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SRA 1 (Coachella Valley Argicultural Research Station, Thermal CA)
SRA 1 (COACHELLA VALLEY ARGICULTURAL RESEARCH STATION, THERMAL CA)
8AM - 5PM
$43,704 - $52,200
Under direction of the PI, this position will support 2 projects being conducted in the Coachella Valley. The first project is designed to understand the factors that contribute to skin separation in dates. This is a plant physiological issue, which we hypothesize is related to the water balance in the date palm. Not only is the amount of water critical, but we believe that skin separation is caused by overwatering during the time when the date fruit are maturing from the period of maximum growth (Khalal stage), to the color-changing stage (Tamar stage). For this study, the incumbent will be responsible for daily oversight of the field study. This will entail maintenance of the irrigation system and all environmental monitoring equipment, applying irrigation treatments, applying fertilizer treatments, implementing date bunch treatments, general husbandry of the dates and all practices related to harvest. In addition, the incumbent will be involved with assessing the dates for level of skin separation. The second project involves the biological control of the pink hibiscus mealybug using parasitic wasps. The incumbent will be in charge of local processes at the parasitoid rearing facility, located at the Coachella Valley Agricultural Research Station. Three trailers will house the various insects (mealybugs, and 2 species of parasitoids). The incumbent will be involved in planting, raising, harvesting, and transporting squash for mealybug colonies, infesting and monitoring mealybug colony status, setting up and monitoring both parasitoid species in colony, harvesting, and distributing mealybugs throughout the Coachella Valley. The incumbent also will be involved in post-release monitoring and they will be the local contact for the project.
Education or experience equivalent to Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Entomology, Agriculture, Horticulture or a similar discipline. Familiarity with the geography of the Coachella Valley, both urban areas and agricultural areas. Skill in keeping detailed records of insect rearing operations and field data. Able to climb ladder (10 feet) to reach date bunches. Able to work in the hot climatic conditions in the Coachella Valley. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. General knowledge of insect and mite pests in Coachella Valley agriculture. Ability to work on occasional weekends to meet the demands of the position.
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