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Employment Opportunity | WSU AgWeatherNet Program | Field Meteorologist(3)

Unit:  Washington State University AgWeatherNet Program

Positions: Field Meteorologists (3)

Close Date:  06/17/2019

The WSU AgWeatherNet (AWN) program maintains a state-wide network of automated weather stations and an online platform (weather.wsu.edu) for dissemination of weather data and weather-related near-real time decision support tools.

Field Meteorologists are responsible for the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of high-quality weather station data. Position is responsible for monitoring and maintaining weather station equipment; locating appropriate sites for station placement; configuring and installing new stations, sensors and related equipment; ensuring sensors are calibrated; implementing, improving, interpreting data quality assurance algorithms and producing reports as needed for distribution to agricultural stakeholders.

Field Meteorologists are responsible for educating stakeholders and the general public on the use and interpretation of weather data and associated decision-support tools, contributing to regional meteorological extension and outreach that facilitates and promotes the use of AgWeatherNet tools. Field Meteorologists also provide consultation and technical support for research and extension programs. There is an expectation that Field Meteorologists initiate system improvements and collaborate with technical and other support staff in providing expert-level knowledge to create workable solutions for research, extension and operations.

For more information, search for position #129011 (Wenatchee), #129016 (Prosser), and #129017 (Mt. Vernon) at https://www.wsujobs.com/ . Closing date is 06/17/2019. EO/AA/ADA Educator and Employer.

 

Workshop covers lab and greenhouse methods of working with the brassica black leg pathogen

Jim davis uses tweezers to work separate specimens on a lab bench.
Jim Davis isolating the black leg pathogen from canola stems.

On July 15, 2015, Jim Davis and Megan Wingerson from the Canola, Rapeseed, and Mustard Program at the University of Idaho (http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/brassica/) visited Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC for a hands-on workshop that covered lab and greenhouse methods of working with the brassica black leg pathogen, Phoma lingam (Leptosphaeria maculans and L. biglobosa). Jim and Megan worked with Lindsey and Mike Derie, Scientific Assistant in Lindsey’s program, on inoculating brassica seedlings, isolating the pathogen from infected plant material, culturing the fungus, single-spore isolations, seed health assays, etc. This workshop was held in response to the 2014 outbreak of black leg across the Willamette Valley of Oregon, as well as finding black leg in more than 15 winter canola crops in Idaho (from Grangeville to Moscow) and in winter canola crops in Umatilla Co., Oregon in spring 2015.