Scientific Operations Director

West Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District


Filing Deadline: Open until filled

Salary: $46.16 - $57.64/hour DOE


Basic Functions:  Under the direct supervision of the District Manager, the Scientific Director 1) plans, implements, directs, and administers the District's Scientific Programs, and 2) supervises and trains laboratory scientific staff and any seasonal employees.


Knowledge of:

  • Vector control practices and vector-borne disease management;

  • Biology, ecology, environmental science, epidemiology, immunology, medical entomology, microbiology, parasitology, and vertebrate biology;

  • Current and state-of-the-art theories and practices of vector and related disease control and surveillance and long-term local and global issues related to vector control;

  • Sound use and management of pesticides for vector control;

  • California Health and Safety Code and District policy as they pertain to vector control;

  • Environmental laws relevant to vector control;

  • Principles and practices of interacting with the public;

  • Extensive knowledge of research techniques and investigative methods;

  • Most commonly used techniques and methods for data management and analysis;

  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation;


Ability to:

  • Manage vector control and disease surveillance programs efficiently and effectively; gather, organize and analyze information and draw sound conclusions;

  • Apply scientific principles to practical situations;

  • Apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to vector control and vector-borne disease management;

  • Respond to questions from the public and District personnel regarding scientific and technical issues;

  • Perform mathematical computations quickly and accurately; plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines;

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions;

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software;

  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in entomology, zoology, biology or a closely related field.

  • At least five years of leadership/management experience is desirable.

  • At least five years in vector control is desirable.

  • Bilingual capabilities are a plus but not required.

Functional requirements

  • Must be sighted with the ability to demonstrate measurable depth perception;

  • Minimum of single ear aided hearing;

  • Ability to speak and write effectively in English;

  • Ability to frequently traverse uneven ground such as fields, dirt banks, stream beds and shallow ponds;

  • Ability to frequently operate a motor vehicle;

  • Ability to frequently bend at the knees and waist to inspect sources;

  • Ability to periodically assist in the lifting of objects weighing in excess of 60 pounds;

  • Ability to periodically perform repetitive motion activities;

  • Ability to periodically sit for extended periods of time;

  • Ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance;

  • Ability to periodically climb stairs.



  • The appointee must be certified by the California Department of Health Services as a technician in Mosquito Biology and Control, Terrestrial Invertebrate Vector Control and Vertebrate Control within twelve (12) months of the date of employment and maintained throughout employment.Failure to maintain vector control certifications active at all times will result in separation from the District.See California Code of Regulation, Title 17, Section 30055 for certification requirements.

  • Possession of a valid and appropriate California driver’s license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained in good standing throughout the employment.

  • Must be insurable with District’s insurance carrier at all times throughout the employment.

  • Must be compliant with District Driver Selection and Vehicle Use Guidelines throughout the employment.

Other Conditions:

  • Required to handle toxic and hazardous substances and a variety of organisms;

  • Good color perception;

  • May be required to use personal vehicle in the course of employment;

  • Required to be on call for evening and weekend emergencies as assigned;

  • Required to travel within and out of the county;

  • Required to work in inclement weather.


Post-Offer Physical Examination:  A qualified physician must certify that a candidate is physically able to perform the duties of the position and is free of illegal substances as determined by a drug screen.  The post-offer physical examination and drug screen shall be performed by a qualified medical doctor and/or laboratory as designated by the District and all costs shall be paid by the District.

Post-Offer Background Investigation: A thorough background investigation will be conducted, and all costs shall be paid by the District. Candidate will also be required to show documentation of personal credit score.

Until the candidate successfully completes and satisfies the requirements of the post-offer physical exam and background investigation, all employment offers are conditional and not guaranteed.

The District reserves the right to modify, delete, augment, or supplement the duties, qualifications and requirements stated at its sole and absolute discretion.  Inquiries about this position can be addressed to Mary Quanstrom at (909) 635-0307 or  Please be sure to add a resume along with the job application. An electronic version of the application along with a detailed job description can be found on our website:

West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is an equal opportunity employer.