University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Cedar Creek Intern Resources

Welcome to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve! We are glad you have joined the Cedar Creek Team. This webpage will discuss some aspects of working and living here and provide answers to frequently asked questions. When you arrive at Cedar Creek additional information and training will be provided. If you do not find answers to your questions below, please contact your supervisor.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Code of Conduct.


Before Arriving

To complete the hiring process verifying identity and employment authorization is necessary. This is done by completing an I-9. Before arriving to Cedar Creek for your first day of work please complete the initial steps of the I-9 Form online. This form can be found at (, instructions to assist in the completion of this form can be found at

When completing the form please use the following two identifiers:

                Employer code: 13636

                Employer location: College of Biological Science

The I-9 Form you submit will be reviewed and completed on your first day of work. You must provide form(s) of identification to assist in this review process.

The acceptable form(s) of identification can be found at

                One (1) type A, OR

                One (1) type B, AND One (1) type C

If appropriate form(s) of identification are not supplied on the first day of work you will not be permitted to begin work. Your social security number will be used when completing this and other forms on your first day of work. Please bring this number with your or have it memorized for your first day of work.

When completing these forms and others please do not list Cedar Creek address as your home address. Doing so will result in your tax documents and other documents related to your employment being sent to Cedar Creek rather than to an address you have more permanent access to.

Requesting Housing (optional)

If you are interested in residing at Cedar during your time at Cedar Creek please notify your supervisor or the housing coordinator with this request prior to your arrival. Living at Cedar Creek while employed is not required. Housing requests made on the first day of work or part way into the field season will be assigned housing as space permits.

If you do plan on living at Cedar Creek, please click here for more information. 

Getting to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve:

Cedar Creek’s address is the following:
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Cedar Creek is located about 45 miles north of the Twin Cities. Interns driving to Cedar Creek can find a map and directions at Please contact your supervisor with questions about reaching Cedar Creek.

If you are planning to fly to Minnesota, please contact your supervisor directly to coordinate being picked up. Public transportation (public bus) is not available around Cedar Creek.

Work Logistics

During the workday, you may want bug repellent, sunscreen, water bottle(s), rain gear, shorts, tank tops and/or T-shirts, work pants, hat, long sleeve shirt, sandals, tennis shoes, work gloves, and hiking boots. If you are extremely allergic to poison ivy, please bring appropriate defenses against it. Light colored long sleeved shirts and long pants are helpful to locate ticks while working outside. Having an extra change of clothes is always a good idea in case of changing weather or work conditions.

The pay cycle while working at Cedar Creek is every two weeks. Depending on an individual’s start date, it can take a few weeks to receive the first paycheck. The first payment is normally completed by a physical check and is mailed to the address provided by the intern.

Once you are officially an employee of the University of Minnesota direct deposit can be set up. This process is completed in your “MyU” account under the payment tab.

Research Opportunities while at Cedar Creek

While completing a summer internship at Cedar Creek you have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project and receive formal training in research skills. To learn more about this opportunity, speak with your immediate supervisor.


Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere on University property on in any University building or vehicle. Please see the University of Minnesota’s Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus: Crookston, Duluth, Rochester, and Twin Cities policy.

The University is also drug free. Please see the University of Minnesota’s Drug Free University policy.