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 September 2023.

*Salary:* $15-17/hour based on experience (UMN Work Study students

encouraged to apply)

*Dates: *Mostly late-May to early-September.

*Location: *Location will be project specific. See project descriptions for

exact locations and housing. Some positions are based in the Twin Cities

metro while others are based in rural Minnesota, North Dakota, South

Dakota, and Wisconsin. Cars for travel to field sites will be provided.

*Responsibilities: *Responsibilities are project dependent. Technicians

will conduct field work such as: observe and collect wild bees via nets,

emergence traps and/or pan traps, and nest searching; conduct native plant

surveys; collect nectar samples; and process, pin, and label bee and plant

specimens collected during the 2023 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 is required.

*Required Qualifications:*

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

– Experience with insect and plant identification, or relevant coursework.

– Effective communication skills with supervisors and small teams.

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

during sometimes tedious tasks.

– Ability to work outside all day, in conditions that might include heat,

humidity, stinging/ biting insects, and noxious plants (we are open to

discussing accommodations to make this work accessible).

– Experience entering data or equivalent tasks where attention to detail

and a commitment to accuracy is required.

– Flexibility and adaptability.

– Commitment to safety.

– Commitment to being a respectful team member.

*Preferred Qualifications* (see additional preferred experience under

Project descriptions below):

– Understanding of basic bee biology with experience handling, collecting,

or identifying native bees.

– Prior experience identifying tallgrass prairie species or other botany


– Previous fieldwork experience (For Land Management & -Multi-Taxa Response

Projects, previous experience camping long term or living at a field


*Projects Hiring:*

*Wild Bumble Bee Nest Monitoring*. One full-time technician will be hired

to assist a MS student detect wild bumble bee nests and monitor nest

activity, survival, and reproductive success in prairie, forest, and edge

habitats in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Field work will take place locally

(30-60 minute drive) around the Twin Cities. A typical work week will

involve 4 days of fieldwork and 1 day in the bee lab for data entry. No

housing provided. Contact Chan Dolan with questions.

*Pollinator Land Management & Multi-Taxa Response Projects*. Multiple

technicians will conduct native bee sampling and plant surveys at field

sites across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Extensive overnight

travel and camping required. A typical work week would potentially include

4 or 5 days camping (or occasionally staying at field

stations/hotels/motels/airbnbs) in rural MN/ND/SD with the possibility of

one day working at the bee lab in Saint Paul, MN. Travel and housing

accommodations will be paid for by the project for days spent outside the

Twin Cities, but not when in Saint Paul. Contact Will Bjorndal at with questions.

The Cariveau lab is also tentatively hiring technicians for the following

projects based on availability of funding. Applicants with interest in

these projects are encouraged to apply to the positions listed above as


*Prairie Restoration/Seed Mix Design* examines establishment of pollinator

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

tallgrass prairie plant establishment, nectar volume and sugar content, and

sampling wild bees. Prior experience with identifying tallgrass prairie

species greatly preferred. Full-time position. Fieldwork takes place at a

field site near Rosemount, MN. Plots at the field site are divided by mowed

paths, bathrooms and air-conditioned spaces are close by. Location: Twin

Cities metro area. No housing provided. Contact Will Bjorndal at with questions.

*Bumble Bee Occupancy Project* studies habitat associations of the

endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and other bumble bee species within the

Great Lakes watershed. The technician will assist with rapid surveys of

habitats across a rural to urban gradient. Sites will be sampled multiple

times to collect data to calculate detection probabilities for use in

occupancy modeling. Full-time position. Location: Eastern Wisconsin. Travel

and housing accommodations will be paid for by the project for days spent

outside the Twin Cities, but not when in Saint Paul. Contact Will Bjorndal

at with questions.

*How to apply:*

Visit our application:

Submit your resume, cover letter, and references. Applications are due by midnight

CST February 8, 2023. You may reach out to Will Bjorndal at

with any general questions or concerns, and any of the individuals listed

under each project for specific project questions.

*Safety and COVID19:*

The Bee Lab follows University of Minnesota policies and Minnesota

Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety. Please

reach out if you have questions about our safety practices. We may need to

adapt our field season plans as these policies and guidelines change due to

the pandemic.

*Equity and Diversity:*

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its

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

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

assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or

gender expression.