Horticulture Extension Technical Assistant

Oregon State University

The Dalles, Oregon

Job Type Full Time

This recruitment will be used to fill two part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Horticulture Extension Technical Assistant (Fruit Tree Research Assistant) position for the Department of Horticultural, Extension Field at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in The Dalles, OR

Extension fruit tree horticulturist, Dr. Ashley Thompson, seeks an independent student with good attention to detail to assist her with research and extension projects in The Dalles and Hood River. The student will assist with data collection, and lab work in commercial cherry and pear orchards. The student will also have the opportunity to connect with growers at workshops.

Student will collect data on tree growth, soil health and fruit quality.

Position Duties

This position will be 75% outdoor data collection in commercial

Orchards and 25% indoor lab work.

Outdoor data collection:

  • Measuring tree growth
  • Measuring soil moisture
  • Measuring tree canopy light interception

Indoor data collection:

  • Measuring fruit firmness using a fruit texture analyzer
  • Measuring fruit size and weight
  • Measuring fruit acids by titration
  • Measuring fruit sugars

Minimum Qualifications
Employment Eligibility Requirements (

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Must be OK working outdoors during inclement weather.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

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