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The Vegetable Team is Hiring!

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April 6, 2018

We are hiring one part-time field assistant and one part-time IPM scout for the 2018 field season. Please read the complete job descriptions below and submit application materials via email to the email provided.

Field Assistant: We are looking for a detail-oriented departmental assistant to help us conduct applied research on vegetable crop and pest management. Duties will include: setting up research plots at the UMass Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield; maintaining crop health by weeding, watering, and fertilizing as needed; assisting with pesticide applications; harvesting from experiment plots; collecting data such as disease severity and marketable yield; assisting with data analysis; and generating reports and outreach materials to distribute to MA vegetable growers. Other duties may include administrative and clerical duties or assistance with other UMass Extension projects relating to vegetable production and implementation of Integrated Pest Management on farms across MA. Some farm work and lab experience is preferred - students or recent graduates interested in applied research in vegetable production, plant biology, entomology or plant pathology are encouraged to apply. The position is approximately 20 hours per week from June through October, though specific hours and dates of employment are flexible. Must have a valid MA driver's license (experience driving manual transmission vehicles preferred) and EPA Pesticide Handler Certification must be acquired on the job. Must be willing to work outside for extended periods in adverse weather conditions and be able to lift 50 pounds. Please send an email cover letter along with a resume and two references to sscheufele@umext.umass.edu.

Contact: Sue Scheufele, Extension Educator, sscheufele@umext.umass.edu 413-577-3976

Eastern MA IPM Scout: This position is for UMass undergraduate students only. Main responsibilities will be communicating with farmers and Extension Educators on a weekly basis to scout crops, check pheromone traps, and compile data from 3-5 farms in Eastern MA for publication in our weekly newsletter, Vegetable Notes, as well as on a national iPiPE platform for pest monitoring. The Vegetable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Scout will also participate in a weekly Pest Alerts phone call on Wednesday mornings, consisting of scouts from multiple New England states reporting their findings, create pest occurance maps within the iPiPE program for publication in Vegetable Notes, and also contribute to the ‘Pest Alerts’ column in Vegetable Notes. The Vegetable IPM Scout will be trained in scouting techniques, pheromone trap procedures, and how to use the iPiPE platform and then will work independently with support from the UMass Vegetable Extension personnel as needed. The Vegetable IPM Scout will also receive EPA Worker Protection Standard training to prepare them for scouting on working farms. Please send an email cover letter along with a resume and 3 references to kcampbel@umass.edu.

Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, Extension Specialist, kcampbel@umass.edu 413-545-1051

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Agriculture