USDA-ARS Seasonal position; Fort Collins, CO; plant phys, hydrology, micrometeorology

The USDA Agricultural Research Service Water Management and Systems Research Unit will be hiring a seasonal position starting spring of 2020. This position will be full-time during the summer and may extend to part-time through the remainder of the year. Salary will range from $13.39 to $16.40 per hour depending on education and experience. This position will be hired as a temporary federal position with paid holidays, sick and annual leave, and may be renewable annually. A valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license and U.S. citizenship is required. We will also consider students eligible for CSU Work-Study.

The position will support research on plant anatomy and physiology, micrometeorology, and watershed hydrology with the overall research goal of improving understanding of water resource availability, and interactions between agricultural productivity and climate variability. The position will be supervised by research scientists and will provide opportunities to gain experience with plant physiology and anatomy lab techniques; data collection, entry, and processing; remote sensing; and installation and maintenance of meteorological and hydrological instrumentation. Work will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor settings and may involve sitting for long periods of time or physical activity under potentially extreme working conditions (e.g., high heat, pollen levels). A familiarity with plant biology, and spreadsheets is required. Experience with computational coding or a willingness to learn (R or Python) is highly desired.

Position details Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ incumbent will assist in the collection and processing of plant physiological and anatomical data; management of greenhouse and field crops for scientific experiments; maintenance and installation of meteorological sensors; and general labor in indoor and outdoor settings. Suggested majors are Horticulture, Crop or Soil Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resources, Atmospheric Science, Hydrology.

Applications are due by noon on March 16th, and we plan to interview during the week of March 23rd. Please send electronic applications with a subject line of Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â~Student technician positionÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm). Applicants should apply directly to Dave Barnard (contact information below) by sending a one-page cover letter expressing interest in the position; a resume with contact information; statement of U.S. citizenship; work history; education (year and major); and other relevant experiences; list of references; and a copy of unofficial transcripts.

Apply to:

Dr. David Barnard (Dave), Research Agroecologist, 970-492-7404,