Entomology Program Assistant

Entomology Program Assistant Position


Position Summary:

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Entomology Program is seeking a Seasonal Program Assistant to provide full-time support for agriculture-related research trials and assist in day-to-day operations at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (LIHREC) located in Riverhead, NY. The Seasonal Program Assistant will be expected to work 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (30-40 hours per week) . The position will start in May 2024 and end in September 2024 with the option of continuing part-time work in the fall if available.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain on-site and off-site research trials
  • Perform farm/greenhouse duties including but not limited to planting, potting, weeding, watering, and cleaning greenhouse and/or farm equipment)
  • Assist with data collection and entry
  • Travel weekly to off-site locations to install and replace insect traps
  • Manage program files and records
  • Record photographs and/or videos of experiments for documentation and future presentations

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent GED, plus 6 months volunteer or work experience.
  • Ability to work outdoors and perform various field activities.
  • Ability to work with and touch live insects (i.e., aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, and other common garden pests).
  • Ability to understand and implement written and oral communication.
  • Must be reliable and able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to lift 20-30 lbs. unassisted.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position, including valid NYS driver’s license and personal vehicle for on-the-job transportation, 3 years driving experience, and able to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.Mileage reimbursed at Federal rate.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate or defined in the offer letter.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (ex. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or equivalent software.
  • Comfortable working in an agricultural setting in proximity to various farming operations, tools, and equipment.
  • Able to understand and follow all safety and work site policies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience volunteering or working in agriculture.
  • Interest in entomology, agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, or any other related life science.

Salary: $17 - $19.00/hr

Closing Date: Until position is filled

How to Apply:

To apply, please download and complete the temporary employment application at www.ccesuffolk.org/employment-opportunities/. Email the completed application, attached with your resume and cover letter to Jared Dyer ( jd852@cornell.edu). In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant experience and interest in the position. We thank all applicants for their interest in the position. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Last updated March 27, 2024