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Pest Management

Overview: Birds can be the worst enemy of aircraft jet engines as evidenced by the 2009 Hudson River air crash.  In addition to routine insect and rodent control duties, Pest Management personnel apply a variety of devices and techniques to deter birds from airfields and surrounding buildings and areas.

Position:  Enlisted

AFSC: 3E4X3

Specific Tasks:

  • Conduct surveys and identify insects, reptiles, rodents, birds and weeds   
  • Determine and implement actions needed to control and prevent infestations of plant and animal pests 
  • Interact with medical authorities to control health hazards 
  • Comply with hazardous materials and environmental regulations

Requirements:

  • Qualification to operate a government motor vehicle
  • Normal color vision  
  • No record of fear of insects, animals, snakes, claustrophobia or hypersensitivity to chemicals or insect, spider, scorpion or snake venoms 
  • Freedom from fear of heights 
  • ASVAB score of 38 on General 
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 60 pounds

Training: 

  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training - 33 days at Sheppard AFB, TX 
  • College credits earned: Ecological Controls  - 13 credits

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 
  • Pest Control Workers