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Vector-Borne Disease Seasonal Field Positions (Students), Middlesex-London Health Unit

London, Ontario
Deadline February 7, 2016

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is seeking motivated, self-directed individuals to work on the Vector-Borne Disease (VBD) Team within the Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases Division, focusing on West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease prevention and control strategies.  

Candidates must be enrolled in an Entomology, Biology, or Environmental/Health Sciences program from a recognized University or College. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience working in a laboratory setting or in the field will be considered an asset. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and possess strong communication, written, and organizational skills. Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs are required. Successful candidates must possess a valid Class “G” driver’s licence and have regular access to a vehicle for work-related purposes. The ability to speak French and other languages would be considered an asset. A current and valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
 
Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Vector-Borne Disease Coordinator with the mosquito surveillance and control program in Middlesex-London
  • Mapping of potential mosquito breeding sites throughout Middlesex County
  • Setting mosquito traps and monitoring adult mosquito populations at various locations
  • Mosquito larvae sampling at specified sites and assisting with the collection of dead birds for lab analysis
  • Assisting with the identification of larval and adult mosquito species
  • Assisting with the surveillance and identification of ticks
  • Possibility of obtaining a mosquito / biting fly licence and actually assisting in the larvaciding of mosquito breeding sites in smaller surface water areas, enhancing the control program already in place
  • Analyzing, entering, and interpreting data
  • Preparing progress reports and assisting with the writing and editing of the annual VBD report
  • Assisting with the development of public education materials to reduce sources of mosquito breeding sites and dissemination of information related to the use of personal mosquito and tick protection
  • Liaising with other community partners in VBD prevention strategies

Varying lengths of employment will run between 18 and 22 weeks commencing on May 9, 2016 and ending September 5, 2016. The hourly rate will be $19.67 per hour (plus 4% vacation pay) for a 35-hour workweek.

Further information about the programs and services offered by the Middlesex-London Health Unit is available at www.healthunit.com.   

To apply to this position, please submit all applications electronically via our Career Opportunities page at http://www.healthunit.com by February 7, 2016 quoting posting number # VBDOPP-0116-06.

We thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Information concerning applicants is collected under the authority of the Health Protection & Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H-7, as amended, and will be used to consider suitability for employment.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Accommodations are available, upon request, to support potential applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  Should you require accommodation, please contact our Human Resources Department at 519-663-5317, extension 2512 or at [email protected].