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WSU Mount Vernon NWREC is hiring! Join our research family!

Washington State University Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center (WSU NWREC) serves the agricultural, horticultural, and natural resource science interests of the state through research and extension activities. The mild, marine climate and rich alluvial soils of northwestern Washington support many diverse small-, mid- and large-sized farming enterprises. In this rural-urban interface, WSU NWREC researchers work to create sustainable solutions to agricultural challenges.

Current Positions

Fiscal Specialist

The WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is hiring an entry level fiscal person who can join our regional support team to help process purchasing and other transactions. The position is available either on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the skill set and career goals of the applicant. The successful applicant will be responsible for online purchasing, tracking and reconciliation of all purchases to ensure correct delivery and payment, maintain invoice logs and billing, and other fiscal responsibilities.

Permanent full-time qualifications: At least two years of experience at a level equivalent to Fiscal Specialist 1 AND 15 quarter hours OR 10 semester hours of college level accounting; OR equivalent education/experience. Ability to work independently and in a team; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and to interact effectively with persons of varying levels of responsibility and experience. Demonstrated knowledge and skill proficiency of financial or administrative systems. High attention to detail and excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel).

To apply: https://wsu.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WSU_Jobs/job/Fiscal-Specialist-2_R-389.

For more information: Please contact Tatum Weed, tatumweed@wsu.edu, 253-445-4554.

Farmer / Farm Manager
The WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is hiring a farmer who can drive tractor and other farm equipment. The position is available either on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the skill set and career goals of the applicant. The successful applicant will be responsible for carrying out farming activities at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.


Temporary full-time qualifications: Ability to operator tractors and other farm equipment, and interest in being part of a farm research team. Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

To apply for the temporary position: Email cover letter and resume to Dan Gorton, dgorton@wsu.edu.


Permanent full-time qualifications: Experience in farming practices, and scheduling and assigning agricultural field research. Knowledge of farm equipment and machinery, and facility maintenance and repair work. High school graduation and four years of general work experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction or repair work or completion of a recognized apprenticeship in a skilled mechanic trade; OR equivalent education/experience. Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

To apply: https://wsu.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WSU_Jobs/job/Maintenance-Mechanic-2_R-1209.

For more information: Please contact Dan Gorton, dgorton@wsu.edu, 360-848-6133.

Lab Technician

The Berry and Potato Pathology program at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC is hiring a lab technician to assist with an applied research program. The position is available either on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the skill set and career goals of the applicant. The successful applicant will assist with the design, set-up, maintenance, and completion of a diversity of lab, greenhouse, and field research/extension trials at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.


Temporary full-time qualifications: A BS degree in biological, agricultural, plant pathology, or experimental sciences. Molecular biology skills.


Permanent full-time qualifications: A BS/MS degree in plant pathology, biological, agricultural, or experimental sciences. Strong molecular biology skills.

For more information and to apply: Chakradhar Mattupalli, cmattupalli@wsu.edu, 360-848-6138

Temporary Positions, frequently available

WSU Mount Vernon NWREC has frequent opportunities for part-time temporary employment. The availability of temporary positions varies throughout the year and certain ongoing openings are not individually posted (general position descriptions are provided below.) If you are interested in applying, please email your completed application to ams.mountvernon@wsu.edu.

Title Closes Appointment Status
Service Worker I Ongoing Temporary Employee
Service Worker II Ongoing Temporary Employee
Service Worker III Ongoing Temporary Employee