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Summer Field Research Assistant

The Tree Fruit Entomology lab works to control insects in apple, cherry, and peach orchards. We are currently seeking assistance with summer field research on several projects to be conducted across the state.

Welcome to MSU’s Tree Fruit Entomology lab. Our lab investigates sustainable pest management strategies to reduce the need for insecticides in apple, cherry, and peach orchards. Dr. Larry Gut is the world’s leading expert on pheromone mating disruption and sterile insect release. We are also focused on understanding the biology and management of new invasive species like spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug. We are currently seeking assistance with summer field research on several projects to be conducted across the state.

Daily tasks include: Driving to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), setting up field experiments, collecting and recording field data (data = trapped insects), release of live marked moths, and counting injured fruit. A major component of this job is driving to and from the field sites to collect data. Safe driving skills is a major factor for this position.

Job Details: Employment period is May 1 – August 30, 2018, with potential for earlier start and later end dates, depending on project needs. The position is full time at 40 hours/week, with a starting salary of $11.00/hour.

To apply send a cover letter and CV describing previous research experience, why you want to work in the tree fruit lab, primary area of interest, and potential start date. Include the names and email addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Christopher Adams at with “Summer Field Research Assistant” in the subject line.


Required qualifications: Valid U.S. driver’s license with a good driving record. Applicant must have the ability to work outside for long periods of time, in a variety of weather conditions, have excellent attention to details and good communication skills, be able to follow experimental protocols, and have the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Desired Skills: Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds, interest in field research in entomology, integrated pest management (IPM), insect behavior, or horticulture.

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Posted: 18-02-16
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