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

Employment Opportunities

2020 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 for all positions at Cedar Creek.
Community and Ecosystem Ecology Internships

We have several opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns and a few opportunities for research field supervisors. Most positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March and some are needed through October. Your educational institution may be able to approve this internship, with an appropriate independent project, for any field biology requirement of your major. As a research intern, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific presentations, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. 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.

The final application deadline for plant ecology positions is February 24th 2020. We will begin looking at early applicants February 10th. We will accept applications after the deadline but priority will be given to applications turned in before each respective deadline.

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 positions 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. If you are interested in continuing work after May we encourage you to apply to our plant ecology positions as well.

For more information and to apply click here.

The deadline for application submission for the prescribed burn position is February 10th 2020.  We will accept applications after the deadline but priority will be given to applications turned in before each respective deadline.

Additional 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 Dr. Elena West, U of M staff and Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis citizen scientists, is hiring two research technicians with prior bird experience for summer field work. Deadling for applications is January 10th, 2020. Details on the positions available and how to apply are available by clicking here.