Author: Sarah Austin

Vector Control Field Supervisor, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under general direction of the Manager and the direct supervision of the Assistant Manager, this position is responsible for providing leadership to improve programs, strategies, performance and quality of District control operations. Responsibilities include the direct supervision of subordinate control operations personnel and equipment within an assigned area or geographical region. This open position…

District Manager, San Joaquin County MVCD

Description: Under policy direction, to act as executive officer of the District and advisor to the Board of Trustees; to plan, organize, and direct the operations of the District; to represent the Board of Trustees and the District in its relations in the community, to manage a wide variety of complex managerial and technical vector…

News Briefs 1.20.2021

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian…

Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist, Butte County MVCD

Description: During the warmer months of the year, under the general direction of the District Manager and Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Regional Supervisor, the Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist (MVCS) performs vector surveillance, performs vector control operations, and provides public education within the District’s service area. The MVCS is assigned a geographic…

News Briefs 01.13.2021

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian…

Communications Specialist, Orange County MVCD

Description: Serves as Communications Specialist under the general direction of the Director of Communications; assists other managerial staff as well as the Public Information Officer and the Executive Assistant/Clerk of the Board by relieving them of various administrative and clerical duties; to perform website maintenance, graphic design, provide secretarial assistance and to do other work…

Shop/Facilities Assistant, Marin/Sonoma MVCD

Description: Reporting directly to the Mechanic/Facilities Manager, the successful candidate will play an important role in carrying out maintenance and repair tasks on the District’s vehicle fleet and specialized equipment. In addition to its fleet of approximately fifty vehicles, the District uses watercraft, ultra-low volume foggers, ATV’s, and amphibious vehicles. Working safely is the District’s…

Field Technician I, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the general direction of the Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Field or Fisheries Supervisor, this position performs inspections and control operations or other related or specialized services in an assigned crew within the Control Operations department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Field Technician I is the entry…

Research Assistant, Seasonal Helper, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: The Research Assistant (Seasonal Helper) is a temporary position that works under the direct supervision of the District Biologist and assists in the seasonal research and operations of the District Laboratory to benefit the goals and mission of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of…

Seasonal Helper, Laboratory Assignment, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the direct supervision of the Department Head or Supervisor the Seasonal Helper, Laboratory Assignment assists in the seasonal operations of the Laboratory department to benefit the goals and mission of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.…

Seasonal Helper, Field Assignment, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the direct supervision of the Department Head or Supervisor the Seasonal Helper, Field Assignment assists in the seasonal operations of the assigned department and crew to benefit the goals and mission of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Seasonal Helper is a temporary position. Regularly performed tasks and responsibilities vary by…

Seasonal Helper, Administration Office Assignment, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the direct supervision of the Administrative Manager the Seasonal Helper, Administration Assignment assists in the seasonal operations of the Administration Office to benefit the goals and mission of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Seasonal Helper is a temporary position. Regularly performed tasks and responsibilities vary based on District and department…

Full-Time, Laboratory Technician, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the direction of the Laboratory Director and direct supervision of the Vector Ecologist or Biologist, individual is responsible for performing a variety of laboratory and field services within the vector-borne disease surveillance programs of the Laboratory department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here…

Vector Control Technician, San Diego County DEH

Description: The County of San Diego is currently accepting job applications for Vector Control Technician. Vector Control Technicians perform vector detection, prevention, and control of mosquitoes, rodents, and other vectors within an assigned geographic or program area.   Submission Deadline: 01/25/21 11:59 PM For additional information on this job classification, please click here.

Senior Vector Control Technician, County of San Diego DEH

Description: Senior Vector Control Technicians perform vector detection, prevention, and control of mosquitoes, rodents, and other vectors within an assigned geographic or program area.   Submission Deadline: 01/25/21 11:59 PM For additional information on this job classification, please click here.

