University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
Burn training dayFinnished with root coring in BioCON experiment Weeding in Big Biodiversity experiment

Employment Opportunities


Internships and Technician Positions

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for summer research Internships and prescribed burn technician positions. These positions are not mutually exclusive and applicants can apply for either or both positions. If you are applying for both, please follow each set of application instructions and send each application separately.

The research internships are in plant community ecology. Most research positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March and some are needed through December. Your educational institution may be able to approve this internship, with an appropriate independent project, for any field biology requirement of your major. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work. 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. Below is a brief description of the type of position available.

The prescribed burn technician position focus is prescribed burning.  This position will run from mid-March to mid-May.  Hours are variable, especially on days we burn.  There is the possibility of overtime during intense burn weeks.  If you are interested in prescribed burning we encourage you to apply.  Below is the description.

Plant Community Ecology

We have three large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. BioCON is one of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, altered precipitation patterns, and increased temperatures. Another large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. The third large scale experiment we will be surveying this year involves Oak Savannas. This study examines the effects of long-term prescribed burning treatments on vegetation structure and composition, productivity, and nutrient cycling in upland oak savanna and woodland vegetation.Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments. For more information and to apply click here.

The deadline for application submission for the RESEARCH POSITIONS is June 15th, 2015. If you can start earlier than April 1st we encourage you to complete the application process earlier as we may be starting the hiring process before the February deadline.

Prescribed Burn Technician

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.  APPLICATIONS NO LONGER ACCEPTED For more information and to apply click here.