Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Fall Technician Positions
The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for fall field technician positions. These positions are in plant community ecology. These research positions will run through October and could run as late as the end of November. Pay is $10/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.
Cedar Creek research examines ecological processes occurring at the individual physiological level to the ecosystem level in response to (1) a variety of climate change scenarios including elevated CO2, increased temperature, increased nitrogen deposition, and altered precipitation patterns; (2) land management practices including prescribed burning, biofuel harvesting, and agricultural production; and (3) varied land use histories. Research is headed by a number of faculty from research institutions across the United States. Programs are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and other sources.
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.
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.
To apply, please email the following materials together in one email:
1. A completed application form (download here)
2. A resume (maximum of two pages)
3. A cover letter
4. Three references with contact information
WE WILL BEGIN LOOKING AT APPLICATIONS IMMEDIATELY SO WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 6TH.
All materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the internship please email the above address or call 612-301-2600.
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
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