Please note: To be considered for any District employment opportunity,
you MUST complete and then submit a job application via email, regular mail, fax, or deliver the application in person to our office:
Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District
155 Mason Circle
Concord, California 94520
Phone: (925) 685-9301
Fax: (925) 685-0266
Along with your job application, you may also send us your resume, which we will keep on file for a period of two years. The employment application will also be kept on file for a period of two years. Should any openings occur during that time, your application will be automatically considered.
Vector Control Technician
Job Title: Operations Manager
Salary Range Monthly: $7,956 - $10,662
FLSA Employment Status: Exempt
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Under the direction of the General Manager, provides leadership to, plans, organizes, and directs operational programs and facilities. Supervises and coordinates the activities of the Operations Department, demonstrates a full understanding and ensures compliance with federal and state laws, county and city ordinances, District’s policies and procedures, as well as represented employees' Memorandum of Understanding. Coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and vendors, supervises and coordinates the maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, and equipment.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Must have the knowledge, experience, education, and demonstrated ability in supervision, communication, planning and organization.
Operations: Plans, organizes, and directs the District’s control programs with the assistance of the Program Supervisors and makes recommendations to the General Manager on program direction, strategies, staffing, and equipment. Evaluates and monitors weather, vector activity, virus activity, and personnel workloads and assigns personnel as needed. Plans, organizes, directs, monitors, and evaluates vector control activities. Evaluates equipment, vehicles, and pesticides, makes operational purchases, and oversees the purchases of the Program Supervisors. Supervises and solves problematic situations arising from field related operations and complaints. Coordinates joint projects with other agencies and property owners. Manages and coordinates maintenance of pesticide dispersal equipment. Conducts studies and provides assistance in the development of operational methods and techniques.
Grounds and Facilities: Under the general direction of the General Manager, develops policies and procedures for the use of facilities and equipment, receives and reviews bids from facilities and equipment contractors, provides recommendation to the General Manager on contractor bid selection, coordinates work to be completed by contractors and skilled trades, coordinates safety inspections of District facilities and equipment, including but not limited to shop, office building, and grounds, directs the installation of hazard barricades or other devices as necessary, and coordinates preventive maintenance and emergency repairs of breakdowns. In addition, the Operations Manager is responsible for fire equipment and the enforcement of safety rules on any work grounds, facilitates disposal of District property, coordinates and supervises work performed on building systems, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and waste management disposal, responds to emergency situations after regular working hours, and performs related work as required.
Personnel: Is familiar with the principles and methods of personnel supervision in regards to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, Memorandum of Understanding, as well as the District’s Employee Handbook and Policies and Procedures. Assists in the hiring and discharging of temporary employees, assists in the hiring process of regular, full-time personnel. Directly supervises the Program Supervisor, Vector Control Planner, and Mechanic/Technician positions, gives verbal and written warnings, and makes recommendations concerning further disciplinary action. Plans and conducts training of field employees with regards to operational procedures, safety, equipment and vehicle usage, pesticide use and safety, equipment calibration, and best practices in integrated vector management. Trains employees on policies and procedures and on the proper use and care of shop and spray equipment. Schedules, assigns, and establishes work standards for field employees. Assists the Program Supervisors in evaluating field employee work performance. Investigates field related accidents and incidents and complete required reports. Conducts employee meetings and various other meetings as necessary. Performs other administrative and/or field related supervisory or higher-level essential tasks as necessary to maintain facilities and operations.
Enforcement: Works with other governmental agencies and the private sector to coordinate and facilitate the goals of the District. Supervises and coordinates the issuance and posting of notices on properties, inspection warrants, and administrative citations as needed, and under the guidance of the General Manager makes determinations regarding the District’s abatement process. Attends any hearings involving District abatements. Coordinates enforcement with other governmental agencies.
Administrative and Reporting: Reviews pesticide usage for accuracy, makes corrections, and submits pesticide usage queries to the front office. Identifies and corrects data base errors, updates District records, and maintains facilities and operational records and files. Maintains training records for District employees, and updates training materials. Communicates verbally and/or in writing with residents, property owners, businesses, and government agencies. Provides verbal and/or written input on environmental issues, wetland restoration projects and wetland best management practices, storm water best management practices, and agriculture water management. Submits field related reports to the General Manager. Coordinates annual inspections with the County Agriculture Department and with the California Department of Public Health. Updates and rewrites existing policies and procedures when necessary. Assists with budget projections for facilities and operations. Reviews pesticide orders and inventory. Compiles and provides written information for the District’s Annual Report. Coordinates with aircraft contractors to provide surveillance and control of vectors for the District. Establishes contracts with property owners and government agencies for reimbursement of the District for services rendered. Maintains all safety and maintenance records in compliance with general construction safety orders, CAL OSHA standards, and other regulatory bodies as needed. Develops and implements the emergency preparedness plan for facilities and equipment, and provides input and assistance on the emergency preparedness plan for District personnel. Attends personnel and operational training sessions, classes, workshops, and seminars as needed to maintain or increase the level of expertise in all areas of the Operations Manager position. Remains up to date on regulations, codes or other applicable policies and procedures.
