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. This a primarily field-based position in which the research assistant(s) will perform routine tasks in support of hop breeding research.

The research assistant(s) will be required to work 20-40 hours a week (Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend work). Pay is $16-18/hour, depending on experience. Four positions are available from May 1st—November.

There is some flexibility with start and end date but preference will be given to applicants with extended availability. Dormitory housing is available at IAREC for a fee.


  • Maintain hop research trials, involving planting and weeding plots in the field
  • Work on trimming, stringing, training, and watering plants in the field and greenhouse
  • Participate in breeding activities, including preparing plants for crossing and pollination
  • Assist with data collection
  • Maintain a clean, safe working environment
  • Prepare for and assist with hop harvest
  • Help with other tasks, as needed


  • Must pay attention to detail and be able to follow instructions
  • Ability to work well both alone and with a small team of people
  • Willingness to work outside in hot, dry conditions
  •  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.
  • Participation in safety trainings in order to use and operate equipment appropriately

If interested, please send a resume/CV, cover letter and application (found here – under Temporary Employment), to

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Screening will begin February 6th, 2022 and the position(s) will remain open until filled.

Look for the Temporary Employment Application at