West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Seasonal Jobs Announced at State Department of Agriculture

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking a number of individuals for seasonal job openings throughout the state this summer.

One position is associated with the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program’s pest survey season (mid-May through August 31, 2013). The position will be headquartered at the Gus R. Douglass Agricultural Center at Guthrie, near Charleston, and will perform laboratory work with some limited field work away from the office.

The applicants for these positions should be able to read county highway, farm and topographical maps, and be able to interact with private landowners and the general public in a professional manner.

College students with backgrounds in agriculture, entomology, biology, zoology, plant sciences, botany, plant pathology, weed science or equivalent experience are preferred. The position might require overnight travel and use of a personal vehicle with travel expenses reimbursed.

Other positions associated with the Cooperative Forest Health Protection (CFHP) Program will be headquartered at the Guthrie Center, but require travel throughout the state. These individuals will conduct insect and disease survey work along with associated laboratory work from mid-May through August 31, 2013.

There will be several seasonal employees needed to work throughout the state in the Gypsy Moth trapping program (April through August 31, 2013). These positions are associated with the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program that is cooperative with the USDA Forest Service and will be located in the central and southern counties of the state.

For the gypsy moth trapping and forest survey work, the WVDA prefers college students with studies in entomology, plant pathology, forestry or other biological science, or equivalent experience, who can be trained to read topographic maps, a compass and GPS units.

Pay ranges from $11.00-$13.60 per hour, depending on previous employment with WVDA seasonal programs or equivalent experience. Employees are required to use their own vehicles in some instances, but will be reimbursed for mileage.

For more information and/or applications, contact Kelly Riffe, WVDA Plant Industries Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, WV 25305-0191; 304-558-2212 or e-mail kriffe@wvda.us. Application deadline is Monday, February 25, by 4 p.m. WVDA is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Kelly Riffe, WVDA Plant Industries Division