Ms. Jennifer Gruener worked as an entomology assistant at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) while pursuing her undergraduate degree. She cared for insect cultures, assisted in identification and organization of specimen collections and prepared general Biology laboratory experiments. After graduating Summa cum laude from ESU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Ms Gruener first worked for the Commission in the summer of 2001, assisting in the development and implementation of the newly established inland stream treatment aspect of the Black Fly Suppression Program in conjunction with Rutgers University and the NJ DEP.
Following her seasonal employment with the Commission Ms. Gruener pursued a graduate degree at Rutgers University working on her dissertation: Identification and ecology of mosquito vectors of disease to equines in New Jersey. At Rutgers, Ms. Gruener also worked as a Graduate Assistant conducting field surveillance of nuisance and vector mosquitoes, hiring and supervising seasonal employees. She also educated the public on mosquito biology, the ecology of mosquito-borne diseases and government efforts to control mosquitoes and mosquito borne disease. Work at Rutgers also included utilization of Arcview GIS, data entry and analysis and assisting in setting up pesticide training courses.
Ms. Gruener then moved on to working as Mosquito Identification Specialist for the Sussex County Mosquito Control Program and most recently employed there as Superintendent, developing and directing the entire program. Ms. Gruener brought her broad experience to Warren County as Assistant Superintendent on August 11, 2009. She assisted in directing the program at the Commission while focusing attention on the water management program, utilizing her general mosquito control, GIS and permitting experience gained while at Sussex County. Ms. Gruener was promoted to Superintendent, as of June 1, 2013, following the retirement of long time Superintendent Christine Musa.
Ms. Gruener is a regular member of the NJ Mosquito Control Association, Inc. and currently serves as the Trustee for Warren County, as well as holding the Office of Treasurer. She has been a regular member of Associated Executives of Mosquito Control Work in NJ and is now the regular member for Warren County: she served as Secretary of this association from 2009-2010. She has served on committees for both organizations.
Ms.Gruener holds Certification in Mosquito Identification and Habitat Recognition, Monitoring Pesticide Resistance in Mosquito Control Bottle Bioassay - CDC Method, and Situational Leadership. Ms. Gruener also is a licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator with certification in General Public Health, Mosquito Control, Demonstration & Research and Aerial Pest Control.