The ornamentals IPM entomology lab has an internship available for 2021 summer. The intern will assist the extension specialist on a variety of projects which include: a study looking at impacts of mosquito control on non-target arthropods, management of spotted lanternflies and redheaded flea beetles and maintaining demonstration gardens for the management of various insect borer species on maples and ashes. Aspects of these projects include: insecticide efficacy evaluations, studies related to redheaded flea beetle biology, potentially spotted lanternfly insecticide evaluations and collections, work with reduced-risk or biopesticides targeting the management of root dwelling insects, use of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi (biological control using inset pathology), choice trials and bioassay tests looking at arthropod behavior, demonstration plot management and plant installation, entomopathogenic nematode culture maintenance, greenhouse plant maintenance and propagation, geocaching with insects and diseases, prepare a presentation for speaking to green industry professionals, and assisting with fact sheets. Interns may also participate in site inspections with DDA nursery inspectors, this activity scouts nurseries for relevant pests.
Requirements: Follow guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing; need to have personal transportation available and will have opportunities to interact (at a distance) with professionals working in entomology on multiple occasions.
Compensation: will be discussed during an interview.
APPLY: Please send your cover letter and resume to Brian Kunkel, Extension Ornamentals IPM Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org