Job Category: Health Services
Division & Section: Public Health, PH Healthy Environment
Work Location: TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH BUILDING, 850 Coxwell
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Temporary Vacancy, 6 months
Hourly Rate and Wage Grade: $31.89 - $34.95, Wage Grade: 8 (Preliminary Job Evaluation)
Shift Information: Mon-Fri 7hrs/day 35hrs/week
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: 03-May-2021 to 17-May-2021
Reporting to the Manager, Healthy Environments, the Field Operator - West Nile Virus / Vector Borne Disease will carry out field and analytical work in support of the monitoring program.
Prepares and sorts samples to be tested, including workup and preparation for analysis.
Prepares Centres for Disease Control (CDC) light traps and coolers for service provider use.
Conducts quality assurance checks of the CDC light traps set by the service provider.
Conducts lab work to identify mosquito larvae collected during standing water complaints or surface water surveillance.
Conducts lab work to identify ticks collected during dragging. Submits black legged ticks to the National Microbiology Lab (NML) to confirm identification and complete testing for pathogens of interest.
Cleans all laboratory equipment manually.
Conducts quality assurance of catch basin treatment by the applicator.
Conducts WNV standing water investigations in response to complaints on public property.
Assists Public Health Inspector (PHI) with larvae identification for standing water complaints on private property.
Reviews weekly mosquito surveillance information to determine where environmental scans are required.
Conducts environmental scans and enters results into database (such as THEIS).
Monitors surface water sites for mosquito larvae and makes referrals to contracted service provider for larviciding of the site.
Liaises with external groups, e.g., Parks, Forestry & Recreation (PF&R) or pest control companies relevant to reducing mosquito breeding site.
Records physical information on GPS handheld units at each surface water site.
Identifies different species of larvae or at least to genera using Mosquito Identification Guide.
Provides and carries out speaking engagements for community and businesses.
Conducts tick dragging as required.
Identifies ticks collected and inputs data into database (such as THEIS).
Assist Public Health Inspectors with passive tick identification.
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
Post-secondary education in Environmental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry) or approved equivalent of education and experience. Preference will be given to applicants with training and proficiency in bacteriology and vector borne diseases.
Considerable experience in mosquito identification and with tick dragging and tick identification.
Experience using a personal computer and utilizing MS Office (i.e. Word, Excel)
Possession of a valid Ontario Driver's Licence Class "G" and access to a vehicle.
You must also have:
Thorough knowledge of instrumental methods of analysis, and some experience with microscopy.
Good organizational skills.
Must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the Regulations that apply to this work.
Must be available to travel to other work locations, as required.
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