summer technician for rare plant pollination in Southeast US

We are looking for a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate to join our team studying the pollination ecology of two federally-listed endangered plants, Apios priceana and Dalea foliosa, in Alabama and Tennessee. While both projects will involve standard investigations of mating biology, floral traits, and floral insect visitors, each project explores slightly different aspects of the pollination ecology of rare plants:

For Apios priceana, we will explore how variation in mating patterns will impact decisions for species recovery.

For Dalea foliosa, we will characterize differences in floral insect communities to give a more nuanced understanding of what type of pollinators Dalea flowers use.

This technician will work closely with a team of three researchers at Auburn University, and there will be extensive field and lab work. This position runs from May to August, and start and end dates are flexible. This technician will receive a $6000 stipend for the summer.

Past experience with pollination, plants, or insects is not necessary as all training will be provided. An ideal candidate will have:

– past field or lab experience (not course-based)
– courses in ecology
– course(s) in statistics and/or experimental design

If interested, please send a cover letter, one-page resume, and two references to Dr. Charles Ray, Auburn University Department of Entomology. Application deadline is March 1st.