Berry Entomology Lab and Field Summer Position

Hiring Organization: MSU Entomology
Employment type: Seasonal
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
Job Location: East Lansing , MI

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Berry Entomology Lab and Field Summer Position 

Entomology ● Agriculture ● Integrated Pest Management ● Spotted Wing Drosophila 

Job Description: 

We seek field and laboratory assistants for multiple research projects working in raspberries and blueberries involving Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a major invasive insect in berries. This is an excellent chance to learn about insects and agriculture! Extended stays (2-3 days) at an MSU field research station in Berrien County, MI may be required (accommodations are covered). The majority of this position will be fieldwork (70%) but will also include greenhouse and laboratory work (30%). Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), natural enemy and pest scouting, pollinator collection, SWD colony maintenance, setting up pesticide bioassays, data entry, collecting fruit, and measuring fruit yields. This job is based out of our lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Valid U.S. driver’s license 
  • Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

Desirable skills: 

  • Fieldwork experience 
  • Insect collection and identification 
  • Interest in agriculture and/or natural resources 
  • Experience with Excel, Word, PowerPoint 
  • Experience with Photography 

Job Details: 

Employment Period: May 1 2017 – August 31 2017, with some flexibility on start and end dates. Continued employment in fall/winter 2017 may be possible depending on funding and performance. 

Full Time: 40 hours/week 

Starting salary: $11/hr 

To Apply and For Questions: 

Send your curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to: Heather Leach ( leachhea@msu.edu )

Please put ‘Berry Entomology Field Tech’ in the subject line. 

Review of applications will begin on March 31st and will remain open until the position is filled. 

For more information about our lab, visit: http://www.isaacslab.ent.msu.edu/Home.html 

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