News Briefs 01.06.2021

Memorandum on New Laws for 2021; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant…

Here’s what the first year of Zika looks like

From Yahoo News January 7, 2021   The Zika virus came seemingly out of nowhere and broke all the rules. Here’s a look at the plot twists during the first year of the virus – and where it’s going next. Read more

New defense against dengue and emerging mosquito-borne viruses

From EurekAlert January 7, 2021 New treatments to cut the global death rate from dengue, Zika and West Nile viruses could result from research led by The University of Queensland. Associate Professor Daniel Watterson from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences said the team identified an antibody that improved survival rates in laboratory trials…

Vector Ecologist, Merced County Mosquito Abatement District 

Description: This position, under the general direction of the General Manager and direct supervision of the Operational Services Supervisor, is a mid-level position that performs mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance. Examples of work include; deploying and collecting various mosquito traps throughout Merced County, mosquito species identification, data entry, blood sampling from sentinel chickens and general…

Vector Control Technician I/II/III, Ventura County Environmental Health Division

Description:  Under immediate (I) to general supervision (II/III), performs routine vector control field operations including identifying mosquito breeding sources and applying the appropriate management measures, responding to public requests for service, and conducting surveillance.  To qualify for Technician I, applicants should have six months experience in vector control or a related discipline or completion of…

The Antimalarial Compound Atovaquone Inhibits Zika and Dengue Virus Infection by Blocking E Protein-Mediated Membrane Fusion.

From Physicians Weekly December 31, 2020 Flaviviruses bear class II fusion proteins as their envelope (E) proteins. Here, we describe the development of an in vitro quantitative mosquito-cell-based membrane-fusion assay for the E protein using dual split proteins (DSPs). The assay does not involve the use of live viruses and allows the analysis of a…

News Briefs 12.30.2020

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

News Briefs 12.16.20

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

NIH grant funds development of novel biosensor technology for diagnosing viral infections

From the UC Santa Cruz News Center December 16, 2020 For over ten years, Ali Yanik has been working to develop novel biosensor technology to provide rapid, low-cost testing for disease diagnostics and precision medicine. Now, with a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, he and his collaborators are poised to…

New viral detection technique uses smartphone camera to diagnose various infections

From EurekAlert! December 16, 2020 Scientists have developed a novel smartphone-based technique to diagnose viral infections that uses a deep learning algorithm to identify viruses in metal nanoparticle-labeled samples, enabling rapid virus detection without the need for skilled laboratory workers and expensive equipment. The system correctly identified clinically relevant concentrations of Zika, hepatitis B (HBV),…

News Briefs 12.11.20

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; 88th Volume of the MVCAC Proceedings and Papers Available Now; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant…

2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders

Chickens are being supplied by Haley Farms in Modesto for Northern California and Southern California this year. If you do not want to use Haley’s, you are welcome to use a different egg ranch closer to your district and make that purchase on your own behalf. Click here to download the order form Via email…

Persistence of Zika virus in the brain causes long-term problems in mice

From EurekAlert! December 10, 2020 The Zika virus can remain in mouse brain for extended periods, leading to long-term neurological and behavioral consequences, according to a study published December 10 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Daniela Verthelyi of the US Food and Drug Administration, and colleagues. Infections in the perinatal period are associated with lasting…

$2 million NIH grant to develop Zika virus vaccine

From EurekAlert! December 10, 2020 Flaviviruses — a group of viruses transmitted by ticks or mosquitoes — infect an estimated 400 million people annually with diseases like yellow fever, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, and, most recently, Zika virus. Outbreaks of Zika virus, a flavivirus originating in Africa, were once rare and isolated events. But…

News Briefs 12.04.2020

Utility Vaults and Mosquito Production Survey; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 88th Volume of the MVCAC Proceedings and Papers Available Now; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs…

People Previously Infected With Dengue Are Less Likely to Suffer From Zika Complications

From Gilmore Health News December 6, 2020 A study of 3,000 children during an outbreak in Nicaragua showed that those previously infected with dengue were less likely to develop Zika symptoms. Both Zika and Dengue viruses are, transmitted by the same type of mosquitoes and cause similar symptoms. The dengue virus has been present in the Americas…

Evolving malaria mosquitoes getting harder to control

From MedicalXpress December 4, 2020 Anopheles malaria mosquitoes in Africa and Latin America are evolving in response to human activity, studies in both continents have found. Anopheles gambiae, the most significant malaria vector in Africa, is developing increasing resistance to pyrethroid insecticides, a study published in Scientific Reports this month shows. Synthetic pyrethroids are the most commonly…

Operations Program Manager, Delta VCD

Description: The Operations Program Manager (OPM) is a management-level position. Under the Direction of the Assistant Manager, the OPM is in charge of the day-to-day operations side of the District. The incumbent assists in planning and the organization of District programs, including; the planning, direction and supervision of all vector control inspection and control activities.…

