional meetings. Reads and evaluates professional literature.
Provides support and information for all insect and other arthropod-related nuisance issues. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities & Skills (KAS):
Knowledge of entomology, epidemiological principles, surveillance and investigation.
Ability to conduct scientific vector surveys/studies, analyze and evaluate collected data, and prepare written narrative reports of findings.
Ability to communicate in oral and written forms and make public presentations.
Knowledge of population biology of vector-borne infections and geographical distribution of vectors. Ability to direct, coordinate, and maintain work unit objectives and operational activities.

Special Requirement (Preferred Skills/License/Experience/Travel, Shift Work, etc.)
Experience in insect trapping and specimen collection of vectors of disease.
Frequent in-state and occasional out of state travel, potentially including overnight travel.
Position will require some work time outside of normal working hours, including after hours on-call rotation. Position may be required to obtain public health pesticide applicators license from the State Plant Board.
Position requires the use of personal protective equipment and the transportation and handling of field equipment. Position will include potential for work in extreme temperatures.
Position will have frequent exposures to vectors.

GRADE ENTRY BASE MIDPOINT MAXIMUM CAREER
C123 $43,217 $45,877 $57,806 $69,734 $75,312 Yearly

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