The Town of Colma is seeking a resident to represent the Town on the Board of Trustees for the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. This is an excellent opportunity for a resident who is looking to serve their community!
Role and Responsibilities
As a member of the district’s Board of Trustees, you would act as a liaison to the Town and would assist the district in making decisions that impact public health. You would provide the City Council with regular reports about the District and its activities.
As a member of the Board of Trustees, you can be appointed to a two-year or four-year term. Board meetings are held at the District office (1351 Rollins Rd. in Burlingame) at 6pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Regular board meetings are not held in August or December.
You must be a resident of Colma and a current registered voter in Colma. You must be at least 21 years old. You do not need any experience in biology or any other health-related sciences to be a valuable member. Trustees bring a variety of skills to the Board. There are Board members with experience in finance, local government, business and other fields. We do ask that you be interested in learning what the district does and sharing that information with your town. The trustee must be able to report out district happenings at Regular City Council Meetings at least quarterly (4 times per year).
As a member of the Board of Trustees, you serve as an active participant as the voice of your community. You are instrumental in the enrichment and development for your town in regard to public health concerns. You will be compensated with a check for $100.00 for each monthly meeting, which is in lieu of expenses.
About the District
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) is an independent, property tax-funded district within San Mateo County. It was originally founded to provide mosquito surveillance and control to county residents, expanded over the years to provide yellow jacket nest removal, insect identification, and vector-borne disease surveys to participating county residents. It is also the designated Africanized-honeybee swarm removal agency, pending their arrival.
SMCMVCD is also dedicated to educating the community with presentations to schools and agencies, as well as providing students with opportunities to gain real scientific work experience and skills. We strive to provide quality, personalized vector abatement services. We are continually testing safer, more efficient methods for vector control to better service our community.
District services include, but are not limited to:
- Mosquito inspection and control
- Recommendations on eliminating mosquito breeding sources on residential property
- Insect identification services and information on biology and control of insects
- Yellow jacket nest removal on residential property
- Disease Surveillance such as mosquito-borne encephalitis, West Nile virus, plague, hantavirus & Lyme disease
- Tick identification and information
- Provide mosquito-eating fish for backyard ponds, pools and fountains (free to district residents)
- Presentations and displays to local schools, libraries, fairs, and civic groups for community education
How to Apply
If you would like to serve as Colma’s representative on the district’s Board of Trustees, please apply online here by October 18, 2019. For more information, please contact Caitlin Corley, City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 997-8311.