Research Assistant (Temporary)

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 work 10-40 hours a week
(Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend work, depending on availability). Two positions are available from August – November. Hourly pay ranges from $16-17 / hr.

Responsibilities
• Assist with hop research trial maintenance including weeding, trimming, harvesting
• Participate in breeding activities, including preparing plants for crossing and pollination, harvesting crosses, cleaning and planting seed
• Maintain a clean, safe working environment
• Collect field samples, process samples, assist with data collection in field and laboratory
• Help with other tasks, as needed

Requirements
• 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 all conditions including hot, dry, cold, wet, windy, rainy, etc.
• Participation in safety trainings 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 time of hire.

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter and application (found here), to Anna.Tawril@usda.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Screening will begin 7/25 and the positions will remain open until filled.