BIOLOGIST II – Entomology Option




Salary: $39,290.40 – $62,529.60

Announcement Date: December 20, 2017 JOB INFORMATION 

The Biologist II – Entomology Option is a permanent, full-time position with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Positions are located in Montgomery. This is management and scientific research work in monitoring and controlling vector borne infectious diseases as the State Vector Control Coordinator. Employees in this class are responsible for conducting field or laboratory projects and supervising the Vector Borne Infectious Disease program for the Department of Public Health.


  • • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited* college or university in Animal Science, Entomology, Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Field Biology, or a closely related field.
  • • Two years of experience in the general area of medical entomology performing such duties as conducting a program of vector control or conducting ecological research related to vector management and abatement.


  • • Master’s degree from an accredited* college or university in Entomology.


  • • Commercial Pesticide Applicator Permit, as issued by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, must be attained during the probationary period in order to obtain permanent employment.


  • The Alabama Department of Public Health will verify possession of the degree prior to employment. 


  • Open-Competitive to all applicants.
  • • An Evaluation of Training and Experience as shown on the application will comprise 100% of the final score for the open-competitive register.


• Complete an Application for Examination Form available at, the above address, or any Alabama Career Center Office.

• Apply on-line, by mail, or by fax. Applications will be accepted until further notice. The State Personnel Department is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to mail service or faxing malfunctions.

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Lecturer Position available at Cornell University Department of Entomology

The Cornell Department of Entomology is seeking a full-time Lecturer to start on June 1, 2018. The Lecturer will join Cornell’s mosquito biology program team and the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD) to deliver a Master of Science in Entomology purpose of this effort is to educate the next generation of vector biologists and public health practitioners.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Successful candidate will be expected to develop, plan and offer courses in vector biology and public health.  She/he will organize practicum experiences for students and be involved in recruiting and adapting the program to meet the needs of the students.  In addition, the Lecturer will collaborate with NEVBD members to develop assessment tools for the MS program.

QUALIFICATIONS: MS, MPH or PhD in Entomology, Public Health, Ecology or related field, supported by experience with vector control and/or public health.  Prior experience with arthropod taxonomy and control is essential.  Prior teaching experience is highly desired. Outstanding written and oral communication skills also are important. The Lecturer should have sound planning, organization, problem solving and coordination skills, and the ability to work as a team member and under pressure.

This is a full time position through 31 May 2019, with renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds. Interested candidates should apply here:


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Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Located in rural Waldo County, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is seeking an Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist. MOFGA, a leader in the organic agriculture movement, is looking for a dynamic individual interested in working with Maine’s growing organic farming segment. The individual will work with other Agricultural Services Staff to provide support for all aspects of organic crop production, and assistance to farm operations across the state with organic certification.
MOFGA was the first organization in the country to provide technical assistance specific to organic farming and gardening. The Agricultural Services staff provides farming, gardening and marketing assistance to growers in Maine and beyond. The staff assists seasoned organic growers, helps new organic farmers get started, and educates conventional farmers concerning the benefits of organic methods.
The Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist is expected to provide Maine organic farmers and gardeners with knowledge needed to be successful in organic crop production, through direct contact and written materials. As a member of the MOFGA staff he/she will encourage the use of organic practices among Maine’s farming community, particularly through interaction with related farming associations, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
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2018 Organic Transitions (ORG) Request for Application (RFA)

The 2018 Organic Transitions (ORG) Request for Application (RFA) has been released with the deadline of March 29, 2018.  The announcement is available at:

The Funding Opportunity can be accessed at:

You may also want to visit NIFA’s organic program web page where you can find answers to most of your questions including the list of previously funded projects.

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Frederick Baxendale retirement reception

Dr. Frederick Baxendale is retiring from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after 33 years of service in the Entomology Department as an Extension Specialist and Professor. A retirement reception will be held January 26, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the UNL East Campus Union. A book of letters will be presented to Dr. Baxendale. Please send your unfolded letters to Marilyn Weidner, Entomology Department, 103 Entomology Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE 68583-0816, or email to

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New manager position available with an independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Primary responsibilities will be providing leadership for and oversight of the organization’s community IPM programs, actively engaging the broader IPM community and building and maintaining strong relationships with both federal and private funders.  The ideal candidate will possess experience in the field of IPM with an understanding of issues related to structural and landscape IPM. 

Primary duties:

1.     Community IPM Program Development and Administration

a.     Lead development and marketing for the Institute’s community IPM programs working with scientists, educators, professional organization leaders, schools, healthcare and other facilities, pest management professionals, and other professionals in the field.

b.     Establish and implement structured and sustainable fundraising strategies to grow our resources and capacity to achieve our mission and objectives.

c.     Participate in strategic planning to ensure that our organization achieves its mission, and makes consistent and timely progress toward its goals.

d.     Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Director and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.

e.     Continuously improve a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in structural and landscape pest prevention.

f.      Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with groups and organizations that share the Institute’s mission as well as identifying new opportunities for collaboration.

g.     Manage community IPM projects, including tracking objectives, developing timelines, budgets and progress, reporting to funders and collaborators, coordinating regular conference calls, drafting publications and other written materials and developing outreach campaigns.

h.     Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

2.     Lead project team and collaborators to establish Stop School Pests as the leading training program for pest prevention in K-12 schools.


3.     Manage facilitation of the National School IPM Working Group and North Central School IPM Working Group to successfully achieve missions and priorities.


4.     Manage facilitation of the Public Tick IPM Working group to achieve its mission and priorities.

5.     Lead project team and collaborators to refine and grow Green Shield Certified and IPM STAR over time to improve pest prevention in facilities and landscapes.


