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2015 Seasonal Entomology Employment

Up to twelve (12) seasonal employment positions are being made available by the Entomology Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry.  These non-Civil Service positions in Entomology will involve insect surveillance to detect invasive agricultural pests, perform apiary inspection, or laboratory diagnostic work.

  • Up to two (2) Forest Insect Pest Aide 1 (FIPA1) positions are being hired to work in Northwest PA, South central PA, and Southeast PA.  Preferred candidates will be based in Erie or Berks County.  Counties for survey include but are not limited to Erie, Crawford, Dauphin, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton and Berks.  General familiarity with the counties in which survey work will take place will be helpful but is not required.  Employed surveyors will work independently, and will be headquartered at their place of residence.
  • Seven (7) apiary Inspectors will be hired to work in each region for apiary inspection and up to three (3) Laboratory Assistants positions, will be hired to work at the PDA Entomology Laboratory in Harrisburg.

Job Duties: FIPA1 work will involve visual survey of trees or agricultural commodities, placement and monitoring of insect traps, digital collection of data, and investigation of private landowner pest reports.  A vehicle may be provided for each surveyor to carry out the duties of this position.  Coursework or a degree in entomology, forestry, or the biological sciences is preferred, but is not essential.  Applicants should be good drivers, and have a valid driver’s license.  Specific training will be provided upon beginning employment, and the employee will receive guidance in his/her work for the duration of the employment period.  Applicants must be available to work April 1, through the end of October, 2015.  Apiary inspectors will be asked to inspect apiaries for honey bee diseases and pests and must be able to tolerate bee stings.  Apiary inspectors must be available to start work April 27 and continue work through October 23, 2015.  Former experience working with honey bees is strongly preferred for the apiary inspector positions.

Laboratory Assistants positions, will be hired to process samples and enter data at the PDA Entomology Laboratory in Harrisburg.  Insect identification experience is strongly preferred for the laboratory assistant position but not required.

Salary and Work Schedule: Pay rate for FIPA1 and laboratory assistant positions in 2015 is $12.62/hour, and the pay rate for apiary inspectors is $16.02/hour.  FIPA1 and Lab Assistant employees are expected to work a full time, 37.5 hours per week, 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday schedule for the duration of their employment period.

Apiary inspectors work a flexible 40 hour per week schedule.  Salary is not negotiable.

How to Apply: Download the Personal Data Sheet (PDS) to submit along with a typed one-page resume, and a letter indicating position preference (FIPA1, Apiary Inspector or Laboratory Assistant).  The Personal Data Sheet can be found on the Agriculture website at www.agriculture.pa.gov in the “About Us”, “Employment Opportunities” section in the footer.  On the PDS, list your county of residence (for the employment period) and in the spaces designated, which counties you will accept work in (whichever county or counties you are applying for).

Applications received by March 31, 2015, will be given first consideration.  Send the Personal Data Sheet, resume, and cover letter to Mr. Spichiger at the address below.  For more information, or to receive a copy of the Personal Data Sheet through the mail or email, please contact:

Mr. Sven-Erik Spichiger
PA Dept. of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA  17110-9408
sspichiger@pa.gov

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