Laboratory Research Aide
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Job no: 524463
Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Hampton Roads AREC
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science, Research / Scientific
This position will assist the Entomology program at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in the implementation and maintenance of laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments affecting nursery production, and specialty crops during the upcoming growing seasons. The successful candidate will assist the Entomology Principal Investigator with planting, fertilizing, mowing, weed and pest management, data and sample collection in the field and greenhouse, and assisting with experiments in the laboratory. This is an off-campus position at the Hampton Roads AREC, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Some of the duties and responsibilities for this position are:
1) Field assistance. Assist in all phases of field, greenhouse and laboratory work and learn to develop skills as a field scouter, identifying and recording pest and beneficial insect densities in crops of interest.
2) Counting insect densities. Be able to identify insect pests and beneficials and count pest and beneficial insect densities from collected field samples in a timely manner, and as directed.
3) Data collection and entry. Assist with data compilation and entry into computer-based storage system, using Microsoft Office and other programs. Collect data and take notes during field work, and during counting insect densities from field-collected samples.
4) Traveling across Virginia and out of State. Assist on setting up trials and on data collection at different experimental sites. Travel expenses will be fully covered by the Entomology Program. Expected travel responsibilities will be at least 20%.
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
Candidate is required to possibly navigate rough terrain unaided, be available to work outside in all weather conditions and lift 50 lbs, and perform scouting procedures in the field, including walking and kneeling in research plots.
This position will require traveling across Virginia and out of State
Must have a driver's license check
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Own transportation on regular basis required
Basic computer skills (MS Office, especially Excel).
Ability to work outside, regardless of the weather.
Able to work independently and under supervision.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions, and exercise basic quality control procedures.
Experience in an agricultural research setting.
Experience with data collection, entering, and analysis,
Experience mowing and applying fertilizer would be beneficial.
Basic knowledge in Entomology and good practices of laboratory are highly preferred.
Commiserate with experience.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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