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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking a number of individuals for seasonal job openings throughout the state this summer.

One position is associated with the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program’s pest survey season (mid-May through August 31, 2013). The position will be headquartered at the Gus R. Douglass Agricultural Center at Guthrie, near Charleston, and will perform laboratory work with some limited field work away from the office.

The applicants for these positions should be able to read county highway, farm and topographical maps, and be able to interact with private landowners and the general public in a professional manner.

College students with backgrounds in agriculture, entomology, biology, zoology, plant sciences, botany, plant pathology, weed science or equivalent experience are preferred. The position might require overnight travel and use of a personal vehicle with travel expenses reimbursed.

Other positions associated with the Cooperative Forest Health Protection (CFHP) Program will be headquartered at the Guthrie Center, but require travel throughout the state. These individuals will conduct insect and disease survey work along with associated laboratory work from mid-May through August 31, 2013.

There will be several seasonal employees needed to work throughout the state in the Gypsy Moth trapping program (April through August 31, 2013). These positions are associated with the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program that is cooperative with the USDA Forest Service and will be located in the central and southern counties of the state.

For the gypsy moth trapping and forest survey work, the WVDA prefers college students with studies in entomology, plant pathology, forestry or other biological science, or equivalent experience, who can be trained to read topographic maps, a compass and GPS units.

Pay ranges from $11.00-$13.60 per hour, depending on previous employment with WVDA seasonal programs or equivalent experience. Employees are required to use their own vehicles in some instances, but will be reimbursed for mileage.

For more information and/or applications, contact Kelly Riffe, WVDA Plant Industries Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, WV 25305-0191; 304-558-2212 or e-mail kriffe@wvda.us. Application deadline is Monday, February 25, by 4 p.m. WVDA is an equal opportunity employer.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.wvagriculture.org.



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