Bee Technician – Full-time Seasonal – Isaacs Lab @ MSU

Subject: Bee Technician – Full-time Seasonal – Isaacs Lab @ MSU

Biological Science Technician (Bees and Crop Pollination): Michigan

1 Technician Position at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Duration: August 24 – December 21, 2018 (potential for longer employment
based on performance and availability of funding)

Salary: Full time: 40 hours/week, $11.00/hour

Description: The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University
( is seeking help with multiple pollinator
Berry Crops Entomology Lab at Michigan State University.

projects in Fall 2018. Duties will largely be field work in Sept/Oct 2018,
transitioning to lab work through the end of the appointment in Dec 2018.

Daily tasks include: travel to field sites in a university vehicle (travel
time is paid), work with honey bees, netting wild bees, flower
identification, pollen sample processing, weed management, data entry, and
labeling and curating bee specimens. Overnight stays at the MSU field
research stations during sampling rounds are possible (accommodations at
the field station are covered).

1) Great Lakes Pollinator Health Project – The aims of this project are to
investigate long term population trends in Michigan bees, as well as
identify underlying causes of managed pollinator decline.
2) Bumble bee foraging project – The aims of this project are to determine
how bumble bees use the landscape when foraging for resources, and how
habitat restoration influences colony dynamics in managed landscapes.
3) Honey bee nutrition project– The aim of this project is to determine
how landscape complexity affects honey bee health on multiple scales
through nutrition.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer, and we especially encourage applications from minority and
underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications:
Interest in field research in entomology, conservation biology, field
Valid U.S. driver’s license, with a good driving record, and willingness
to share driving responsibilities
Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather
Attention to detail and protocols
Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desired Skills:
Not allergic to honey bees
Courses in Entomology
Field work experience
Lab work experience
Research experience
Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds
Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel, and R
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including
scientists, land owners, and agricultural producers

To apply, please send:
1) a cover letter describing relevant research experience and primary
interests, 2) your resume/curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and email
addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Kelsey Graham
( by August 7, 2018 with “MSU Bee Technician” in the
subject line.