Internships and Technician Positions
The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for summer and fall research Internships. The research internships are in plant community ecology. Most research positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed in the fall and possibly into the winter. 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.
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 and fall. 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 and fall we maintain and sample these experiments. For more information and to apply click here.