Presentations: Gives presentations to the District Board on field operations as needed. Gives presentations and represents the District at various city, county, regional, state, and national meetings and conferences. Provides interviews and photo opportunities to the media, as required.
General: Has the ability to compose and proof-read correspondence, uses problem solving techniques, and has very good verbal and written skills, demonstrates effective decision making skills. Works with and coordinates with other departments to assist in fulfilling the District’s mission. Oversees vector collections, efficacy studies, source reduction, wetland restoration, and public education efforts when it involves field employees. Performs other related, supervisory or higher level work as required to maintain operations and facilities in the absence of the General Manager.
Knowledge of the following is required to perform the essential function: District services, vector biology and habitat, vector control techniques, application of pesticides, occupational hazards and safety practices, best practices in integrated pest management, biological and chemical control; Use of vector control equipment, 4x4 trucks, specialty vehicles, and boats; Principles and methods of personnel supervision and training; Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, code enforcement, private property rights, and environmental laws and regulations. Wetland and storm water best management practices, creeks and watersheds, agriculture water management, and agricultural practices.
Ability to do the following is required to perform the essential function: Represent the District and work effectively and cooperatively with management, subordinates, other governmental agencies, businesses, and the public; Evaluate situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; Communicate effectively, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Troubleshoot and analyze data, identify alternative solutions, and implement recommendations in support of District’s goals.
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, background check, and drug screen. Combinations of education, training, and experience may be considered qualifying at the sole discretion of the District.
A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:
EDUCATION: Equivalent to graduating from High School, Bachelor’s :degree from an accredited college or university or graduate degree strongly preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Progressively responsible experience in a supervising or management capacity. Experience within the vector control or related discipline. Experience that demonstrates the knowledge and skills needed to successfully perform the tasks above.
REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS: Must have a valid California driver's license and maintain a good driving record as required to be insured with the District’s self-insurance program using the accepted guidelines of the insurance provider. Must maintain valid license and insurability throughout employment. Must possess or obtain and maintain a valid California Department of Public Health Certification in Mosquito control categories A, B, C, and D within two years of employment.
Employment Conditions: Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime: Exempt
Appointment and Removal Authority: General Manager
Conditions of employment for all CCMVCD positions include successfully passing a Department of Justice LiveScan fingerprint check and completion of the Federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, as well as a pre-employment physical.
Per Chapter 8, Division 4 of Title 1 of the California State Government Code, public employees are declared to be "Disaster Service Workers." As such, District employees may be called upon to support the activities of the District during an emergency situation.
Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during any phase of the examination process are instructed to contact the Administrative Services Manager at (925) 771-6110. A complete Employment Application must be submitted to be considered for these positions.
Job Title: Vector Control Technician I
Salary Range (Monthly): $5,955 - $6,566
Department: Operations FLSA Employment Status: Non-exempt
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Under the supervision of a Program Supervisor, performs inspections and control operations for mosquitoes and other vectors, provides assistance and support to Vector Control personnel, provides oversight of Vector Control Aides (VCAs), and does related work and supportive services as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS The Vector Control Technician I is responsible for tasks associated with Integrated Pest Management within the county related to mosquito and vector control. Responsibilities include the application of comprehensive vector control measures with major emphasis on activities designed to inspect for and/or progressively reduce the vector population within an assigned area, or to assist the public with related vector problems. The Vector Control Technician I needs to be, with training, proficient and capable in accomplishing duties in a District vector program.
