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

Fall Technician Positions

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for fall field technician positions in plant community ecology. These research positions will run through October and could run as late as the end of November. Pay is $11/hour. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work.

On-site dormitory housing is available to rent.  If you are 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.

We have two large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the 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.

Throughout the fall we maintain and sample these experiments. In the fall CCESR 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.  For more information and to apply click here.

we will begin looking at applications immediately so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.