This position will support the USDA-ARS Hop Breeding Lab stationed at the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (WSU-IAREC) in Prosser, WA. In this field and greenhouse-based position, the research assistant(s) will perform routine tasks in support of hop breeding research. The research assistant(s) will be required to work 20-40 hours a week (Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend work). Pay is $15-18/hour, depending on experience. Four positions are available from May 2nd—November. There is some flexibility with start and end dates but preference will be given to applicants with extended availability.
- Assist with hop research trial establishment, involving planting and weeding plots in the field
- Work on potting, trimming, and maintaining plants in the greenhouse
- Participate in breeding activities, including preparing plants for crossing and pollination
- Aid in plant propagation efforts
- Maintain a clean, safe working environment
- Prepare for and assist with the hop harvest
- Help with other tasks, as needed
- Must pay attention to detail and be able to follow instructions
- Ability to work well both alone and with a small team of people
- Must have the physical ability to perform the duties of the position, including the abilities to: lift 50 lbs, walk on uneven ground, bend over to plant/transplant materials, and utilize garden tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes.
- Willingness to work outside in hot, dry conditions
- Participation in safety training in order to use and operate equipment appropriately
- In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by the time of hire.
If interested, please send a resume/CV, cover letter, and application (found here), to Anna.Tawril@usda.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Screening will begin February 14th, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.