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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

Horticultural Crops Entomologist
The Department of Entomology is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and problem-solving teacher and leader to join an extraordinary team of scientists and extension experts in multiple disciplines, including plant pathology, horticulture, soil science, plant breeding, and weed science. As an integral part of this team, we are looking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track (assistant professor rank) teaching and research/extension position; start date to be negotiated. The successful applicant will develop a nationally recognized and regionally relevant program focused on entomology of horticultural crops to enhance crop productivity while increasing profits and improving environmental quality. The successful candidate will be housed at the Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center for research and extension activities and the WSU-Everett campus for teaching courses.

Required Qualifications:

  • By the date of hire, earned Ph.D. in entomology or closely related field, with depth in a discipline and the ability to address the breadth of insect pest ecology and management and sustainable farming systems; and
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in research, extension, and/or teaching commensurate with career level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral and written forms;
  • Record of competitive grant success commensurate with career level;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of insect pest applied research, integrated pest management (IPM), and sustainable agricultural systems;
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques applicable to IPM and insect pest management research;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies;
  • Demonstrated ability to disseminate web-based information; and
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching and student mentoring.

For more information and to apply: Contact Dr. Doug Walsh, Search Committee Chair, at or 509-786-9287.

Administrative Assistant 2

The Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center is hiring an Administrative Assistant 2. This position provides direct administrative support to the Director and Associate Director of WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC). This position serves as the initial point of administrative contact, often on complex and confidential issues, for all external constituencies, such as other WSU units both in Pullman and throughout the state; and with federal, state, county, and local government agencies and the community at large. This position assists the Director and Associate Director in a broad range of responsibilities related to the activities and operations of WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, and performs or helps coordinate a variety of administrative, support, and follow-up activities for the Director and Associate Director with the highest level of efficiency and attention to detail. Serving as the initial point of contact for NWREC and providing event and communications coordination and front office assistance for the Director and Center Programs. This position requires a high degree of professionalism, independent judgment and decision-making, confidentiality, discretion, and strong organizational skills.

Required Qualifications:

  • One year of experience as an Administrative Assistant 1 OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or closely allied field AND two years of responsible office experience at the senior clerical level or higher.
  • Clerical or office work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Graduate study may substitute for experience on a year for year basis.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment and success working with people from diverse backgrounds in culturally sustaining ways.
  • Work experience that demonstrates an ability to function positively under pressure in a fast-paced, professional environment; to take initiative to organize and prioritize multiple assignments and projects efficiently with attention to detail; and to manage interruptions, meet deadlines, and provide high quality service to all constituents.
  • Experience organizing and expressing ideas in oral and written communication, including composing and editing correspondence and documentation.
  • Work experience that demonstrates competency, proficiency, and accuracy using software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams.
  • Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience providing complex administrative oversight and assistance to an office, preferable in a higher education environment, and ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Experience with coordinating, designing and/or maintaining websites, brochures, manuals, handbooks, press releases, videography, and other external communications.

For more information and to apply:

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
Service Worker I Ongoing Temporary Employee
Service Worker II Ongoing Temporary Employee
Service Worker III Ongoing Temporary Employee