Staff Research Associated 2 (Insect Rearing / Spanish Extension) in Riverside, CA 92521  (University area)

University of California, Riverside

Position Information

The purpose of this position is to (1) assist the Wilson Lab lab manager (SRA IV), (2) establish and maintain multiple insect colonies, and (3) develop a Spanish-language extension and outreach program focused on entomology and sustainable agriculture.

The full salary range for the Staff Research Associate 2 (Insect Rearing/Spanish Extension) is $28.04 – $45.11 per hour. However, the expected pay scale for this position is $28.04 – $31.56 per hour. We base salary offers on a variety of considerations, such as education, licensure and certifications, experience, and other business and organizational needs.

Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.

As a university employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Education Requirements



Bachelors degree in environmental science, entomology, ecology or a related field.





Valid US drivers license





Minimum of 3-4 years of experience assisting with research in the field of agricultural entomology


Minimum of 2-3 years of experience rearing and maintaining insect colonies


Minimum of 1-2 years of experience conducting extension and outreach in Spanish


Special Conditions

Special Condition


Valid Drivers License


Minimum Requirements

Ability to operating vehicles, including the lab vehicle (large SUV), electric golf cart, and 4-wheel ATVs. Hitching and towing a large trailer to/from field sites, including loading/unloading ATVs.
Knowledge of insect colony maintenance and rearing, including provision of food/water, adjusting light/temperature/humidity conditions, monitoring colony health and hygiene, and use of incubators.
Field entomology skills, including insect observation, collection, preservation/transport and identification.
Working knowledge of greenhouse plant propagation and maintenance, both annual and perennial plants for use in insect colonies and experiments.
Strong knowledge of entomology with an emphasis in agricultural entomology and the insects commonly encountered in tree nuts, stone fruit and figs in California.
Skills in manipulation of small organisms with forceps, tweezers, paint brush etc.
Ability to work under extreme environmental conditions (>95F, sunny, dusty) for long periods of time (8 hours/day) and independently lift 50lbs.
Data management, including organization, backup and analysis.
Competency working with stereo and imaging microscopes, sometimes for long periods of time (>4 hours/day).
Experience with extension and outreach, including curriculum/activity development, identification of appropriate local/regional audiences, building partnerships with community stakeholders/groups, delivery of information and conducting programmatic evaluations.
Fluency in Spanish.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of agronomic and ecological aspects of tree nut, stone fruit and fig production in California.

Familiarity with current research in tree nut, stone fruit and figs in California.

Experience with social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities’ air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine’s 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings. UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. – U.S. News 2020 UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color. Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. – Business Insider 2019 Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR’s Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. – Center for World University Rankings UCR’s distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.