Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vector Control Biologist

Recruitment #18-5690-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.  Applications will only be accepted on-line. 


Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county. The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion. Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city. One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas. As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens. The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles. The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.

The Mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a
comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. The Agency’s major services include Behavioral Health Care, Environmental Health, and Public Health programs; primary care services via community-based organization (CBO) contracts, and health care services for all County residents qualifying as medically indigent, as well as Health Care Administration.  To read more about the department, please visit their website at:

Alameda County Department of Environmental Health operates various programs to protect the public. For more
information about the department of Environmental Health Care Services, please visit

Under the direction of the Supervising Vector Control Biologist and oversight of the Senior Vector Control Biologist, the Vector Control Biologist conducts inspections and investigations, disease surveillance and control, educational outreach and other related work as required, in an assigned geographical area within the Vector Control Services District; provides advice on Vector biology to the public and local code enforcement for property management in but not limited to bed bugs, fleas, flies, lice, mosquitoes, wasps, ticks, mites, rodents and nuisance wildlife; and participates in vector and vector-borne disease surveillance and research. The Vector Control Biologist is the journey level class in the series and is assigned to the Vector Control Services Division of the Environmental Health Department. Incumbents are responsible for performing their duties in an assigned geographical area within the district in an independent manner.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated the following critical attributes:

  • Experience working in a vector control services program or environment and/or education or training in biology, zoology, entomology, or other related fields.
  • Strong ability to gather, analyze and compile information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to independently prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or task.
  • Excellent customer service skills, principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
  • Adaptability to surroundings, comfortable working outdoors and in different types of environmental terrain. 
  • Ability to identify safety issues and problems; detect hazardous working conditions and safety problems; check equipment and/or work area regularly.
  • Experience using various technological resources including electronic devices, software and data systems.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
For a detailed listing of the duties and essential competency requirements for this position, please see the Vector Control Biologist job specification.


Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Health, Integrated Pest Management or closely related Health Sciences field is required. Examples of related fields include but are not limited to Microbiology, Entomology, Toxicology, Integrated Biology, other earth sciences, or other closely related fields.


Experience:  The equivalent of three years as a Vector Control Specialist/Technician in a private, public or other governmental agency.


Certificate:  Possession of a California State Certificate as a Public Health Vector Control Technician specializing in Mosquito Control, Terrestrial Invertebrate Vector Control, and Vertebrate Vector Control is required within one year of initial appointment to the class.

License:  Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Vision:  Ability to distinguish primary colors in order to conduct dye tests. This ability will be tested during the County pre-employment physical examination.

Physical Ability: Must be able to pull manhole utility access covers (which require 75-100 lbs. force pull), climb ladders, and lift up to 50 lbs.  Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions and on uneven surfaces. Must be able to drive a motor vehicle for up to 1-2 hours on a routine basis. Must be able to work on a computer on a routine basis.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Biology and ecology, vector-borne diseases, breeding places and habits of insects and animal vectors particularly rodents, including ecto-parasites such as but not limited to fleas, ticks, lice, as well as flies and cockroaches. 
  • Identifications of common vectors and nuisance wildlife. 
  • Methods of prevention and abatement of vector infestations, pesticide safety, personal protection, and hazards to non-target species. 
  • Scientific principles and procedures of conducting vector surveillance and control. 
  • General ecology of urban wildlife. 
  • Integrated Pest Management strategies for reducing/or eliminating vector populations and nuisance problems. 
  • Functions and goals of a public health department. 
  • Computer software applications (as applicable and required to the position). 

Ability to:

  • Safely handle and dissect rodents, collect laboratory specimens and ecto parasites. 
  • Obtain the voluntary cooperation of the public in vector prevention and control measures. 
  • Handle and place pesticides effectively and safely. 
  • Collect and compile field data, analyze information and summarize findings. 
  • Interpret and apply relevant laws and regulations. 
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with other staff, local agencies and the public. 
  • Read, write and communicate effectively. Prepare comprehensive reports and depositions that are required and used for legal expert witness. 
  • Speak clearly and able to provide public presentations and trainings to home owners, local agencies, other county agencies. 
  • Basic computer skills in using hand-held tablets to access data, “Request for Services”, and enter pesticide usages in the field and away from office. 
  • Work independently. 


THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS: 1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaires to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process; 2) An oral examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral examination may contain situational exercises.


***We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components***

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:  Monday, August 6, 2018
 Review of Minimum Qualification: Friday, August 17, 2018 
 Oral Interview Exam Completed By**:   the week of September 10, 2018

**The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in
accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.
For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.  
Nicole Lewis-Bolton, HR Analyst II
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
Telephone:  (510) 272-6468; Email: 
Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer