University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
http://www.cbs.umn.edu/

2017 Summer and Fall Jobs: Plant Community Ecology Internship

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for students and recent graduates to work as plant community ecology interns. These positions can start as early as the end of July and will run through the end of September. Some positions may run as late as November. Starting pay is $11.00 per hour depending on the position. As a research intern, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, soil science, or related field we encourage you to apply.

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 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. 

Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend, early morning, and evening work. On-site dormitory housing is available to rent. Most of the work you do will be out in the field, though a few jobs have indoor laboratory or computer components. Your educational institution may be able to approve this internship, with an appropriate independent project, for any field biology requirement of your major.

To apply, please email the following materials together in one email.

**Letters of recommendation should be sent separately**

  1. A completed application form (download here)
  2. A resume (maximum of two pages)
  3. A cover letter stating why this internship will benefit you
  4. A transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  5. Two letters of recommendation (should be sent separately)**

There is no deadline for applications, these positions will be filled as we receive applications. We encourage you to complete the application process as early as possible in ensure the best opportunity. 

** The letters should be emailed in by your references. Please have them write your last name in the subject title for the email.

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 612-301-2616.

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