*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: Two research opportunities are available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center located in Parlier, California.
Research Project: The proposed project will involve postharvest fumigation research to control the blueberry maggot and spotted wing drosophila. The selected participant will be able to identify the efficacy of treatments by counting flies that emerge from treated and non-treated blueberries. In addition, the project will explore trapping the flies from blueberry plantings, so checking the flies for traps will also be a focus.
The day-to-day activities associated with this project will include: dissecting blueberries to search for maggots, preparing cages to house infested blueberries, checking traps, as well as, recording, analyzing and reporting data.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the project, the participant will have gained a deeper understanding of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and conventional control of blueberry maggot, a serious pest of concern to US blueberry growers.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Spencer Walse (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one month, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code (USDA-ARS-2021-0144) for this opportunity.