General Information

Job Description LAB AST 3 Working Title Laboratory Assistant 3
Job Code 009602 Grade
Department Name Entomology - D01048 Department Head Richard Redak
Supervisor Houston Wilson Effective Date 06/01/2023
Position(s) Directly Supervised
Job Code Title FTE

Department Custom Scope
Research projects in the Wilson Lab focus on the development and evaluation of integrated pest management strategies for deciduous tree and vine crops in California. Studies span multiple crops (e.g. pistachios, almonds, walnuts, figs, grapes etc.) and pests (e.g. leaffooted bug, navel orangeworm, walnut husk fly etc.) and experiments take place in a laboratory and/or field setting. Dr. Wilson works closely with a Staff Research Associate and Postdoctoral Scholars, who help coordinate all experimental activities, maintain communication with academic/industry collaborators, as well as facilitate the acquisition, organization and preparation of all lab and field supplies. Laboratory Assistants work directly with the Staff Research Associate and/or Postdoctoral Scholars, who provides guidance on what work activities need to take place within a daily and weekly schedule. This position is located at UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) in Parlier, CA.

Education & Experience Requirements

Education Requirements
Degree Requirement
Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and three years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and two years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. Required

Experience Requirements
Experience Requirement
Minimum of 2 years of experience Required

License Requirements
License Requirement
Valid Drivers License Required

Certification Requirements
Certification Requirement

Educational Condition Requirements
Condition Requirement

Key Responsibilities

Description % Time
Independent collection and preservation of insect and plant material from field sites. Use of University vehicle may be required.
Advanced insect/plant identification (e.g. differentiating closely related species) and dissection (e.g. determining insect reproductive status)
Preparation and organization of supplies (e.g. coolers, collecting nets and vials, insect traps etc.) and equipment (e.g. all-terrain vehicles, trailers) for use in laboratory and/or field experiments
Establishment and regular maintenance of routine insect cultures (e.g. navel orangeworm, leaffooted plant bug)
Regular observations of more delicate and nuanced experiments
Formulation and storage of artificial diets (or plant material) for insect colonies,

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirement
Skills in field collection, preservation, identification and dissection of insect and plant material Required
Ability to safely operate large SUVs, all-terrain vehicles, attach/detach/pull trailers Required
Skills with insect colony maintenance, sanitation and diet preparation Required
Knowledge to prepare and organize entomology lab and field supplies and sampling material Required

Special Requirements & Conditions
Special Condition Requirement

Other Special Requirements & Conditions

Level of Supervision Received
General Supervision


Working Environment
UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) in Parlier, CA

Other Requirements

Items Used
  • Autoclave
  • All-terrain vehicle
  • Large SUV
  • Standard Office Equipment
  • Standard Laboratory Equipment.
  • Commercial dishwasher
  • Trailers

Physical Requirements
  • Crawl : Occasionally
  • Sit : Frequently
  • Other : Extreme climate conditions (working outdoors in commercial orchards/vineyards) such as heat, cold, sun, wind and dust.
  • Squat : Occasionally
  • Stand : Frequently
  • Climb : Occasionally
  • Walk : Frequently
  • Bend : Occasionally

Mental Requirements
  • Write : Occasionally
  • Communicate Orally : Frequently
  • Read/Comprehend : Frequently
  • Reason & Analyze : Frequently
  • Perform Calculations : Frequently

Environmental Requirements
  • Fumes : No
  • Dust : Yes
  • Works in confined quarters : No
  • Is exposed to excessive noise : No
  • Is around moving machinery : No
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity : Yes
  • Drives motorized equipment : Yes

Critical Position

Is Critical Position: No

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