Tree Fruit Research Technician

Hiring Organization: MSU Extension
Employment type: Seasonal
Job Location: Hart, MI
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017


Michigan State University’s West Central MI Tree Fruit Extension program seeks a research technician from May-August to help conduct field and lab research trials in tree fruit systems. Research projects mainly fall under the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology and horticulture. Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively, think critically, communicate with fruit growers and researchers, and compile and analyze data. Responsibility and self-motivation a must. College Science background preferred, but not required. 40 hours/wk. $11/hr. 

Job Requirements: 

1. Must understand basic scientific research, which includes experimental design, basic analysis, and reporting. 

2. Must be able to write technically (research reports) 

3. Must be able to research scientific literature and comprehend information to apply it to current research projects. 

4. Must be able to think critically. 

5. Must be able to communicate well with Extension staff and campus faculty (communication includes both written and oral). 

6. Must be a team player--which includes working well with all team members on many various research projects. 

7. Must be flexible, as the schedule of an agricultural season can be unpredictable. Flexibility includes hours of work (i.e. 10 hours on day followed by a 6 hour day) and ability to work on a variety of project-related tasks. 

8. Must be physically capable of field work, which includes research design layout and data collection. Must be able to work in conditions that are not always ideal (i.e. occasional rainy or chilly day). 

9. Must have a valid driver's license and a vehicle to complete field work. 

10. Must be open to learning new ideas, new ways of thinking and must be able to relate that knowledge to current research projects. 

11. A general list of potential duties: flagging research sites, checking insect traps, microscope insect identification, microscope fungal identification, basic fungal and bacterial isolation techniques, data collection, communicating with growers, experimental set up, observation collecting, and literature searches. 

Please send a resume and brief (1/2 page, single spaced) cover letter by Friday, April 29th, to David Jones at:  

Or drop of your materials in person at the Oceana County Extension Office, located at: 

210 Johnson Street 

Hart MI 49420