The position provides technical support to the Plant Pathology program at the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), located on the Delmarva peninsula in Painter, Virginia. This is an off-campus position. The position will be primarily field based (establishment and maintenance of field trials, application of pesticides, collection of data and plant samples from field plots and grower fields) with a focus on vegetable (potatoes, green beans, sweet corn, and watermelon) and row (corn, soybean, and small grains) crops. There will also be lab (assist in the preparation of inoculum for field trials and isolation of pathogens from the field samples), office (preparation of field trial reports, organization and maintenance of inventory, budget and compliance records), and supervision (oversee part-time employees, assist on graduate student projects) responsibilities.
Bachelor’s degree in a plant science related field (Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Weed Science) or a combination of education and extensive experience in a related field. Knowledge of production agriculture and farm practices including the planting, maintenance, and harvest of field crops and the utilization of farm equipment. Detail oriented and self-motivated to implement experimental layout and collect data. Basic computer proficiency (Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive etc.). Ability to train and manage hourly employees and student labor. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain and maintain a Virginia Driver’s license and a Virginia commercial pesticide applicator license within three months of start date.
MS degree in a plant science related field. Basic laboratory skills. Experience in plant pathology or microbiology.
$42,000 - $52,000
11/30/22 (Open until filled)
Ability to perform strenuous field labor | Must have a criminal background check | Must be able to use respirator | Must have valid driver's license
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