University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

2018 Summer Jobs: Prescribed Burn Technician


Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a field station of the University of Minnesota, is looking for four technicians to assist in our spring prescribed burn program.  The positions could start anywhere from March 6th to March 27th and end around mid-May (start and end dates are weather dependent). Hours are variable, especially on days we burn.  There is the possibility of overtime on intense burn weeks.   Housing is available to rent on-site. Pay is $11 per hour. If you have graduated or are not currently enrolled in classes we encourage you to apply.

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve itself is a nine square mile tract of land 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. Because of its fortunate location in mid-continent at the triple meeting point of three great biomes of North America, it carries much of the continent's biological heritage. Cedar Creek is endowed with a diverse mosaic of prairie, savanna, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, forests, and even abandoned agricultural fields. Its large size, great natural diversity, and uniform soil substrate make it ideal for ecosystem studies. 

Of Cedar Creek’s 5175 acres, we manage about 900 acres of this through prescribed burning.  Our burns consist of oak savanna, prairies, restoration units, and experimental plots that are on some type of burning frequency.   Our prescribed burns can range from ¼ of an acre to 100 acres in size.   We burn approximately 500 acres annually. 

Main Duties: 

  • Prepping burn units.
  • Assisting in burning the units.
  • Monitoring and mopping up the units after burning.  

Other Duties:

  • Research field help.  Assist with various field research tasks, i.e. weeding, mowing, etc.
  • Fire road maintenance. Clearing brush and trees to make fire roads safer for burning and driving.


  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must be willing to work long hours and have a flexible schedule.
  • Chainsaw experience is preferred but not required.

To apply, please email the following materials together in one email by February 19th, 2018. All materials should be emailed to ccintern@umn.eduIf you have any questions regarding the application process or the internship please email the above address or call 612-301-2616.

  1. A completed application form (download here)
  2. A resume (maximum of two pages)
  3. A cover letter
  4. Two references

We will continue to accept applications turned in after February 19th, but priority will be given to those applications that come in by the deadline. 

You will be considered for this internship if (a) you are a US citizen or (b) a foreign citizen attending a US college or university full-time.