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 application. 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, interview and selection process.

Updated: April 23, 2024

Staff Positions | Student Positions

Open Staff Positions

Seed Analyst 1 - Purity Unit (Opening soon!)

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: Opening soon!)


Open Student Positions

Student Assistant - Summer

The Seed Lab is looking to fill up to student assistant positions for Summer. This position will assist the purity unit staff by preparing samples using mechanical seed dividers, screening samples for purity analysis, filing samples into storage, weighing sample components, and performing other duties as assigned, including cleaning the sample preparation area. This position requires close attention to detail, the ability to maintain focus in a busy work environment, and flexibility when being asked to work in different areas of the lab as needed. Upon completion of training and depending on lab needs, some students may be re-assigned to work as assistants for other units in the lab, including germination, special testing, and administration.
Position may require up to 40 hours per week in the Summer and may continue part-time (up to 5-20 hours per week) into the Fall term depending on workload. The number of hours available during the Summer may fluctuate between 15 and 40 hours per week, and will depend on lab needs and the number of seed samples received during harvest. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm. (Link: Posting 152845)

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