Under the direction of the Scientific Program Manager, the Laboratory Technician I assists with field surveys for vectors and vector-borne diseases, identifies mosquitoes and other organisms to species and submits them for testing, assists with care/maintenance of sentinel chicken flocks, records data and performs routine data entry, assists with laboratory assays and field research projects, keeps laboratory and lab equipment clean and organized, assists with repair and maintenance of field surveillance equipment, and performs other work as needed by the District.
This position is responsible for daily assistance with the District’s vector surveillance and laboratory programs and for collecting, analyzing, recording and entering surveillance data. The Laboratory Technician I assists with studies and research performed by the laboratory.
Aids in the trapping, collection, identification and processing of mosquitoes and other vectors including ticks and rodents, in accordance with established protocols for disease surveillance monitoring
Inspects, services, and prepares supplies and laboratory equipment
Performs identification of mosquitoes to the genus and species levels using published identification keys
Accurately records data using standard forms and specialized desktop or mobile software
Assists with mosquito colony maintenance
Collects and processes bird carcasses for disease surveillance
Is responsible for the maintenance and well-being of sentinel chicken flocks and collection and processing of blood samples
Assists with field surveys and applied research projects
Performs related work as required
Knowledge of the following is required to perform the essential function:
Basic knowledge of mosquito biology, surveillance equipment and laboratory techniques
Good laboratory practices
District, State and Federal rules, regulations, policies and procedures as they apply to program responsibilities
Basic knowledge of computers and mobile devices for data collection and processing
Ability to do the following is required to perform the essential function:
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service
Gather, research, compile, tabulate, and analyze data accurately and efficiently
Interpret rules and regulations
Read and understand Safety Data Sheets and pesticide label information
Work independently and responsibly in a safe environment
Safely operate a motor vehicle, on or off-road
Safely handle and work with chemicals and potentially infectious biological materials
Communicate effectively with staff and the public, verbally and in writing, in a professional and cooperative manner
Understand and implement oral and written directions
Perform related duties as assigned
QUALIFYING TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed). Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination will be required. A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:
EDUCATION: Possession of a Bachelors degree from an accredited university or college in Biological Sciences or a related field.
EXPERIENCE: No professional experience required.
REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS
Must have a valid California driver’s license, with a good driving record and be insurable with the District’s Insurance Carrier, using the accepted guidelines of the insurance provider. Must obtain and maintain Vector Control Technician certifications issued by California Department of Public Health Public Health in Category A, B, C and D within two years of employment.
About Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District
The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is dedicated to the health and welfare of the county's more than 1 million residents covering 736 square miles. In fact, we've been protecting public health since 1927 when residents formed the District. Funded through tax dollars, the District offers free services for mosquitoes, rats and mice, ground-nesting yellowjackets, ticks, and skunks. Our trained and certified employees work daily to reduce the risk of diseases spread by insects and animals by controlling them in a responsible, environmentally-conscious manner. It's all part of our Integrated Vector Management program where we use the most efficient and effective state-of-the-art protocols and products. All products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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