The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for mid-summer research internships/field technician positions.
The research internship/field technician positions will run from the end of July or beginning of August till the end of September/October 2012. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, entomology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, wildlife biology, or related field we encourage you to apply. Below is a brief description of some of the projects you might work on..
Plant Community Ecology: We have two large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. 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 summer and into the fall we maintain and sample these experiments. For more information and to apply click here.