Lab Assistant (9603C) 13267

Lab Assistant (9603C) 13267 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 8, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM), a multidisciplinary academic department in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) on the Berkeley campus, encompasses basic and applied aspects of biological, physical and social sciences as applied to natural resources and natural resource-based production systems in support of the education, research, and extension programs of CNR. ESPM is the largest of the four departments in CNR, and is organized into three divisions: Ecosystem Sciences, Organisms and Environment, and Society and Environment, with an annual budget of over $65 million in state, federal and private funds. The department has more than 400 employees, which include >80 faculty and cooperative extension specialists.

Daane's Research Group focuses on the development arthropod (e.g., insects, spiders, mites) control programs that have a foundation in biological control, integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture systems. Research and extension programs are conducted in vineyards, olives, stone fruit, pistachios, almonds, and a mixture of vegetable cropping systems. Work is primarily conducted in the Central Valley for tree nuts /fruits, table and raisin grape, and vegetable crops; and the north coast, Lodi-Woodbridge and central coast for winegrapes.

  • Responsible for fieldwork that primarily consists of organizing travel to commercial field and collecting plant material and counting insects.
  • Performing insectary (40%) and laboratory (20%) and field (40%) work such as maintaining laboratory colonies of insects and their natural enemies, using a microscope to sort and count insect from field collections, performing standard laboratory procedures related to insect biology and ecology.
  • Data entry of quarantine, lab studies and field-work.
  • Helping organize personnel for different projects, organizing and maintaining safety equipment and lab safety protocols, instructing new employees on lab safety, lab structure, and time cards.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge or ability to learn insect rearing systems, including insect diet preparation, feeding natural enemies and spiders (e.g., black widow spiders), and maintaining multiple species-specific insect colonies
  • Knowledge or ability to learn proper quarantine procedures and/or an understanding of bio-control and invasive species problems (e.g., spotted lantern fly)
  • Ability to work with small insects including insect dissections.
  • Must be able to work under supervision of post doctorate researchers, and also be able to work independently on specific task assignments.
  • Must be willing to work outside in hot or cool weather, and attentive to details.
  • Research focuses on sustainable agriculture and biological control and ecology of insect pests and natural enemies and desirable candidates would have an interest in agriculture, entomology, ecology or sustainable program development.
  • Must be able to organize laboratory personnel, have a personality that includes leadership roles, work alongside both undergraduate summer employees and post doctorate researchers.
  • Must be able to work with or near pesticides in a competent and safe manner.
  • Must be able to work with small insects (eye hand dexterity).
  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and at least one season of field experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in agriculture, insectary or insect ecology/ control programs is preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of Google docs, internet, excel, MS word, and some statistics / math is preferred but not required.
  • Pest Control Applicators license is preferred but not required.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a part-time (20-hours per week) career appointment eligible for full UC Benefits.

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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