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Employment Opportunities

2019 Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Summer Internships and Technician Positions

Do you want to work at one of the top ecological research stations in the world? Do you want to gain firsthand experience in some of the longest and most well-known experiments in ecology? This is the place for you!

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for summer research Internships, field research supervisors, and spring field technician positions. These positions are not mutually exclusive and applicants can apply for any open positions.

On-site dormitory housing is available for rent at $7/day for all positions at Cedar Creek.

Community and Ecosystem Ecology Internships

We have opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns. These positions can start as early as mid-July and can run through the end of September. Some positions may run as late as November. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, or related field we encourage you to apply.

For more information and to apply click here.

There is no deadline for applications, these positions will be filled as we receive applications. We encourage you to complete the application process as early as possible to ensure the best opportunity.

Prescribed Burn Technicians

Each spring Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve conducts a series of prescribed burns within its boundaries as part of its long-term research program and its land management program. Controlled burns are managed by Cedar Creek staff under the supervision of trained personnel with many years of collective prescribed burning experience.  We manage approximately 900 acres of oak savanna, prairies, and research units with our burn program.  We are currently looking for individuals to help us with our prescribed burns.

This position will run from mid-March to mid-May. There is the possibility of overtime during intense burn weeks.  If you have graduated or are not currently enrolled in classes we encourage you to apply.

For more information and to apply click here.

This position is currently closed.  Please check back in December for open spring positions.

More Opportunities

Our Associate Director Forest Isbell offers a Cedar Creek-based course in Ecology for the May term. You do not have to be a University of Minnesota student to take this course. You will visit current experiments, including studies that test how biodiversity loss affects ecosystems and whether climate change will speed up or slow down, work with data from ongoing studies, and collaborate with other students to develop your own field ecology group project.

For more information and to apply click here.


The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project, run at Cedar Creek by U of M staff and Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis citizen scientists, is hiring research technicians with bird experience for summer field work. 

For more information and to apply click here.