West Nile Virus Field Technician

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Northampton County
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State Extension seeks to hire a part-time West Nile Virus Field Technician. This individual will function as a team member of the Northampton County Extension Team. This individual must be able to drive a truck, work outdoors in all weather conditions and be able to navigate uneven terrain. Major responsibilities will include implementing mosquito surveillance, control and Integrated Mosquito Management practices throughout Northampton County. Key duties include fieldwork, data collection, data entry along with adult mosquito and larval control activities in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection staff. On the local level, this individual is responsible for helping with office citizenship responsibilities directed by the Business Operations Manager as well as the Client Relations Manager. The position requires a B.S., Associate’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in entomology, environmental science, biology or closely related field. Applicant must have the physical ability to walk and work in heavily wooded areas and in wet areas; currently possess or be able to acquire a PA Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator’s License for Category 16. Applicant also must be able read road maps to travel to project collection sites as well as possess the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Applicant should be able to identify larval and adult mosquitoes with the ability to understand the mosquito life cycle and identify mosquito habitat. Applicant also must possess the ability to lift 50 pounds with or without accommodation; have the ability to transport and set up equipment on uneven terrain in isolated areas in inclement weather conditions as well as the ability to read and understand pesticide label for application rates and safe handling in accordance with Federal laws and regulations. Applicant must have excellent attendance and punctuality in meeting assigned program tasks; strong technology skills and ability to repair small motors along with the ability to follow all requirements of contractual obligations between Extension and any assigned state agency. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver`s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088