This position serves to assist in a collaborative effort in a statewide vegetation monitoring project being established and led by the Minnesota Biological Survey; a program housed within the MN Department of Natural Resources. Field work will include driving and hiking to often remote sites, navigating to sites using GPS units, establishing plots according to monitoring protocols, and collecting quantitative data on plant species and other aspects of ecosystems such as soils and coarse woody debris. Plant identification skills, as well as the use of dichotomous keys will be required.
Periods of very demanding fieldwork under potentially arduous conditions will be followed by periods of administrative work during the winter months. Tasks such as data entry from field forms, identifying and preparing collected plants for identification, and assisting with preparing data for analyses will take precedent. Other tasks include verifying potential plot locations using GIS, contacting landowners and site managers for permission to collect data, and assisting with data entry or GIS mapping of other ongoing projects.
This position is the first of two temporary positions being posted. The anticipated end date is June 28, 2019. Extension of the position is dependent on funding.
For more information and to apply, go to https://www.mn.gov/mmb/careers/ and click on “External Applicants”. In the keyword search box, enter the job listing number 11898 and follow the instructions at the bottom of the posting. The closing date for this posting is March 21, 2017.
If you have questions about the position, contact Hannah Texler (firstname.lastname@example.org; 651.259.5048) or Erika Rowe (email@example.com; 651-259-5134).