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Research Assistant (Temporary)

Posted by ana.myers | February 3, 2022

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 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Screening will begin February 14th, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.

Washington State University