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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

Horticultural Weed Scientist

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and problem-solving researcher and extension specialist to join an extraordinary team of scientists and extension experts in multiple disciplines, including plant pathology, horticulture, soil science, entomology, and plant breeding. This is an integrated research/extension/teaching position to begin August 1, 2023, or as negotiated, at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) and at the nearby WSU-Everett campus (37 miles south of NWREC). Funding has been secured for an initial 3-year appointment and is renewable based on funding availability and performance. The successful applicant will develop a nationally recognized and regionally relevant program focused on weed management of horticultural crops to enhance crop productivity while increasing profits and improving environmental quality. The position is fully funded for three years, and permanent funding support will be requested thereafter.


Responsibilities include the development a nationally recognized research and extension program emphasizing sustainable and effective weed management of horticultural crops including but not limited to blueberry, raspberry, potato, vegetable seed, flower bulbs, tree fruit, and greenhouse production. Programs must be based on stakeholder needs and effectively integrate research, extension and teaching, and be consistent with the mission of the WSU NWREC and CAHNRS Office of Research. The incumbent will teach lower-division university courses in Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS) each year and a weed science course as needed by CSS every other year.


  1. Ph.D. in weed science or closely related field, by date of hire, with sufficient depth in a discipline to address the breadth of weed management and sustainable farming systems in NW Washington; and
  2. Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in research, extension, and/or teaching commensurate with career level.


  1. Demonstrated teaching experience and commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring that support social justice, diversity, and inclusion;
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral and written forms;
  3. Record of competitive grant success commensurate with career level;
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of weed science applied research, integrated management systems, and sustainable agriculture;
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques applicable to weed management research;
  6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies;
  7. Demonstrated ability to disseminate information using digital media; and
  8. Demonstrated commitment to advancing the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Screening of application materials begins March 6, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit (Search R-8511) and applications must include the following materials: 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) teaching statement (one page limit), 4) research and extension statement (one page limit), 5) statement on contributions to equity and diversity (guidelines:, 6) copies of official college transcripts, and 7) the names and contact information for three people willing to serve as references. The cover letter should address all of the required and preferred qualifications for the position and include your areas of expertise and research interests.


For questions about the position, contact Dr. Drew Lyon, Search Committee Chair, at or 509-335-2961.

Horticultural Weed Scientist (WSU Jobs)

Research Associate/Project Manager (term, renewable)
The Research Associate/Project Manager will assist the project director and co-project director, Drs. Lisa DeVetter and Markus Flury, respectively, with management of a 4-year long project funded through the USDA NIFA SCRI program. The focus of the project is improving end-of-life outcomes of plastic mulch film in diverse strawberry systems through exploration of new mulch and recycling technologies and understanding their impacts on economic strawberry production, soil and environmental health, and sociocultural outcomes. The project team includes 23 people (plus graduate students and postdoctoral researchers) from 10 institutions from states including Washington, California, Florida, Tennessee, and Nebraska.

The Project Manager will assist in activities including providing support with managing project logistics, reporting, communication, outreach, organization, and budget oversight. Additionally, the Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating monthly meetings with the PD and co-PIs, quarterly for the entire project team, and annually for the whole team and Advisory Board. Other duties include: providing data management assistance in accordance with the USDA NIFA requirements for project team members; compiling and drafting annual progress reports to USDA NIFA and the Advisory Board (with assistance from an Advisory Board lead); serving as scientific and administrative liaison for the Advisory Board; monitoring project expenditures and cost-share budgets; communicating with the Evaluation Specialist; and working with the Communication Specialist on development of outreach deliverables (e.g., webinars, website updates, etc.) in collaboration with the Outreach Team. Remote work is optional.

Administrative Organization and Logistics (30%); Reporting and Communication (30%); Budget Management (30%);Troubleshooting, Liaising and Mediating (5%); Other (5%)

Required Qualifications

  • An MS degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent related experiences performing professional-level work. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Needs to have scientific and project management skills.
  • An understanding of research protocols and the scientific method is required.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organization, project management, and communication is also required.
  • Needs to have attention to detail and be able to multi-task.
  • Experience in federal grant reporting.
  • Be committed to the core values of excellence, diversity, research integrity, global involvement, and accountability.
  • Have knowledge of relevant software for effective project management.
  • Have experience in developing and tracking budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with procurement and management of extramural funding.
  • Agricultural research experience.
  • Extension and outreach experience.
  • Organization, management, basic accounting, strong written and verbal communication skills, and understanding of scientific and agricultural research.
  • Experience working with a diversity of people.
  • Experience in motivating effective team work that are aligned with project objectives.
  • Postdoctoral experience.

To apply

Interested applicants should apply by 11:59PM on November 9, 2022. Review and apply at:

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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

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