We always welcome motivated students with a strong interest in horticulture and lab analysis. They will have the opportunity to learn about orchard management, cultivar evaluation, fruit quality. Students are expected to commit for at least several months and full participate in field and laboratory activities.
There are currently no positions available; however, you are encouraged to contact us with your interests and ideas.
If you wish to join our group, please contact us sending a cover letter with a brief outline of your research goals and your CV, including a list of publications and names of three references.
Washington State is known for its iconic apple and is recognized globally as the world’s premier tree fruit production region, with more than 230,000 (180,000 apple) acres of tree fruits statewide and more than $6 billion of annual economic impact. More than a third of apple and cherry production is exported annually.
The WSU-TFREC in Wenatchee is in the center of this large production region, which includes the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin that are easily accessible from Wenatchee. The long, warm summer days, cool nights, low precipitation, and volcanic soils make central WA ideal for irrigated fruit production as well as other high value horticultural crops and represents one of the most agriculturally-diverse regions in the U.S. The tree fruit industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources. The tree fruit industry annually provides approximately $3.5 million in competitive funding through the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for projects of interest and value to the industry.
The TFREC is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains and enjoy approximately 300 days of sunshine per year. There are endless outdoor recreation opportunities near Wenatchee including world-class hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering and white-water rafting. Wenatchee, WA is also in the heart of the US tree fruit industry where more than 50% of apples, cherries and pears grown in the United States are grown in Washington State.