Undergraduate Employment

Undergraduate Employment Opportunities: 2016

Job 1: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Start date: May 16 2016; position open until filled

Description & Duties:

This is a full-time position in the Department of Horticultural Science in Dr. Mary Rogers’ lab on UMN’s St. Paul campus. Our lab focuses on organic and sustainable horticultural food production systems.  Currently, we have several agricultural research projects, including a day-neutral, low-tunnel strawberry fertility study and an integrated pest management (IPM) research project evaluating several broccoli cultivars. 

In this position, the prospective undergrad employee would work closely with several graduate students both in the field and in the lab.  Field work includes, but is not limited to, planting, maintaining, and harvesting strawberries and broccoli; preparing and applying weekly fertilizer; weekly harvesting and data collection on strawberries; weekly insect monitoring on broccoli; photographing; and assisting in a controlled herbivory study. Lab work includes, but is not limited to, plant material processing, insect identification, data entry, and general tidiness and organization.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to work cooperatively and independently
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn


  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Must be able and willing to work up to 40 hrs/week outdoors
  • Must be enrolled as a full time student for Fall 2016

 Rate of pay: dependent upon work study funds and experience; $9.00 - $10.00/hour

Hours/Week: 40 hrs/week, Monday – Friday; vacation time negotiable

Application Instructions: Please provide a resume and a brief statement about why you’d like this position to Rubinstein at rubin097@umn.edu or Aimee Talbot at foste306@umn.edu .  

Job 2:

Contact Heidi Anderson at ande9063@umn.edu