The focus will be on activities in Michigan farms, with some time in the laboratory for sample processing, data entry, etc. Projects will include studies on insect pests and pollinators, with daily tasks including travel to field sites in a university vehicle (travel time is paid), insect scouting/trapping, fruit damage assessments, pollinator observations, data entry, insect rearing, and labeling and curating insect specimens. Overnight stays at MSU field research stations during sampling rounds are possible (accommodations at the field station are covered). Additionally, we will be hiring positions at a west Michigan research station with the possibility of free accommodation on site.
Duration: May 1 – August 30, 2019, with potential for earlier start and later end dates, depending on project needs.
To apply: Send a resume/CV and a cover letter describing relevant research experience and primary interests. Include the names and email addresses of up to three references. Send as one PDF to Jackie Albert (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 22, 2019 with “Summer Research Technician” in the subject line.
Required Qualifications: Interest in field research in entomology, agriculture, botany, conservation biology, or field ecology, Valid U.S. driver’s license, with a clean driving record, 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, Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel and/or R.
Desired Skills: Field and/or lab experience, Experience with insect collection and identification, Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds, Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including scientists, land owners, and growers.