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Recruitment #20-TC8-01



THE JOB: Under general direction, plans, implements, directs and reviews mosquito abatement and vector control programs; coordinates the details of day-today operations including supervision of subordinate staff; and does other work as required. *Effective July 11, 2020, this position will be furloughed by 7.5%. 

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

Five years of experience in mosquito abatement or vector control work including one year of management or supervisory experience. Substitution: Two years of coursework in biological science, entomology or public health may be substituted for up to one year of field experience. If you have relevant coursework or degrees please include in your response in the Supplemental Questionnaire. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License, Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License; Public Health Pest Control Certified Technician Certificate issued by the California Department of Health Services. 

Special Environmental Conditions: Variable temperatures and weather conditions; rugged terrain; confined workspaces; exposure to stinging, biting and/or venomous arthropods; and the possibility of exposure to pesticides. 

Other Special Requirements: Availability to work irregular hours including weekends, and to travel within the State. 

Knowledge: Working knowledge of mosquito abatement programs, legislation and practices; scope and subject of entomology, engineering, agronomy, and other scientific and technical fields contributing to the development of effective mosquito abatement and vector control programs; programs of health departments, flood control and reclamation districts and other public or private organizations with functions related to mosquito abatement and vector control; structure and function of county government; application of data processing to mosquito abatement and vector control operations. Some knowledge of administration, management and supervision including affirmative action, labor relations and personnel management; principles and practices of program planning, budgeting, training and public relations.

Ability to: Plan, organize, direct and coordinate mosquito abatement and vector control programs adapted to the needs of the community; supervise, train and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment to solve administrative, operational and technical problems; evaluate program operations and develop more efficient and effective work methods and programs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; understand, interpret, explain and apply laws and regulations pertaining to mosquito abatement and vector control programs; coordinate work of various public agencies and community groups involved in program implementation; collect, interpret, analyze and evaluate data; prepare and present clear and concise administrative and technical reports; speak effectively before groups; learn to operate a computer terminal to access, input and analyze data; lift items weighing up to 50 pounds, such as 5-gallon containers full of oil; perform physical tasks such as unreeling a 100-foot hose from the back of a truck, climbing ladders and walking over rugged terrain; put on, wear and use a respirator and other personal protective equipment to avoid exposure to pesticides and to stinging and biting arthropods; drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle and distinguish colors in order to identify a variety of small insects and venomous arthropods. 


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.  

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.  

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.


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