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Entomologist (pa4061-vm)

Consultant | Harrisburg, PA | Part Time and Contract

Job Description


Harrisburg PA


The Bureau of Epidemiology is seeking a part-time entomology consultant to act as a subject matter expert on vectors of medical and public health significance.  This is professional scientific work in public health entomology within the Department of Health.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Entomology AND two (2) years of professional experience working as an Entomologist OR Master of Science (MS) degree in entomology AND five (5) years of professional experience working as an entomologist.

  • A certificate in public health entomology is preferred but not required.

  • Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

  • Knowledge of entomology, specifically human disease vectors.

  • Knowledge of vectorborne disease prevention strategies.

  • Knowledge of evidence-based tick abatement strategies.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.


  • Work involves providing consultative scientific and technical expertise on issues related to vectors causing disease in Pennsylvania, primarily Lyme and other tickborne diseases.  

  • Work may include developing tick abatement plans, policies and procedures as well as developing tick bite prevention messaging and communications strategies.   

  • Work may also include advising personnel in the Bureaus of Epidemiology, Community Health and Communications regarding vectorborne disease considerations and prevention.  

  • Advise on vectorborne disease pathology, progression and communicability.

  • Provide consultative services to Department staff, other state agencies, municipal, county and local health departments, public and private health organizations, the medical community, and the public on entomology and vector control issues.

  • Provide guidance on insecticide resistance in vectors of human disease.

  • Assist with developing response plans for vectorborne diseases.

  • Assist with grant review and monitoring the performance of vectorborne disease work associated with specific grants.

  • Work is performed with independence under the general direction of an Epidemiologist Supervisor or higher-level administrator and reviewed for achievement of established objectives.

  • Performs related work as required.

If you meet the requirements below, we encourage you to apply and our staff will reach out to you to discuss this position further and answer any questions.

We support a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer who does not discriminate against employees and applicants for employment on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other classification protected by law.