Summer Internship with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Summer Internship Opportunity with University of Delaware Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

Job Responsibilities
Assist the Extension IPM Agent with planning and implementing Extension demonstrations and applied research projects. More specifically, responsibilities include:
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Weed Specialist with projects demonstrating the role cover crops play in reducing slug injury on soybeans and the additional weed control benefits cover crops provide.
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Plant Pathologist with demonstrating the role variety selection and foliar fungicides can have on reducing Fusarium Head Blight in wheat.
• Survey soybean fields throughout the state to monitor Kudzu bug expansion and to monitor insect pest populations so that growers can be alerted of potential pest outbreaks.
• Participate in a survey to document the incidence and severity of Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV), a new disease of soybeans recently discovered in Delaware.
• Create educational materials such as Youtube videos, photo libraries, Extension Fact Sheets.
• Share demonstration and research results at grower meetings and field days.
• Assist the IPM Agent with conducting applied research on the management of various insect pests on vegetable and field crops.

Please contact Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent for more information: bcissel@udel.edu

Plant Pathologist position at Frontier Scientific, Inc.

Associate Biologist (Plant Pathology)
Job Description
We are seeking a full-time Associate Biologist with a background in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Agriculture, or related field. The successful candidate will perform work to support the operations of the Seed Treatment Enterprise with emphasis in Plant Pathology.  The Associate Biologist will need to work with various team members to orchestrate the timely screening and advancement of different projects

Responsibilities:

  • Implementation and operation of bioassays to determine possible seed treatment candidates. This work includes: Protocol development for seed safety and efficacy screening; plant bioassay; plant maintenance throughout the test; appropriate use of company resources when conducting experiments.
  • Coordinate experimental designs in greenhouses and growth chambers: This research will require numerous biological observations and test evaluations necessary to support research efforts; data collection, analysis and generation of reports using various data software applications; ability to present summary of technical results.
  • Laboratory work such as: pathogen culture; chemical dilutions, preparation, of formulation and application of test solutions; implementation and execution of studies (development of new protocols); implementation of regulatory standards for plant pathogens (maintenance and utilization), based on issued USDA permits; implement and develop safety practices to insure safety in the work environment.

Requirements:

  • MS or BS, Biological Sciences or Agriculture (Plant Pathology/ Microbiology)
  • Experience in research laboratory
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in translating oral and written directions into empirical reality
  • Experience in observation and paying close attention to detail
  • Familiarity with safety procedures
  • Strong track record of reliably delivering on-time results
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Willing to work in a group of diverse people while supporting team members to meet team objectives.
  • As appropriate, possess the ability to work independently.
  • Experience with computer programs, such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with and interest in conducting greenhouse, controlled environment chamber, and/or field trials with experimental chemicals

For more information or to apply contact:

Tony Guida, Site Manager
Frontier Scientific, Inc.
Office Location: DuPont Stine-Haskell Research Center
1090 Elkton Road, S220/103
Newark, DE 19711
Office: 302-451-5737
aguida@frontierssi.com

Integrated Pest Management Technician Position at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician in the Horticulture Department. Primary responsibilities include assisting the IPM Specialist by scouting, diagnosing, treating, and training staff on plant health care issues and evaluating cultural, biological, mechanical, and chemical control strategies to reduce pests to tolerable levels across all areas of the conservatory, greenhouses, outdoor gardens and natural areas. This work requires a thorough understanding of horticultural practices, plant-pest interactions, control techniques and application equipment. This individual will conduct large tree sprays and other pesticide applications throughout the property, help train and direct the IPM team (staff, students, volunteers, and contractors) and assist with the management of all aspects of Longwood Gardens’ pesticide safety program.

Minimum of an Associate’s degree in entomology, plant pathology, or horticulture equivalent with two years’ experience working in landscape and/or greenhouse horticulture with special emphasis in pest management scouting, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of ornamental plants is required. Must have or be willing to obtain a Class B commercial driver’s license and a PA Pesticide applicator’s license.

The successful candidate will possess good time management, organizational, and observation skills with strong attention to detail; fluency with Microsoft office, and strong communication skills with the ability to present to diverse audiences.

Please mail your resume with salary requirements to the address below.
Longwood Gardens, Inc.
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 501
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Fax 610.388.5495 or e-mail jobs@longwoodgardens.org.

The job posting can be found here: http://longwoodgardens.org/employment/full-time-job-opportunities