Western Region IR-4 Coordinator position reopened

The position for Western Region IR-4 Associate Director /Field Research Director  has been reopened.  New closing date April  18, 2017.   Please encourage those who may be interested in the position to apply.  The direct link to the application posting is:  www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=74906

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Forest Insect Pollinator Ecology

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic potential postdoctoral researchers starting in Spring/Summer 2017.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi and Dr. James Martin (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources).  This project focuses on the interactions between forest insect pollinators and various management practices in North America.  The ideal candidate would possess a strong background in entomology, ecology, and statistics with an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  Experience with meta-analyses is preferred.  A Ph.D. in a related field, especially in forest ecology and entomology is a prerequisite for the position.   Continue reading

Job Announcement: Two Forester 3 positions – Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture

The State of Tennessee, Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division is currently recruiting for highly qualified candidates to fill two Forester 3 positions.  In collaboration with the State of Tennessee, Department of Human Resources, The Department of Agriculture has announced one Forester 3 position located in Carroll County and one Forester 3 position located Wilson County.

To see full job descriptions and apply, interested candidates must submit their application to http://www.tn.gov/hr and search positions under “Employment Opportunities”, “Preferred Service Job Openings” by job titles.   In addition, interested candidates may receive additional information by visiting “Professional Careers with the Tennessee Department of Forestry” at http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-forests-careers. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Fellow (Charkowski-USDA-CARE)

The person in this position will be responsible for experiments designed to improve detection and management of blackleg and soft rot pathogens of potato, including Dickeya and Pectobacterium species. These two bacterial pathogens are the main bacterial pathogens of potato and cause disease annually in the 70,000 acres of potato grown in Colorado. They are also among the most important bacterial pathogens of potato worldwide. The incumbent will also assist in outreach activities related to this project.

The job is at Colorado State University. Click here to find out more information or to apply.

Apple Orchard IPM Manager job opening

The following job opening is for an IPM specialist for a grower in central Virginia. Please click on this link to find out more or to apply.

The local farming operation is a family owned and operated grower/packer/shipper of fresh apples, peaches and nectarines. The family has operated the farms for over 100 years and it’s not uncommon to see three generations working together during the summer months!

They are currently searching for a full-time person to manage and administer their spray program. They are not just looking for another employee, they need someone with a strong work ethic and the skills to match. They like to work hard, get along and treat everyone with respect and authenticity. Ideally they are looking for someone who makes this their last career move and grows long-term with the operation.

In this role, you will work closely with a Partner and Owner as you make daily decisions involving which chemicals are most appropriate for each crop, while implementing IPM and economic factors in the decision making process. The farm uses environmentally friendly integrated pest management practices with timed interventions to minimize the amount of spraying needed for quality fruit in the Virginia humid climate. Candidates should have extensive knowledge and experience in pest control involved in the growing of high quality apples and peaches.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Scouts orchards and monitor crops for insect pests and plant diseases.
  • Monitor weather and degree days relating to insect’s pests and plant diseases.
  • Be onsite to administer the spray program and answer questions from applicators.
  • Work with staff and senior management to accomplish all tasks.
  • Insure compliance with all applicable government agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • 1-3 years’ experience operating or managing a spray program on apples or peaches with a history of success.
  • Ability to be dynamic in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter, independent personality, ability to multi-task and manage both short and long-term goals.
  • Exceptional computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel
  • Great organization with excellent planning and scheduling abilities.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus!

Graduate Scholar Insect Biology, Bayer

Your tasks and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this role, (Graduate Scholar), are to:

Alternatives for the control of white grubs in lawns and turf grass areas are needed to replace current synthetic insecticides Bayer wishes to meet the desire for increasingly environmentally-friendly / biologically based solutions and continue to provide a solution in these markets. The grad scholar scientist will be a highly motivated, self-starter with knowledge in entomology and the turf grass ecosystem. The successful candidate will be charged with the objective of developing novel grub control solutions and delivering effective control of grubs in turf which meet the regulatory standards for non-chemical products. Specifically, the candidate will identify within Bayer Biologics novel and differentiated target sites and solutions for pest control. Support and increase Bayer Biologics understanding of insect physiology/pathology with an emphasis on coleoptera. Disruption of insect gut function is a promising target for chewing insects that are indirect pests of crop plants.

Additionally, the candidate should complement and synergize the new-target discovery activities of Biologics. Continue reading

Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology University of California, Riverside

The Department of Entomology will fill a tenured Endowed Chair with an internationally recognized mid- to senior-career scientist in any aspect of Urban Entomology available October 1, 2017. The successful candidate will conduct fundamental and applied research on insects of importance to California’s urban environment and structural pest control industry. Research areas could include, but would not be limited to behavior, ecology, genetics, physiology and toxicology of urban and structural pests. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in urban pest management programs and interact with the structural pest control industry and the public. Research efforts must be consistent with the mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station and directed towards managing insects of importance to structures in the urban environment. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Entomology or related Life Science discipline. The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of strong training and experience with modern biological approaches to the study of integrated pest management of insects of importance in the urban environment. Continue reading