Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District


Summer Mosquito Control Internship

 

 

Application Deadline: March 18, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: end of April/early May, flexible
Anticipated End Date: August 31, 2021 with the potential to extend further
Hours/Week:  40 hours/week                                                                                                                                                    Work Schedule: Intern must work from 7:00am-3:30pm, M-F                                                                                            Work Location: This position involves both lab and fieldwork in SLC
Compensation from host organization: $15/hour
Company Website: http://www.slcmad.org/

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Must be a Biology or Chemistry major or minor, or similar
  • Must have passed (B or better) a general Biology and a general Chemistry course

Position Description:

The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) is a local governmental entity serving the citizens of Salt Lake City. The mission of the SLCMAD is the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquito-transmitted diseases and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by mosquitoes. Research on the biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases plays an integral role in fulfilling this mission.

The SLCMAD is seeking highly motivated individuals to assist the SLCMAD Laboratory during the summer season.

Interns will be responsible for performing field  and laboratory work for research projects, such as placing and servicing mosquito traps, performing assays on mosquitoes, collecting juvenile mosquitoes from the field, assist in raising mosquitoes in a laboratory. Additionally, intern will to assist in laboratory operations such as testing mosquitoes for pathogens. Interns may also be asked to contribute in analysis and writing for scientific manuscripts.

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Interest in entomology, biology, environmental science
  • Willingness to work outdoors
  • Adherence to laboratory standards and protocols
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication ability
  • Valid Utah driver’s license, with a good driving record

BENEFITS:

  • Gain experience in research methodology
  • Learn operational techniques for mosquito control
  • Develop knowledge of techniques and procedures for vector-borne disease monitoring and public health stewardship.

Check out the Spotlight to learn more about a similar internship with this organization: https://science.utah.edu/internships/getting-started/intern_spotlight_slcmad/

Additional Information:

This internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at jacqueline.broida@utah.edu with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.