UA Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) has a goal to develop, deliver and service the best integrated agricultural technologies for all problems faced by Arizona consumers and producers. Research focuses on cotton, small grains, alfalfa, and new specialty crops that could be used to provide fibers, oils, and pharmaceuticals. MAC (http://cals-mac.arizona.edu/), based in Maricopa, will offer internships in various areas of their lab facility. This is an unpaid internship but the experience will be invaluable. The company is flexible with their work hours. Applicants must be continuing EMCC students and have a minimum of 2.5 G.P.A or a recommendation from your SWSC instructor. If you would like assistance in preparing the required materials; cover letter, application and resume or in preparing for an interview, please contact the Career Center at 623.935.8740.
In your cover letter please state which research area you would be interested in participating in and why. For more information on MAC’s research go it: http://cals.arizona.edu/aes/mac/research.htm
Environmental Water Quality/Microbiology
Assist with glassware washing, sterilization of glassware, preparation of media and reagents for a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) Environmental Water Quality/Microbiology Laboratory. Student will also assist in field sampling and analysis of environmental samples under the direction and supervision of the laboratory manager. Student must be self-motivated and excited to learn basic microbiological techniques, with the opportunity to learn more advanced techniques used for screening samples for pathogens and molecular confirmation. Student must possess a good driving record and willingness to travel to Tucson for some training courses necessary to work in the BSL-2 lab. Basic computer skills recommended.
Cropping Systems Program
The Cropping Systems program at Maricopa Ag Center is built to help Arizona growers and industries to improve profitability, efficiency, and competitiveness in their production. More specifically, we work on cotton production, crop rotation, and development of alternative crops. Cultural practices and nutrient management are two main focuses in the program.
Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control Research Unit
The mission of the Pest Management and Biocontrol Research unit is to develop unique and improved biological, behavioral, cultural, and genetic based methods to reduce losses by insects and mites affecting crops in arid land production areas of the U.S.
Urban Integrated Pest Management of Public Health Pests
Not for the squeamish. The public health pest lab is a biosafety-2 laboratory that requires specialized training to work in. Excellent for your resume, but please only request a position in this lab if you are able and willing to undertake the training required (several hours on-line, 3-hour class in Tucson). Work is focused on key pests of medical importance including bed bugs, and bark scorpions. The work you do will improve the quality of life of residents. You will be included on publications you contribute to. Both lab and field work may be involved. All field assignment details require complete confidentiality and a high level of professionalism.
- Student must have already taken one semester of chemistry (preferred thru CHM152).
- Student must have taken or be enrolled in BIO 205.
- Instructor recommendation is required (list instructor name and phone number on your online application).
- Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- Maintain professional image and attitude, acting consistently as a representative of the organization.
- Demonstrate regular, predictable, and timely attendance.
- Excellent verbal and communication skills.
- If you are transferring to a 4 year university this is still an opportunity you can take advantage of.