Position: Ecology Field Research Interns
Background: B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a manipulative experiment that warms plants and soil in the field to examine tree seedling
response to warming with respect to physiology, phenology, growth, and survival. For more information: http://forestecology.cfans.
Position overview: We seek one independent and mature field assistant with a background in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for a paid field research internship ($10/hr). The positions start at the beginning of September and go nearly until end of November (weather permitting) start dates are flexible. In general, an internship lasts about 4 months. Typical workdays are eight hours Monday through Friday, however tasks may require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s
license is required. The intern will work and travel mostly independently and occasionally in a pair or small group. Maturity to work autonomously and for long hours is required.
- Work independently to collect biotic and abiotic data in field and lab settings in accordance with established protocols
- Measure seedling growth, germination, physiology, and phenology
- Measure soil characteristics and microbe activity
- Routine maintenance of field sites and research equipment.
- Data entry using Excel and Google Drive
- Travel frequently between sites
- Employ experimental drought treatment
- Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed.
- Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting.
- Capacity to collect data following established protocols.
- Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota.
- Willingness to work well and live with alone and with others in a remote area.
- Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects.
- Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel.
Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN (https://cfc.cfans.umn.edu/) and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN (https://cfc.cfans.umn.edu/
Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to:
University of Minnesota 1530 Cleveland Ave N.
St Paul, MN 55108 USA