Friday, March 4, 2016

PAID - Field Assistants - Entomology

Full-time, summer months


Positions are available for undergraduate assistants (paid interns) to assist with a scientific field project that investigates ecofriendly production practices. 

Agricultural intensification, which includes a heavy reliance on chemical inputs, is a major contributor to beneficial insects and pollinator decline as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This project proposes to investigate more ecofriendly production practices such as using organic products and conservation practices to help enhance populations of pollinators and other beneficial organisms and reduce GHG emissions, weed and insect pest levels.  Our long term aim is to reduce chemical use in food production systems and associated environmental risks; and increase the number of producers engaged in local and regional food systems that use more ecofriendly practices.

Duties will include mainly plot maintenance with some weeding, data collection on pollinator diversity, insect and weed levels.  Applicants must be able to work in hot, humid conditions; an interest in field research is a must.

For additional information and to apply, please e-mail both Ms. Hanna M. Kahl (hkahl@umd.edu) and Mr. Peter Coffey (plcoffey@umd.edu). University of Maryland, Dept. of Entomology, 4112 Plant Sciences Bldg., College Park, MD 20742.