Terms needed: Any - Preference may be given to students who can work through the month of September. 

Faculty mentor name: Christina Hagerty

BES Facility: CBARC

Location (town) of internship: Adams/Pendleton

Hourly Salary: $15.00 Expected hours/week: 40

Student may be asked to work on weekends or outside of 8-5.  Most weeks we work 7:30 – 4pm M-F, However Student may be asked to work 40 hours as 4-ten hour days in some weeks.

Are Housing Benefits included in addition to hourly salary? no

Student will have interaction with minors or access to hazardous chemicals. Student will need to complete a criminal background check.

Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background.

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Pendleton Cereal Pathology lab is focused on serving the producers and stakeholders of high quality Oregon wheat. Our is to conduct relevant, practical, and applied research on the biology and control of plant-pathogenic fungi and nematodes that limit yields of dryland wheat production in the Inland Pacific Northwest. We work with many pathogens including Soilborne wheat mosaic virus, Fusarium crown rot, rust, Septoria leaf blotch, Eyespot, and nematodes including Cereal cyst nematode and Root lesion nematode. Ultimately, these pests hurt profitability for farmers; our research effort is to develop affordable solutions to help farmers. Our lab is focused on many solutions including: identifying sources of genetic resistance to pests of interest, trialing seed treatments, and testing fungicides. We are also working to understand pathogen/nematode dynamics, variety blends, and fungicide resistance.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

For this project, the student intern will be expected to spend 20-35 hours per week outdoors and up to 20 hours per week in an indoor lab/greenhouse.

The intern will be working directly with other lab members to develop project work plans as part of a general research effort in the program. We can accommodate if the student has specific interests (e.g. Seeking lab experience? Seeking field work experience? Seeking data management experience?), as there are many projects going on in the program.

1)      Help prepare for research plot harvest. Manage plots maps and label harvest bags

2)      Sample plants from research plots, evaluate for root mass and disease

3)      Help harvest plots

4)      Weigh grain from harvested plots and enter data

5)      Help maintain a clean and safe working environment

Interest in science/agronomy and farm experience is desirable.

Required skills: Timeliness, good attitude, attention to detail, able to work in hot/dry/dusty conditions. Work will be challenging but gratifying.