The Western Colorado Research Center is comprised of two sites:
Orchard Mesa Site
The Orchard Mesa site is located 7 miles Southeast of Grand Junction. Site elevation is approximately 4750 feet with an average growing season of 182 frost-free days. The research conducted at this site includes tree fruits, wine grape production, and ornamental horticulture. This site has separate climate controlled greenhouse, as well as office and laboratory facilities.
The Fruita site is located 15 miles northwest of Grand Junction. With an average growing season of 175 days at an elevation of 4500 ft, the reasonably deep loam soils at this location have been the home of the bulk of agronomic research conducted at the Western Colorado Research Center. Variety performance trials of new/improved varieties of alfalfa, beans and small grains have been an integral part of the research program at the Fruita site. The Colorado Dry Bean Foundation Seed Program is housed at Fruita.
Volunteer opportunities may be available. Please contact Greg Litus at (970) 434-3264 ext. 203 to learn more.
The WCRC-Fruita is currently seeking to fill a Research Associate position. Primary responsibilities are to assist research scientists in the planning and execution of on-site and off-station applied research in agronomic crops and cropping systems (variety trials, water resources, irrigation systems, pest and salinity management, soil management, new and alternative crops, etc.). Specific expectations are to: assist with the collection of research data according to protocols provided by professional staff; assist with outreach activities such as field days and workshops; assist in the general operations of the canter including, but not limited to, general farm and research plot operations and maintaining facilities and repairing equipment. Some heavy lifting (50 lbs) Is required. To apply for this position please view the job posting at https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/51717.