Tech position in wild bee ecology

Open: field research technician in native bee ecology

Experienced field researchers are invited to apply for an open field research position based in Rachael Winfree’s lab group ( at Rutgers University, New Jersey. The position is full time for July and August, 2020, at $12 – $15 per hour.

The technician will work on a research project investigating the how the spatial distribution of wetland-specialist bee species is affected by the abundance and distribution of floral resources. Field work will involve collecting bees in streams and tidal marshes in the New Jersey Pinelands, using bee traps and/or hand nets. We will move between sites at least in part by canoe or kayak. The job will also involve some amount of data entry and specimen processing.

The job will be based out of the Rutgers Pinelands Field Station, which has housing on site. The field station is located in a state forest, part of the greater Pinelands Biosphere Reserve. The Pinelands themselves cover 1.1 million acres (22% of New Jersey by area!), and is the largest remaining tract of Atlantic pine barrens ecosystem. It should be a fun place to work.

Desired qualifications: BA or BS degree in ecology or related field; experience collecting and entering ecological data; organizational and logistical skills; ability to work independently for long hours under challenging field conditions; a commitment to data accuracy; and a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed).

To apply: Send a letter of interest, including a brief description of your field experience, your CV, and contact information for 2-3 references who can speak to your field research abilities. Please combine into a single PDF and email to Dylan Simpson (dylan [dot] tux [dot] simpson [at] gmail [dot] com). Use “tech position” as the subject line. Applications will be considered immediately and until the position is filled.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.