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HARRIS COUNTY Testing & Evaluation Entomologist in Houston, Texas

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Mosquito Control Field Operations Manager, the Test & Evaluation Entomologist functions as the supervisor of the Test & Evaluation (T&E) Section of the division. This position is responsible for laboratory and/or field-related testing of unique problems relating to mosquito and other disease vector species control and Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) Testing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervisory Duties

  • Supervises daily activities of personnel in the section according to Harris County policies and procedures.
  • Sets section priorities and handles multiple deadlines.
  • Monitors employees for quality of job performance and in safety and maintenance procedures.
  • Supervises laboratory insectary rearing facilities.
  • Participates within the Division as part of mosquito control management team including the coordination of program investigations of special projects.
  • Handles disciplinary actions as required.
  • Trains new employees in job duties, relevant mosquito identification and safety procedures.

Administrative Duties

  • Maintains and submits all reports required for activities including annual, weekly, and grant reports.
  • Develops and reports on section metrics to monitor progress toward section goals.
  • Prepares and monitors budget for section including purchase ordering and tracking.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies and functioning equipment for section.
  • Verifies employee’s attendance, rearing data, and maintenance logs.
  • Attends professional meetings and seminars, presents findings of testing activities.
  • Publishes results as appropriate.

Laboratory Duties

  • Conducts and/or monitors laboratory based IRM testing, includes molecular and biochemical assays.
  • Oversees production and rearing of in-house insectaries for targeted mosquito species.
  • Investigates new IRM testing techniques for inclusion into current testing protocols.
  • Collaborates with other laboratories on practical, mosquito control related research.
  • Assures quality control on all laboratory testing conducted by T&E section.
  • Consults on and assists with testing efficacy levels of new formulated products/ active ingredients for adult and larval mosquito control.
  • Provides statistical support to Mosquito and Vector Control Division as needed.

Field Duties

  • Collects wild populations of mosquitoes for testing purposes.
  • Conducts field evaluations to determine effectiveness of larval or adult control operations.
  • Evaluates new insecticides or equipment in collaboration with universities, other government entities, or private industry.


  • Participates in the incorporation Health Equity Principles into division and departmental strategies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • Master's of Science degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Entomology, Biology, Environmental Science, or Public Health; *and*
  • One (1) year of experience in an organized mosquito control program (internship, externship, or paid experience)
  • Note: Program dates for Internship or Externship experience must be clearly stated on the application's employment history
  • One (1) year of experience supervising employees
  • Must have laboratory bioassay experience
  • Basic computer skills: Windows, Word processing, Excel, data entry, statistical analysis, and email
  • Valid Driver’s License (Texas Upon Hire)

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to obtain a Current Texas Department of Agriculture Certified Pesticide Applicators License within one (1) year of hire date
  • Must be able to work safely with adulticides, larvicides, and hazardous materials and should be thoroughly familiar with product labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Must be capable of calculating dosages used in laboratory tests and creating stock solutions.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend maps
  • Must have excellent organization and verbal/written communication skills
  • Knowledge of calibrating application equipment and calculating application rates

NOTE:Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not useany information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration. Preferences

  • Current Texas Department of Agriculture Certified Pesticide Applicators License
  • Knowledge of mosquito surveillance, control techniques, and IRM testing
  • Larval and adult mosquito identification of medically important mosquito species of Harris County
  • Field cage testing experience
  • Experience in genetic testing for insecticide resistance mechanisms
  • Experience publishing in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Experience presenting at academic and/or professional conferences and symposiums
  • Must be able to identify medically important mosquito species
  • Intermediate computer skills with word processing, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Power BI
  • Beginner experience with statistical software R or STATA.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification/belt
  • Must be able to identify medically important mosquito species General Information


  • 40 Hours per Week


  • Commensurate with Experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods


  • Houston

**Additional Information - Core Competencies

Organizational Leadership**

  • Understands the organizational mission.
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust.
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others. Collaboration

  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group.

  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs.
  • Establishes collaborative relationships and projects. Innovation

  • Ability to adapt to change. Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Uses sound judgment.

  • Self-motivated.
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity. Communication

  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Written and verbal English competency.
  • Able to read and follow directions.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Location: Houston, TX

Job Type: Regular Full-time

Department: Public Health Services

Job Number: 05662

Closing: 11/13/2020 11:59 PM Central

Agency: Harris County

Address: 1310 Prairie Street, Ste. 240 Houston, Texas, 77002