Scouting videos for field crops

Texas A&M AgriLife specialists have prepared a few videos that are good, general videos on insect identification and scouting.

Although the videos make reference to Texas, the information in them is general enough to use in any state with the pest.

Research assistant position, Center for IPM

The National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management is seeking candidates for a research assistant position.

The successful applicant will carry out work supporting cooperative activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management. This work will entail the collection development, evaluation, analysis and communication of biological information. The primary responsibility of this position will be to research, write, and present reports on various exotic plant pathogens, which will be used to develop pest forecast models to support USDA APHIS decision making processes. The work will involve performing literature searches, reviewing and interpreting highly technical scientific information and government reports, corresponding with subject matter experts, and analyzing information to produce written reports that will then be presented to a team of analysts. Continue reading

Insect Identification Lab Director, Penn State University

The Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences at Pennsylvania State University is seeking an enthusiastic scientist to lead efforts on identification of arthropod pests, which impact biosecurity, food security, and public health. The successful candidate will respond to inquiries and requests for information from the public and will participate in one or more Penn State Extension teams such as the Horticulture Team. Success in this position will lead to a reduction in pesticide use and improvements in water quality, biosecurity, and public health. Candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), teaching skills, interpersonal skills, ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, and work as an active member of the Department and Extension team. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required. The individual also must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. While not a requirement, the ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus. Continue reading