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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

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Frequent in-state travel required. Adverse environmental conditions may be a component of daily activities and may include work outside in various weather conditions including the use of personal protective equipment and the transportation and handling o

Typical Functions:

Develops capabilities for surveillance, investigation and control of vector-borne arthropods of public health importance, including mosquitoes and ticks, and recommends procedures to ensure minimal environmental impact from pest control operations. Develops mosquito and tick surveillance and control systems by providing technical assistance, training, and oversight to local public health units, working with epidemiologists and environmental health specialists to refine programs for surveillance and control of vector-borne pathogens, including mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases. Conducts in-service training programs on mosquito and tick surveillance and control for local public health staff, working with federal, state, and public health agencies to obtain and disseminate accurate information about the epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases, adapting and developing educational materials and presentations for the public about and how to prevent vector-borne diseases, and responding to public inquiries about vector-borne diseases. Remains current on all vector-borne diseases, including emerging infectious diseases. Provides support and information for all insect and other arthropod-related nuisance issues. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of entomology, epidemiological principles, surveillance and investigation. Knowledge of population biology of vector-borne infections and geographical distribution of vectors. Knowledge of public health principles and laws. Knowledge of methods and techniques of scientific testing, data collection, and analysis. Ability to conduct scientific vector surveys/studies, analyze and evaluate collected data, and prepare written narrative reports of findings. Ability to direct, coordinate, and maintain work unit objectives and operational activities. Ability to make public presentations. Ability to communicate in oral and written forms.

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 of 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.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license.


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