Summer Technician Positions with the Cariveau Native Bee Lab

*Job Posting: Field Research Technicians with the Cariveau Native Bee Lab*

The Cariveau Native Bee Lab is looking for qualified applicants to fill

multiple technician positions, May through October 2020.

*Salary*:  $12-17/hour based on experience, Work-Study students encouraged

to apply

*Projects Hiring*

– Prairie restoration projects that examine establishment of pollinator

friendly seed-mixes for bees. Technicians will collect data on plant

establishment and identify native prairie plant seedlings while sampling

wild bees and soil. Prior experience with identifying tallgrass prairie

species greatly preferred. Full-time position. Location: Twin Cities metro

area. No housing provided.

– Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project (MAPP) where technicians

will conduct native bee sampling and plant surveys throughout southwest

Minnesota in pollinator plantings among agricultural lands. Full-time

position. Location: southwestern Minnesota, field housing provided.

*Dates*: May – October (flexible end date)

*Location*:   Some positions based in Twin Cities metro and others based in

southwest Minnesota near Slayton, Minnesota with field housing provided.

*Responsibilities*:   Technicians will conduct field work, observe and

collect wild bees via vacuum and pan traps, conduct native plant surveys,

process, pin, and label bee and plant specimens collected during the 2020

field season. Technicians will also enter and check data. This work

requires attention to detail and an eagerness to learn.  Both independent

and group work required.

*Required Qualifications:*

– Valid US driver’s license and legally able to work in the US

– Coursework in Entomology, Ecology, Evolution, Conservation, Plant

Sciences, Botany, or other experience with insect and plant identification.

– Effective communication skills with supervisors and small teams.

– Dependability, punctuality, and ability to complete high quality work

during tedious tasks.

– Ability to work in hot outdoor conditions and carry up to 30 pounds over

consecutive days.

– Experience entering data with attention to detail and a commitment to


*Preferred Qualifications:*

– Understanding of basic bee biology with experience handling and

identifying wild bees.

– Prior experience with identifying tallgrass prairie species or other

botany experience.

– Familiarity with dichotomous keys.

Visit our application page  to submit

your resume, cover letter, and references.   Application review will begin

immediately. *Applications due by 5:00 PM CST February 28, 2020*. Please

contact Kiley Friedrich ( with any questions or concerns.

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programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed,

religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public

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