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The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Genetic Improvement of Fruits and
Vegetables Laboratory in Beltsville, MD, is accepting applications for two
temporary Agricultural Science Aid positions. Full-time work during the
summer can transition to part-time during the school year if desired. US
citizenship is required. Selective Service Registration is required for
males 18 years old. Applicants must be capable of following directions,
keeping detailed and accurate records, using a computer, willing and able
to undertake some strenuous tasks in outdoor and greenhouse work
environments, able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs, and have a valid US-issued
driver’s license. Freshmen can be hired at a GS2 level ($14.99/hr) with 3
or more months of general work experience. Those with at least 6 semester
hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as
biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany,
physics, agriculture, or mathematics, can be hired at a GS3 level
($16.36/hr). The project is about strawberry breeding with opportunities to
learn basic skills and safety protocols in the field, and greenhouse,
working with experienced technicians and scientists. We’re looking for
students who want practical experience to support their careers in
agriculture. E-mail Dr. Kim Lewers ([log in to unmask]) with your
available dates, hours and resume; include contact information for listed
references. It may seem early to apply for a summer job, but the hiring
process takes at least two months after we select people for the job, so
please consider reaching out today.



Pay table web site:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/23Tables/html/DCB_h.aspx



Field work includes planting, maintaining, weeding, and harvesting crop
plantings, packaging fruit for further evaluation and maintaining plant
identity through labeling. Greenhouse work includes transplanting
seedlings, potting and propagating, fertilizing plants and managing pests
with predator insects.



In addition to on-the-job experience, access may be provided to Ag-Learn, a
USDA on-line training site that provides excellent on-line training in many
diverse areas important for all jobs: internet security awareness,
environmentally friendly waste management, diversity in the workplace, MS
Office proficiency, lab safety, and many others.

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