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Seasonal Agricultural Field Scout Intern

Company: ValleyAg Consulting Services
Location: Modesto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description Job Objective: To support the business owner/Pest Control Advisor (PCA) with the collection and communication of accurate pest monitoring data and observations that the PCA can use for making effective pest management recommendations for local farms. A secondary objective is to assist the PCA with collecting tissue, soil, and water samples at key stages of crop growth. Job Summary: Insect pest monitoring will include the installation, maintenance, and weekly monitoring of insect traps from early-March through mid-October in fields located within San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties. This specific task will require approximately 12 16 hours of time each week. Additional time will be spent walking fields to scout for the presence of other insects (both insect pests & beneficial insects), diseases, weeds, vertebrate pests, and signs of crop injury from such pests. Findings will then be accurately recorded and communicated to the PCA. Collection of leaf, soil, and irrigation water samples will also be made at key crop stages and then be submitted to laboratories for analysis. Employee training will be provided by the business owner/PCA. This job will offer experience for individuals who are seeking to earn a PCA and/or Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) license. Job Duties: 1. Weekly insect trap monitoring & maintenance from early-March through mid-October. 2. Pest scouting & monitoring for additional insect pests, beneficial insects, diseases, weeds, etc. 3. Accurate communication of field scouting data to the PCA. 4. April, May, July, and harvest crop tissue sampling; Summer/fall soil sampling; Harvest sample collections. 4. Dormant spur wood collection for scale insect/disease monitoring in the month of December (if available). Minimum Job Qualifications: 1. High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED). 2. Self-starter with a strong work ethic and an attention for detail. 3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 4. A valid Class C Drivers License and a clean DMV driving record. 5. Employee must provide their own personal vehicle for daily travel to and from fields. (Job candidates who apply, acknowledge they are willing to drive their personal vehicle through field conditions that may be muddy or dusty at times. A 4x4 pickup truck is recommended, but is not required.) 6. Proof of current personal vehicle insurance with minimum liability limits. 7. Photocopy of Social Security Card with S.S. number clearly visible. 8. One+ years of experience or education in an ag-related field is desired but not required. Compensation: 1. Hourly Wage: $15.00/hour 2. Personal Vehicle Mileage Reimbursement: $0.56/mile traveled 3. Mobile Phone Use Reimbursement: $5.00 per 2-week pay period. If phone is also used for scouting with a field scouting App, the phone reimbursement will be $10.00/ pay period. Company Description ValleyAg Consulting Services is a small, independent consulting business that began serving local growers in the northern San Joaquin Valley in 2010. We strive to provide our grower-clients with valuable, on-time information regarding pest pressure and the need for pest control measures, crop nutrition, soil health, and irrigation management for their orchards. The timely distribution of this information supplies clients and their farm managers with the knowledge to implement intelligent, on-farm decisions that return maximum crop yields, crop quality, and economic returns to their farm businesses.

Keywords: ValleyAg Consulting Services, Modesto , Seasonal Agricultural Field Scout Intern, Other , Modesto, California

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