Ecology Field Research Interns

Ecology Field Research Interns
B4Warmed Overview:
Northern Minnesota is a focal point of potential climate warming impacts bec
because it sits at the transition between boreal and temperate forest bio
biomes. B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a uni
unique manipulative experiment that warms plants and soil in the field to exa
examine tree seedling and germinant response to warming with respect to phy
physiology, phenology, growth, and survival. For more information: htt

Position overview:
We seek undergraduate or newly graduated students with a background or
interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related
field for paid field research internships ($10/hr). Interns are needed prima
primarily from the middle/end of March through October/November. Work days are e
are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some tasks require early morni
morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. Perso
Personal vehicles helpful but not required. Variety of tasks to be compl
completed, though tree biometric measurements in the field will be the main focus
focus. Time will be split between data collection, site maintenance, and occas
occasional laboratory work.

• Collect biotic and abiotic data in field and laboratory settings in ac
accordance with established protocols
• Measure plant growth, physiology, and phenology
• Routine maintenance of field sites, field instruments, and research
equipment, including a Licor 6400xt.
• Lab work includes data entry, biomass assessments and leaf area analys
• Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed.

Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Cap
Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity wit
with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work wel
well and play well with others. 5) Curiosity and passion for the natural wor
world. 6) Flexibility to adapt to a frequently changing schedule.

Research sites:
Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry
Center in Cloquet, MN ( and the Hubachek Wi
Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in be
beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of no
northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Tr
Travel between sites will be necessary. An individual’s home base may be at ei
either of these locations and will be determined by the site management and wo
workload. On-site housing with cooking facilities is available for a small fe
Applications are due February 29, after which they will be reviewed and potenti
potential candidates will be contacted for a phone interview. Hiring decisio
decisions will be made by the end of March. Please send cover letter (includ
(including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact informa
information for two references electronically to:

Artur Stefanski
[email protected]
Department of Forest Resources
University of Minnesota
St Paul, MN 55108 USA