(Student Position) Plant Sciences Research Assistant

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(Student Position) Plant Sciences Research Assistant





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Student - Sheridan

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Flexible hours

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Job Summary:

In collaboration with Dr. Erickson, student research assistants will develop, design and carry-out a research project to examine some relationship between plants and their environment. Questions may include: 1) Carbon uptake and competition of weedy plant species versus native or cultivated species; 2) The effect of native, cultivated and/or weedy plant species on pollinator numbers and diversity; 3) The effect of mycorrhizal inoculation on plant productivity; 4) Vegetable cultivation strategies to improve production or extend season; or other topics of interest.

Secondary duties may include aiding in the establishment of grape vines, other fruit crops and perennial flower beds and aiding in maintenance of existing landscapes and vegetable crops.

$14.00 / hr

Reports To:

Dr. Ami Erickson, Instructor of Horticulture


•Good Conduct and Academic Standing with the college
•Sheridan College Student currently enrolled
•Cumulative GPA is 2.0 or greater
•Completion of at least 1 science or agriculture course; more than 1 science or agriculture class is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Curiosity
• Interest in plants and the environment
• Problem solving skills
• Ability to use computers for a variety of applications
• Familiarity with the scientific method
• Ability to read and understand instruction manuals and other science literature
• Ability to follow instructions
• Willingness to respond to queries and surveys from the University of Wyoming and NIH for grant funding requirements beyond the employment dates.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

• Much of the work will be completed outdoors during variable weather conditions.
• Willingness to work in heat and cool weather is necessary
• Willingness to work in the soil and, possibly get dirty, is also necessary.
• Water, chemicals, dust, pollen, weeds and other irritants may be a factor of the work environment.
• Some lifting and carrying of medium to large scale equipment may be required.
• Hearing and eye protection will be required for some activities.

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• Design a research project in collaboration with Dr. Erickson
• Consistently and reliably conduct the experiment, ensuring that plants and/or insects involved in the study are properly cared for and that accurate data is collected.
• Careful maintenance of research and field equipment
• Follow all safety protocols
• Watering, weeding, cultivating plants as needed
• Assist in other Agriculture Field lab projects




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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time