COLLIER MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT

Job Opportunities

Our professionals are dedicated to meeting the District’s core mission of protecting public health and reducing nuisance mosquitoes while adhering to the highest level of safety and ensuring minimal impact to Southwest Florida’s ecology. We are proud to work and live with our families in this community!

Current Job Openings

Biologist/Research Entomologist

We’re looking for a biologist/research entomologist to join our Research Department. Successful candidates will join a passionate, hardworking team dedicated to protecting public health and advancing the science of mosquito control. If you like getting your hands dirty and are excited about performing operational research that has immediate, real-world impacts on your community, this is the opportunity for you.

The position: As a biologist or research entomologist at the District, you’ll participate in the design and execution of research studies to inform and improve District operations, manage a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and perform other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, with specific tasks varying by season and project. Summer and fall are our busy seasons, when you’ll perform the bulk of your surveillance activities and field studies. During winter and spring, you’ll have opportunities to present your research at local and national conferences. The majority of your work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4pm, but occasional nights and weekends may be required. Ideally, you’ll have an MS or PhD in biology, entomology or a related field and experience in (and passion for) mosquito research and control. Salary and job title will be based on skills and experience.

Requirements:

  • MS in biology, entomology or related field or BS degree with at least four years of entomological research experience
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to obtain a Public Health Pest Control License within six months of hire
  • Basic computer skills including familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work outdoors under challenging conditions (high temperature and humidity, swampy terrain, biting insects)
  • Ability and willingness to learn and apply new skills quickly and efficiently

Highly desirable:

  • MS or PhD in biology, entomology or related field and professional experience in mosquito control research
  • Familiarity with insect identification using a taxonomic key
  • Experience with any of the following: research study design and execution (field, laboratory), insecticide resistance surveillance and management, PCR, coding (R, Python, SQL), database management, 3D design and printing, basic electrical and mechanical tasks, insecticide characterization and/or calibration

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Dr. Rebecca Heinig (rheinig@cmcd.org). Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Research Technician/Biologist

We’re looking for a research technician/biologist to join our Research Department. Successful candidates will join a passionate, hardworking team dedicated to protecting public health and advancing the science of mosquito control. If you like getting your hands dirty and are excited about performing operational research that has immediate, real-world impacts on your community, this is the opportunity for you.

The position: As a research technician or biologist at the District, you’ll assist with research studies to inform and improve District operations, perform a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and assist with other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, with specific tasks varying by season and project. Summer and fall are our busy seasons, when you’ll perform the bulk of your surveillance activities and field studies. During winter and spring, you may have opportunities to attend trainings and research conferences. The majority of your work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4pm, but occasional nights and weekends may be required. Ideally, you’ll have a BS or MS in biology, entomology or a related field and experience in (and passion for) mosquito research and control. Salary and job title will be based on skills and experience.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in natural/biological sciences or related field
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to obtain a Public Health Pest Control License within six months of hire
  • Basic computer skills including familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work outdoors under challenging conditions (high temperature and humidity, swampy terrain, biting insects)
  • Ability and willingness to learn and apply new skills quickly and efficiently

Highly desirable:

  • MS in natural/biological sciences or related field and/or experience in mosquito research and control
  • Familiarity with insect identification using a taxonomic key
  • Experience with any of the following: biological research, insecticide resistance testing, molecular laboratory procedures, basic coding (R, Python, SQL), basic electrical and mechanical tasks, insecticide calibration

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Dr. Rebecca Heinig (rheinig@cmcd.org). Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.