The OSU Seed Lab has several employment opportunities that become available throughout the year, including full-time, part-time, temporary and student positions. The lab employs approximately 25 permanent analysts and staff, and during our busy season we hire between 15-30 additional staff. 

Please check below for a short description of our current open positions and direct links to the full posting and to apply A complete list of OSU job postings can be found on the OSU Employment website, along with additional resources, information about benefits, and information for applicants requiring disability accommodations. If requested, OSU will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants in order to provide access to the application, interviewing and selection process.

Updated: June 28, 2022

Open Staff Positions

Seed Analyst 1 - Purity Unit

This position is responsible for independently conducting the final analysis of the purity subsample on the most common grass species, tall fescue, ryegrass, orchardgrass, fine fescues, and other less complex species. This involves visually examining the sample, which may have been separated by the entry-level employee, making corrections as needed, recording purity results based on pure seed, other seeds, inert matter, noxious and prohibited weed seeds.
This position is to function as part of a team designated to train new student, temporary and classified employees to conduct the initial separation on the easiest species in preparation for purity or germination testing. This recruitment will be used to fill future full-time Seed Analyst 1 positions at Oregon State University (OSU). (Link: Posting P03417CT)


Seed Analyst 2 - Purity Unit

This position is responsible for independently performing complex purity examinations on all samples submitted for testing. Employee will determine and record purity results based on pure seed, other seeds, inert matter, identify and report noxious and prohibited weed seeds, undesirable weed seeds, sod quality contaminants, or other contaminants based existing seed testing rules, international import requirements and customer requests.
This position functions as part of a team to advance the training of junior analysts on more complex and advanced purity tests. When necessary, this position assists with training of student, temporary and classified employees to conduct the initial separation on the most common species in preparation for purity or germination testing. This recruitment will be used to fill future full-time Seed Analyst 2 positions at Oregon State University (OSU). (Link: Posting P03418CT)


Temporary Seed Analyst (Entry Level) - Purity Unit

The Purity unit is looking to fill 8 positions for temporary seed analysts to provide assistance during peak sample season. Employees in this position will prepare samples for senior analysts by separating contaminants from pure seed, as well as occasionally using a mechanical micro-thresher to separate inert from pure seed. This position also performs purity separation on seeds in preparation for germination and special testing exams. Duties include: using magnification and forceps to visually and manually separate seed subsamples into four components and to detach multiple seed units; recording testing results on work cards and in logbooks; studying provided literature, seed images, and materials that cover pure seed definitions; other duties as assigned, including cleaning equipment and personal work stations. Must be able to perform repetitive motions and have good hand-eye coordination. 
The work schedule is Monday through Friday with fluctuating/intermittent hours depending on sample load. Initially, work will be part-time, increasing to full time during peak sample numbers, then will reduce back to part-time as sample numbers decrease. (Link: Posting Soon)


Open Student Positions

Student Employee - Purity Unit
Do you want to work in a fun, fast paced environment with nice people? This position will give you great work and laboratory experience you can use in any job you may apply for in the future! Duties include: Preparing working samples using mechanical seed dividers, screening samples for purity analysis, filing samples into storage, weighing sample components, and other duties as assigned such as cleaning the sample preparation area.
Work begins part time in July during training until sample numbers increase later in the month. Depending on sample numbers, work may be up to 30-40 hours per week in late July, August and September. Availability to work full time is strongly preferred, (must not be enrolled in more than 6 credit hours during Summer Session). This work may continue part-time into fall term. We are flexible during fall classes working around your availability.  All hours depend on sample numbers, which are unpredictable. Hours may fluctuate between approximately 15 up to possibly 40 hours per week.  (Link: Posting P08600SE)
Lab Assistant - Special Testing Unit
The Special Testing unit is looking to fill 4 part-time student technical assistant positions. Duties include: preparing for seed quality tests such as tetrazolium, washing seed testing dishes, and helping the supervisor of the special testing unit with any assigned duties related to seed quality testing. Student must be able to work during the summer term, when most of grass species are harvested and tested at OSU seed lab. Field study related to biology, crop science, horticulture, botany and plant pathology, or forestry is preferred but not required. Completion of classes in biology, chemistry, and/or Ag classes is preferred but not required.
The student worker can work up to 20 hours during the academic term and up to 40 hours per week during breaks or a term off. Anticipated hourly rate is $13.50; Students may start as soon as possible and stay with the Seed Lab during the school year. (Link: Posting P08737SE)
Clerical Assistant - Admin Unit

The Administrative unit is looking to fill 1 to 2 student clerical assistant positions. This position assists the front office staff with various duties, including but not limited to copying, faxing, retrieving and organizing analysis records, basic data entry using spreadsheet and word processing programs (ie-Excel, MS Word, Google sheets, etc.), maintaining a paper and electronic filing systems, processing incoming mail and organizing client payment checks/deposits. Helps with processing incoming seed samples by organizing samples, inspecting for damage, preparing test sample packets, scanning, and matching numbers. 
This position requires close attention to detail, ability to maintain focus in a busy work environment, being organized and adherence to the OSU Seed Lab Quality Management System. Position will begin part-time for training, and depending on sample flow, will go up to 40 hours per week around August 1, 2022. Position will continue part-time (10-20 hours per week) during overlap with Fall term, and may be extended depending on the Seed Lab’s work load. (Link: Posting P08696SE)

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