Ongoing responsibilities:

o   Prioritize and focus our activities to set and achieve reasonable objectives including meeting commitments for outputs and outcomes within existing resources including staff time and budget.

o   Work with bookkeeping and accounting staff to track budgets, document expenses and update projections on monthly basis.

o   Work with Office Manager and Project Director to successfully recruit and hire project team members as needed.

o   Respond to inquiries professionally and in a timely manner.

o   Support project team in execution of project objectives and direction.

o   Follow writing style guide and office manual procedures. Notify Office Manager of opportunities to update and refine office manual procedures.

o   Maintain productive relationships with staff, collaborators, clients and funders.

o   Meet requirements for confidentiality and non-disclosure.

o   Maintain a neat and clean workspace.

o   Provide courteous and professional telephone reception as needed.

o   Respond to requests from president, office manager and staff to support Institute projects as needed.

o   Participate in self-performance reviews including updating position description, setting short and long-term project and professional development objectives, identifying strengths and opportunities, and evaluating performance against objectives.





• Master’s Degree in biological sciences related field with management-level experience or above. (Will consider life experience in lieu of formal education.)
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, advocacy and decision-making skills
• Highly motivated and self-directed
• Ability to envision change and work creatively to enhance the mission of the organization

• IPM Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

• Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position to the address below.  Position will remain posted until filled.
• Submit resumes via
• We will not contact references without prior approval. All applications will







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The Request for Applications is now available for public viewing. Deadline for submissions is February 8 at 5 pm Eastern time. The applicant webinar for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program was held on Tuesday December 19, 2017.

The link for the webinar is below:

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: Page: This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

Please discard any old RFAs and go strictly by the FY2018 RFA in preparing your proposal for submission. For additional information or questions regarding the BFRDP RFA, please contact any of us at:

Desiree Rucker Ross

Wesley Dean

Denis Ebodaghe

November 27, 2017

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)

Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can generally be traced back to the advent of the 1862 and 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts. But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410) appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are as follows: the rising average age of U.S. farmers; the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018; and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

Who is eligible to apply:

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed

More Information on Eligibility:

The recipient must be a collaborative, state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate partner. Others may be eligible to apply. Please refer to Part III of the current BFRDP Request for Applications for complete eligibility requirements.

**Request for Applications

Apply for Grant

Posted Date: Friday, November 24, 2017

Closing Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-BFR-006411

Estimated Total Program Funding: $17,700,000



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EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments for Glyphosate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States.

The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.  The Agency’s assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.  The Agency’s scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey.

EPA’s human health review evaluated dietary, residential/non-occupational, aggregate, and occupational exposures. Additionally, the Agency performed an in-depth review of the glyphosate cancer database, including data from epidemiological, animal carcinogenicity, and genotoxicity studies.

The ecological risk assessment indicates that there is potential for effects on birds, mammals, and terrestrial and aquatic plants. EPA used the most current risk assessment methods, including an evaluation of the potential effects of glyphosate exposure on animals and plants. Full details on these potential effects as well as the EPA’s methods for estimating them, can be found within the ecological risk assessment.

To read the draft risk assessments and supporting documents, go to The draft risk assessments and supporting documents will be available in glyphosate’s registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361 on in early 2018. EPA will open a 60-day public comment period for the draft risk assessments, evaluate the comments received, and consider any potential risk management options for this herbicide.

EPA is scheduled to publish the proposed interim registration review decision for glyphosate in 2019. The proposed interim registration review decision will outline any proposed mitigation measures to reduce risk, if any are needed.

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Entomology Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position

Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
Vector-borne and zoonotic disease ecology

A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to research studying multiple aspects of mosquito-borne virus transmission on projects funded by multiple federal sponsors, including the CDC-sponsored Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (WGCVBD). The candidate will join a research team studying socio-ecological factors of mosquito-borne virus transmission, the biology of mosquito vectors, evaluating different forms of vector control intervention, and conducting enhanced arboviral biosurveillance. The field sites are focused in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border with headquarters at the AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco, TX ( Projects will integrate field, laboratory, and quantitative techniques to understand and manage vector-borne diseases.

Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, or related fields.  Desirable skills and experience includes one or more of the following: field vector sampling, mosquito identification, molecular diagnostics, social science, geographic information systems, spatial analyses, statistics, and mathematical modeling. Strong quantitative skills are required. Candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to contribute to proposal writing. Candidates will need to work independently and as effective members of multidisciplinary collaborative teams. The candidate is expected to assist in the selection and supervision of a field research team.  The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with the investigators and partners of the WGCVBD (, TAMU Vector Biology Research Group ( and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible, between Spring and Fall, 2018. The position is available for 2 years with the possibility of renewal depending on performance and available funds. A competitive salary, starting at $47,500, will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to:

Gabriel L. Hamer
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
TAMU 2475
College Station, TX  77843-2475

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Horticultural Crops Research Farm Manager

The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC), Wooster, Ohio is accepting applications for a full time Horticultural Crops Research Farm Manager. This position manages field operations to implement, maintain and meet objectives for specialty crops research. Production systems include orchards, vineyards, small fruits, hop yards, vegetables, and high-tunnel systems. The manager will collaborate with faculty, staff & students to implement research; supervise, hire, train & evaluate staff & students. The manager will also monitor budgets and time/effort records; scout ongoing research projects for conditions that may impact research results; plan field days and outreach events; market crops.

For a complete position description, qualifications and application instructions, please visit Successful completion of a background check is required. Application deadline: 1/14/18 or until filled

“The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.”

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