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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Spring Jobs: Prescribed Burning Technician

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a field station of the University of Minnesota, is looking for 4 personnel to assist in our spring prescribed burn program. The positions will start either March 26 or April 2 and end May 11 or May 18th (7 weeks). Hours are variable, especially on days we burn. There is the possibility of over time on weeks we burn a lot. Housing is available on-site for $280-$330. Pay is $10 to $12 per hour depending on experience.

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. To learn more detailed information about the Cedar Creek area, its experiments, researchers, and habitats please visit our website at www.cedarcreek.umn.edu.

Of Cedar Creeks 5400 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 1/4th of an acre to 100 acres in size. We burn about 500 acres annually, about 20 areas.

Main Duties: Duties include prepping burn units, assist burning the units, and monitoring and mopping up the units after burning.

Other Duties:

  • DNR smoke chaser help. The possibility to assist the DNR on extreme fire danger days or days we are not burning. (please note this will be considered a separate job through the local DNR)
  • Research field help. Assist with various field research tasks, i.e. weeding, mowing, etc.


  • Must hold or be willing to obtain a "red card" with moderate back-pack qualification.
  • Be willing to work evenings or weekends if needed.

To apply, please email the following materials together in one email by Febuary 17th, 2012.

  • (1) A completed application form (download here)
  • (2) A resume (maximum of two pages)
  • (3) A cover letter
  • (4) A transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • (5) Two references

All materials should be emailed to ccintern@umn.edu. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the internship please email the above address or call 763-434-5131.

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.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator