Pest Management Scout (Field Vegetables)


Muck Crops Research Station in the Bradford/Holland Marsh area (Highways 9 & 400). This is approx. 1.25 hours north/east of Guelph. Applicants should be willing to relocate to within commuting distance of the research station.


To provide students with skills and experience in integrated pest management (IPM) through participation in field vegetable scouting including insect, disease, weed and nutrition monitoring, collection and compilation of data/reports.


A genuine interest in agricultural crop production is desirable. Courses taken at university or college level in agriculture and/or subjects in the biological or environmental sciences would be preferred. Applicant must enjoy working independently, in teams and working outdoors. Knowledge of farming methods would be an asset but not a necessity. Your own vehicle is required.

This is excellent experience for anyone planning to pursue a career in crop advisory work, or specifically in vegetable production, including research, pest management, crop protection, consulting or sales. The job would also be of interest to students who enjoy working outdoors and those interested in environmental biology, plant protection or any of the natural sciences.

Job Description: 

The successful candidates will work in cooperating grower’s fields as a part of the pest management scouting team. They will scout grower fields on a twice per week basis using their own vehicle and monitor various crops (onions, carrots, cole crops, celery, and lettuce) for insects, diseases, weeds and nutrient deficiencies/toxicities. Scouts will also prepare all necessary traps for each field, prepare reports for growers, and collect samples for pest diagnosis and disease surveys. The information collected by the scouts will be used by the growers to make informed decisions regarding their crops. Prior experience as a scout is not necessary as training is provided.


May 3 to Sept 3, 2021


Based on the Dept of Plant Agriculture summer student pay schedule – 40 hours/week, plus mileage

Application Deadline:

Mar 5, 2021

For further information contact:

Kevin Vander Kooi

Department of Plant Agriculture             

Muck Crops Research Station

1125 Woodchoppers Lane

King, Ontario  L7B 0E9

Phone:  905-775-3783


Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald

Department of Plant Agriculture

Rm 206, Crop Science Building

University of Guelph, ON   N1G 2W1


Please email cover letters and resumes to Laura Riches

We thank all applicants for their interest but wish to advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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