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Laboratory Surveillance Specialist at Harris County

Laboratory Surveillance Specialist

Harris County Houston, TX (On Site) Full-Time
Position Description

About Harris County Public Health:

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

Laboratory Surveillance Specialist Overview:

Under the supervision of the Surveillance Entomologist, the Mosquito Surveillance Laboratory Coordinator assists and coordinates the daily operations of the surveillance laboratory to ensure timely diagnostic results. The Mosquito Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for the majority of mosquito species identification, enumeration, sorting, sexing and pooling in preparation of testing. The coordinator also assists with the supervision of both full-time and part-time personnel in the absence of the Surveillance Entomologist.

Duties & Responsibilities:

* Conducts and provides guidance on mosquito laboratory activities including mosquito identification, enumeration, sample preparation, sample handling and storage for pathogen testing.
* Updates and maintains mosquito surveillance database daily including collection info, trap sites, users, new trap sites, and/or new species.
* Conducts QA/QC on database entries.
* Conducts surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases and nuisance mosquito populations; sets and retrieve traps from various field habitats.
* Ensures proper functioning of mosquito surveillance laboratory, including upkeep and preventative maintenance of equipment and sufficient inventory.
* Trains mosquito surveillance technicians and seasonal staff in mosquito identification and pooling techniques, and proper/safe use of lab equipment.
* Conducts sites surveys, identifies appropriate habitats, and obtains permission for use as trapping sites from public and private parties.
* Special projects assigned by Surveillance Entomologist.
* Other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

Requirements

Education:

* High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent

Experience:

* Two (2) years of experience in mosquito surveillance or arthropod identification experience which can include professional, classwork or laboratory experience in pursuit of a degree
* Proficient data entry skills
* Basic Windows and Word Processing knowledge

Licensure:

* Valid Driver's License (Texas upon hire)

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

* Contributes to an inclusive workplace where equity, diversity, inclusion, and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission
* Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group
* Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs

Innovation

* Ability to adapt to change

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

* Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect
* Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner
* Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses
* 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

NOTE:Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentationbutONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume"will not be accepted for qualifications. Preferences

Education:

* Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Entomology, Public Health or related science from an accredited college or university

Experience:

* Experience working with Mosquito Control Program

General Information

Position Type, and Typical Hours of Work:

* Full-Time Exempt | Regular
* Monday - Friday | 7:30-4:00pm
* 40 hours/Week
* Hours may vary depending on mosquito-borne disease activity

Work Environment:

* The incumbent may be required to work long and irregular hours in circumstances of public health or infectious disease emergency or potential for such including weekends and holidays

Physical Demands:

* Typical: Laboratory setting Persons in these positions frequently lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing up to 10 lbs. They also occasionally move objects weighing up to 20 lbs., and sometimes, but rarely, up to 50 lbs.
* Field: Must be able to lift 70 lbs., be in good physical health, able to tolerate high heat and humidity for extended periods of time outdoors while working in a variety of urban and natural environments. Requires, lifting, bending, kneeling, walking up steep inclines, working near and around water, residences, wooded areas, etc.

Work Location:

* HCPH/Mosquito Vector Control: 3330 Old Spanish Trail, Bldg. D Houston, TX 77021

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

Recommended Skills

  • Adaptability
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  • Data Entry
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