Duration: May 8 – August 30, 2018, with potential for earlier start and later end dates, depending on project needs and employee availability.
Salary: Full time: 40 hours/week, $11.00/hour
Description: The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University (www.isaacslab.ent.msu.edu) is seeking to fill multiple positions for integrated pest management research projects for the 2018 field season.
We seek field and laboratory assistants for multiple research projects investigating insect pests affecting blueberry and grape production in Michigan. The people chosen for this position will assist researchers with fieldwork in studies dealing with natural enemies, and insect pests in blueberry fields and grape vineyards throughout Michigan. Work will involve trips in MSU vehicles to research sites at commercial fruit farms and MSU research stations in Michigan. . Applicants should be available weekdays because all day travel to field sites is required. There will also be some work in the lab sorting samples and identifying pest and beneficial insects, and general laboratory duties, such as restocking supplies and cleaning or maintaining equipment. Some maintenance of research plantings (mowing weeding pruning, etc). will also be required.
Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially encourage applications from minority and underrepresented groups.
To apply: Send a cover letter and resume/CV describing relevant research experience and primary interests. Include the names and email addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Philip Fanning (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 31, 2018 with “Berry Crops Entomology Technician” in the subject line.
Required Qualifications: Interest in field research in entomology, insects, biology and/or agriculture Valid U.S. driver’s license, with a good driving record, and a willingness to share driving responsibilities. Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions Attention to detail and protocols Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Desired Skills: Experience with insect collection and identification Skills with a microscope Curation of specimens Plant identification (especially wildflowers) Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel, and R Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including scientists, landowners, and agricultural producers