Entomology Job Opportunity

Entomology Technician

Opening Date: 2/2/2022 Closing Date: 2/15/2022
Location: Augusta Position #: 00500-1014
Position Type: Full Time Class Code: 9403
Grade/Salary: Grade 15 $33,550.50-$43,992.00 (includes 7.5% stipend)
The Division of Animal and Plant Health has a current vacancy for an Entomology Technician in Augusta.
Position Description: The Division of Animal and Plant Health CAPS Program is seeking a qualified candidate to assist with insect and plant pest field surveys. Primary duties include driving a State of Maine vehicle throughout the state to service a variety of insect traps, as well as look for signs of other exotic insect and disease symptoms on host plants (June-September). The candidate would also work at a microscope screening samples collected from the field. The employee must be qualified and able to drive a vehicle leased by the State of Maine and carry light equipment (up to 10 lbs.) across uneven terrain on farms and in wooded settings. During the field season, work involves being outside and sometimes in inclement weather. Careful record keeping and attention to detail is essential. Employee may also be expected to help with outreach and education. This position is based out of Augusta.
Minimum Qualifications: A three (3) year combination of training, education, and/or experience in basic technical field or laboratory entomology, pathology, forestry, or related work.
Preferences: The ability to use a microscope and taxonomic keys to identify target pests is preferable but not essential. Experience with GPS, mobile devices, Excel spreadsheets, e-mail and word processing is highly desirable. Excellent written and
verbal communication and public speaking skills are a plus.
Knowledge/skills/abilities: Knowledge of entomology, plant pathology, plant pests and/or invasive species concepts. Ability to work with a microscope and in a laboratory setting. Ability to identify basic trees and plants of Maine. Ability to assemble and operate traps and other surveillance equipment. Ability to use GPS and other mapping software to navigate to sites. Ability to collect and organize data and keep accurate records. Must be organized and detail oriented. Must be able and willing to work outdoors and adapt to shifting priorities. Must be able to communicate effectively with pest detection partners, as well as with the public and stakeholders about pest detection activities and other invasive species work.
Special Requirements: Must possess a valid Class C State of Maine driver’s license.