Student Worker / Intern: Northern Minnesota stream biomonitoring (fish, macroinvertebrates)


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

North Biological Monitoring Unit

Brainerd, MN

We are looking for qualified students to assist with aquatic biomonitoring surveys on rivers and streams in northern Minnesota.

Job duties include:

Collecting stream fish using electrofishing techniques Collecting stream macroinvertebrates using D-nets Collecting water chemistry samples and measuring water chemistry parameters Conducting qualitative and quantitative habitat surveys

Preferred qualifications include:

Experience in stream electrofishing techniques Experience in species-level identification of Midwestern and/or Great Lakes stream fishes Experience conducting stream habitat surveys

The position requires extensive travel across northern Minnesota and the willingness to stay overnight (in motels) for up to three nights per week. The work may be carried out in remote areas, in inclement weather, and can be physically-demanding at times.  Candidates should be able to work well with others in small- and medium-sized field crews.

Candidates must be enrolled in a science related program working on a 2- or 4-year degree with coursework in biology, ichthyology, water chemistry, aquatic biology, or related field.

Pay rate:

$14.80 – $17.33/hourly

Motel lodging provided during work week, plus meal expense reimbursement.

Work hours are typically Monday-Thursday 10 hours per day with overnight travel.

Start/End Dates:

Early June to late August, 2020


The position will be based in Brainerd, but will require extensive travel throughout northern Minnesota.  Brainerd is located just north of the geographical center of Minnesota.

To Apply:

Full position description and online application instructions are available via the State of Minnesota Careers website:  Job ID: 36689

Applications accepted through January  13, 2020.