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.
This position as Agricultural Research Technologist (2) at WSU-TFREC (WSU, Wenatchee, WA) will support the research activities in physiology and pomology (apple and pear) in tree crops in Washington.
The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including field and greenhouse research, laboratory analysis,
fruit sorting, and quality analysis.
Applicant should feel comfortable working in adverse outdoor conditions including rain, snow, and extreme heat or cold independently or as part of a team. The incumbent must feel comfortable working on top of ladders and carry up to 50-55 pounds (25kg). Other required activities include data entry, written summary, statistical analysis, and preparation of graphics/presentations, reports and manuscripts. The incumbent will work in flower biology and thinning trials with focus on precision crop load production and final fruit quality. High level of capability in essential computer software (spreadsheets, word processing and presentation) and the ability to learn new software is required. Experience with data analysis platforms is highly desirable (e.g. SAS, R, matlab, etc.).
Job duties also include the ability to locate and purchase supplies, take care of instruments maintenance/calibration, schedule and execute activities independently, and learn new procedures and develop protocols as required. Experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research theory, excellent organizational and project management skills are required qualifications for this position. The incumbent will supervise the activities of hourly workers, assist graduate students in their projects and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals. Required qualifications include bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biological, chemical, physical or agricultural sciences and have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license at the time of hire. Preferred qualifications include experience in microscopy and 2-3 years of field experience in horticulture. Salary commensurate on education and experience.
WSU is an EO/AA educator and employer.
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 acres of tree fruits (180,000 apple) 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.