Biologist, Delta VCD

Description: Under the general direction of the Manager or his/her designee, the Biologist assists with a variety of routine and standard field, biological, microbiological, chemical and other laboratory procedures to support the District’s vector surveillance and control programs, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention program, and relative research projects; and performs related laboratory and field work…

Vector Control Technician III/Mechanic, Delta VCD

Description: The Vector Control Technician / Mechanic, in representing this District and its control program before the public, have as their primary responsibility the protection of the public health and safety of the community. This is accomplished by first documenting in the prescribed manner, precisely when, where, by whom and under what circumstances conditions conducive…

News Briefs 11.25.2020

Happy Thanksgiving; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Utility Vaults and Mosquito Production Survey; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs –…

Commonly used antibiotic shows promise for combating Zika infections

From the NIH November 23, 2020 In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they…

News Briefs 11.20.2020

Your Support Needed; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Utility Vaults and Mosquito Production Survey; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs…

Fourth case of West Nile confirmed in Kern County this year

From KGET November 19, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Health officials say they have diagnosed a fourth case of West Nile virus in Kern County. California health officials announced the latest data Thursday showing 172 human cases of West Nile across the state. Twenty two counties in the state have reported human cases and seven…

California Horse Confirmed With WNV

From The Horse November 18, 2020 On Nov. 13, officials at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) confirmed a horse in Sacramento County with West Nile virus (WNV). The affected horse, an undervaccinated yearling Thoroughbred colt, began showing clinical signs on Nov. 3. Signs consisted of ataxia (loss of control of bodily movements) and…

News Briefs 11.13.2020

Your Support Needed; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Volume 88 of the MVCAC Proceedings Available Now; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19 ; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets;…

New App Identifies Mosquitoes by Buzzing Sound

From VOA News November 16, 2020 The high-pitched whine of a mosquito is annoying, but scientists have developed an app that uses that sound to detect dangerous mosquitoes. Mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people each year by spreading microbes that cause diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. But researcher Haripriya Vaidehi…

O.C. residents urged to help fight new ankle-biting mosquito

From the Laguna Beach Independent November 12, 2020 Laguna Beach residents are reporting an uptick in ravenous ankle-biting mosquitos following recent rainstorms, the Orange County Vector Control District shared this week. It’s very possible the bites are attributable to a newcomer to Orange County—the Aedes mosquito. Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills residents had issues this…

Wolbachia in mosquitoes from the Central Valley of California, USA

From Bio Med Central November 10th, 2020 Background Wolbachia bacteria are widely distributed throughout terrestrial arthropod species. These bacteria can manipulate reproduction and influence the vector competence of their hosts. Recently, Wolbachia have been integrated into vector control programmes for mosquito management. A number of supergroups and strains exist for Wolbachia, and they have yet to be characterized for…

News Briefs 11.06.2020

Your Support Needed; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Requesting MVCAC Member Support for Members Impacted by CA Wildfires; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19 ; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant…

Combat The Bite In Coronado

From the Coronado Eagle Journal November 9th, 2020 Recently, residents have noticed an increase in the number of mosquitoes in Coronado. There is a new invasive species of mosquito called the Aedes, that is spreading across California. The Aedes breeds in small areas of water and even some plants. The San Diego County Vector Control…

Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

From the Daily Nexus November 8, 2020 These mosquitoes, commonly known as southern house mosquitoes, were discovered in traps for a different invasive species of mosquitoes Aedes aegypti discovered in early October. These traps were set up in a house in Santa Barbara near the intersection of North La Cumbre Road and Foothill Road.  Brian…

Kern County reporting third human case of West Nile

From Bakersfield Now November 6th, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif., (KBAK/KBFX) — According to the State of California’s West Nile site, Kern County has had three confirmed human cases of West Nile so far this year. West Nile virus is a disease that is spread by mosquitoes and most often spreads to people during the summer and early fall…

Technical Sales Support/Product Manager, Clarke

Description: You will provide support and solutions to both customers and our own internal sales team. Reporting to the V.P. of Marketing, you will work with a cross-functional team of coworkers from marketing, sales, and service operations teams. In fact, you will partner with some of the most experienced and talented professionals in mosquito control…