Plant Community Ecology Internship

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, February 27, 2017, 11:45pm


East Bethel, MN
United States

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The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns and as research field supervisors. Most positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March and some are needed through November. Starting pay is $11.00 per hour depending on the position. As a research intern, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific presentations, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, soil science, or related field we encourage you to apply.

We have three large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer.  BioCON is one large scale experiment where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, and altered precipitation patterns, and increased temperatures. Another large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. The third large scale experiment, FAB, will be looking at tree competition under different diversity levels. This experiment will include approximately 40,000 trees within a 30 acre field that will run for over 100 years. Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments.


Position Start Date:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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How to Apply:

To apply, please email the following materials together in one email by February 27th, 2017:         **Letters of recommendation should be sent separately**

A completed application form (available at
A resume (maximum of two pages)
A cover letter stating why this internship will benefit you
A transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
Two letters of recommendation (should be sent separately)**

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Compensation Information:

$11.00 per hour

Contact Name:

Kally Worm

Contact Phone:

(612) 301-2616

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