VECTOR CONTROL SPECIALIST 1
Application Deadline: Friday, August 8, 2014
Hourly Rate: $27.08 - $33.63 on an hourly basis (salary commensurate with experience)
Time-base: Full-Time; Regular
Location: Varies; Santa Fe Springs or Sylmar Branch
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) is a non-enterprise, independent, special district, enabled and empowered to act as a public health agency as a result of legislation incorporated in the California State Health and Safety Code. GLACVCD is one of five mosquito and vector control districts in Los Angeles County. The District serves approximately 6 million residents in a 1,330 square mile area, making GLACVCD the largest vector control district in Los Angeles County.
Under the general direction of the Director of Operations and assigned supervision of the Operational Supervisor, the Vector Control Specialist (VCS) performs inspections (surveillance) and control operations relative to vector control operations in an assigned area or areas of responsibility, may perform tasks of a specialized function or need and do related work as required within the auspices of a mosquito and vector control agency. Other duties as assigned.
This assignment will vary from either the Santa Fe Springs or Sylmar branch. This assignment does not serve a probation period and will not gain permanency. This assignment is considered “at-will.” This position does qualify to receive District health benefits, vacation time, sickt time or holiday pay.
The VCS exercises considerable judgment in organizing and executing the details involved in daily vector control assignments; may be given varying degrees of responsibility for providing advice and assistance to property owners in the abatement of mosquito sources and other vectors on their property. The VCS is a Certified Mosquito Control Technician1/ responsible for scheduling inspections and operations to effectively cover his/her assigned area(s) of responsibility, exercising judgment in evaluating mosquito-producing or vector causing conditions, selecting and using appropriate vector control measures, collecting and recording work-related data, preparing work schedules for seasonal support staff, and working cooperatively with other staff in aspects of executing his/her daily work assignments. The incumbent works relatively independent and is accountable for vehicle safety, chemical mixture, equipment calibration, and parts inventory. Incumbent must keep a neat and professional appearance during work hours.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Surveys assigned field area(s) of responsibility to elucidate mosquito breeding habitats (sources) and other vector habitats; Inspects sources suspected of producing mosquitoes/vectors; Samples and collects mosquito and vector specimens from sources; identifies mosquitoes/vectors and records sampling and data collection; Completes service request reports associated with premises inspection activity; Communicates with homeowners and residents, describing and explaining work activities and advising on means of preventing mosquitoes and other vectors; Operates various types of vehicles, pesticide application, and mechanical equipment; Collects and records data associated with daily field and shop activities; Prepares and revises
operational maps; Assists in field training and scheduling work of seasonal support staff; maintains certification by attending technical and job-related training sessions, seminars, and continuing education classes; works occasionally at specialized tasks or functions: i.e., assisting technical staff in data collection and pesticide efficacy in encephalitis virus surveillance; performs mathematical calculations and simple data entry; records daily work-related activities on paper or a Microsoft Windows-based PC system; and performs other tasks or functions not stated in this description, but within the scope of experience and capability.
Education: Graduation from high school or its equivalent.
Experience: Within one (1) year of employment, must obtain Mosquito Control, Terrestrial Invertebrate Vector Control, and Vertebrate Vector Control Technician certificate. Certification must be maintained throughout employment in this class.
SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Medium Work – Incumbent in this class perform work which involves frequent lifting, pushing and/or pulling of objects of approximately 50 pounds. Assisting in lifting heavier objects is an infrequent aspect of this class. Heavier lifting is an infrequent aspect of this class.
Mobility – Incumbent must have complete and normal mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects; be able to stand, stoop, reach and bend and to walk on uneven terrain, such as field, dirt banks, natural and improved stream, river or drainage beds, and shallow ponds. Incumbent(s) must be able to perform the essential functions the position with or without accommodation.
Other Conditions – Incumbent(s) is required to handle hazardous substances and a variety of organisms; work, when necessary, in inclement weather. Incumbent(s) may be exposed and handle toxic and hazardous substances be available on call for evening and weekend emergencies, as assigned; travel within and out of the county; work, when necessary in inclement weather without effective protection from sun, cold, and rain; work in high risk neighborhoods with potential exposure to uncooperative persons and dog (animal) bites.
Possession of a current valid driver’s is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver’s license and reflects driving records during course of employment with GLACVCD. Must be insurable with the District's insurance carrier. A CURRENT (within 60 days) H-6 PRINTOUT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment is contingent upon candidate successful passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Due to the nature of this position, the successful candidate is required to complete a background check via Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) consumer report prior to assuming this assignment, including Live Scan (fingerprinting). The cost of the Live Scan will be the responsibitlity of the selected candidate. The GLACVCD is committeed to maintain a drug and alcohol free workplace. GLACVCD utililies E-Verify.
EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT:
Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will result in rejection from further consideration. The interview selection will include a written and practical exam. GLACVCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No applications will be accepted via fax or postal mail; only electronic submission will be considered further.
Application deadline will be accepted no later than Friday, August 8, 2014.