PRIMARY DUTIES Mosquito Program Operations: Conducts surveys of the assigned zone for mosquito breeding sources, such as ponds, creeks, catch basins, marshes, tree holes and irrigated pastures. Maintains records of flooding patterns and practices and other factors conducive to mosquito breeding and of significance to timing of control operations. Inspects sources for mosquito breeding and collects samples for identification of species, stage of larval development and notes other environmental factors such as drainage patterns, water related plants and biological control agents. Sprays areas for temporary control when there is no other practical means of preventing mosquitoes from developing into the adult stage. Re-inspects sprayed areas to evaluate effective kill; keeps records of work done; advises the public regarding mosquito problems and the need for mosquito control, and source reduction. Responds to service requests in an effort to eliminate or suppress mosquito-breeding sources. Places and retrieves mosquito traps in an effort to determine mosquito populations in designated areas. Tows ATVs or boats on trailers with trucks. The VCT I is responsible for scheduling assigned VCAs to assist with operations, in a productive and efficient manner.
Rat and Mice Program Operations: Responds to service requests for rodent prevention and control advice. Performs premises inspections, gives advice, and leaves literature. Conducts baiting and trapping operations as needed. Records data and keeps accurate and legible records of field activities. Is responsible for and coordinates the operations in the assigned zone. The VCT I is responsible for scheduling assigned VCAs to assist with operations, in a productive and efficient manner.
Rabies Risk Reduction Program Operations: Performs skunk abatement by inspecting properties, giving advice about rabies, skunks, racoons, opossums, and other urban wildlife problems associated with vectors, delivering traps, servicing traps, and, picking up and disposing of animals. Records data as directed and keeps accurate, legible records. The VCT I is responsible for scheduling assigned VCAs to assist with operations, in a productive and efficient manner.
Yellowjacket and Africanized Honey Bee Program Operations: Responds to yellowjacket and AHB service requests. Uses ladder to access and treat swarms or hives, utilizes specialized spray equipment and protective apparel. Follows District procedures for locating and treating nests. Records data as directed.
General Operations: Prepares and revises operational maps of zones and areas in the District, including properties, ponds, topographic characteristics, and other features relevant to mosquito and vector control operations. Records significant changes on maps and compiles data as directed on work done, types of service, and vector population history, and otherwise assists in collecting and compiling data. Utilizes service requests to evaluate inspection schedule. May be assigned on an as-needed basis to assist in mechanical maintenance, repairs and fabrications; may be assigned to assist in maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds. Maintains skunk traps, rat and mouse traps, rat bait stations, and other equipment used in vector control. Keeps supervisors informed of progress and problems, and requests assistance as required. Operates cell phones and handheld radios to maintain contact with other employees. Utilizes effective communication skills to inform and relate to the public about vector control and District policies and programs. Must present a professional appearance and have good public relation skills. Good problem solving and diagnostic skills are also advantages. Works with and coordinates with other District departments assisting in fulfilling the District’s mission.
Pesticide and Equipment: Calibrates spray equipment and measures, mixes, and applies pesticides in accordance with the label and District guidelines. Safely applies pesticides to effectively treat ground nesting yellowjacket nests, rats and mice, and other vectors as instructed. Drives automotive equipment, ATVs, and operates hand and power spraying equipment; keeps spraying equipment in working order, performs simple maintenance and repairs.
Employee Development: Assists in the training of VCAs, in the field and classroom, and provides guidance, when necessary, over radios/telephones. Attends continuing education to maintain vector control certificates. Reads and studies literature pertaining to vector control, IPM and related topics.
Knowledge of the following is required to perform the essential function:
Basic knowledge of map reading to locate work assignments. Math skills to accurately determine treatment areas and dosage requirements.
Ability to do the following is required to perform the essential function:
Ability to perform physical labor in widely varying environmental conditions, such as, lifting animal traps, bending/kneeling to place bait in storm drains/sewers, carrying two-gallon spray can, removing sewer/storm drain covers, and the ability to traverse various terrain (marshes, steep hills, and creek beds). Ability to read labels and see mosquito larvae in a sampling device.
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: Graduation from high school or equivalent.
EXPERIENCE: Work experience involving manual labor, and the use of machinery performing skilled or semi-skilled operations. Must be able and willing to do heavy physical labor and withstand weather conditions associated with assigned areas.
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 in Categories A, B, C and D within two years of employment.
Employment Conditions: Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime: Non-exempt, receives overtime compensation Appointment and Removal Authority: General Manager. Conditions of employment for all CCMVCD positions include successfully passing a Department of Justice LiveScan fingerprint check and completion of the Federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, as well as a pre-employment physical. Per Chapter 8, Division 4 of Title 1 of the California State Government Code, public employees are declared to be "Disaster Service Workers." As such, District employees may be called upon to support the activities of the District during an emergency situation. Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during any phase of the examination process are instructed to contact the Administrative Services Manager at (925)771-6110. A complete Employment Application must be submitted to be considered for this position.
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