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Burn training dayFinished with root coring in BioCON experiment Weeding in Big Biodiversity experiment

Employment Opportunities

2018 Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Summer Internships and Technician Positions

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for summer research Internships, field research supervisors, and spring field technician positions. These positions are not mutually exclusive and applicants can apply for any open positions. Please indicate which positions you are interested in, and list them in order of preference on the application form (available here).

On-site dormitory housing is available for rent for all positions at Cedar Creek.

Plant Community Ecology Internships

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 of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, 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.

We have  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 October. Your educational institution may be able to approve this internship, with an appropriate independent project, for any field biology requirement of your major. 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, environmental education, or related field we encourage you to apply.

For more information and to apply click here.

The application for plant ecology positions is February 26th 2018. We will accept applications after the deadline but priority will be given to applications turned in before each respective deadline.


The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project is a long-term citizen science project run by the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis in cooperation with the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Dr. Henry Streby at the University of Toledo. Since 2008, the project has been monitoring the large population of woodpeckers on the Cedar Creek property and studying their behavior, habitat use, nesting success and feeding behavior, as well as investigating individual bird movement within and between breeding seasons. Summer technicians will assist with all aspects of the project, from collecting data on individual birds to surveying vegetation and nest sites to assisting with education and public outreach programs.

Prescribed Burn Technicians

Each spring Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve conducts a series of prescribed burns within its boundaries as part of its long-term research program and its land management program. Controlled burns are managed by Cedar Creek staff under the supervision of trained personnel with many years of collective prescribed burning experience.  We manage approximately 900 acres of oak savanna, prairies, and research units with our burn program.  We are currently looking for individuals to help us with our prescribed burns.

This position will run from mid-March to mid-May.  Hours are variable, especially on days we burn.  There is the possibility of overtime during intense burn weeks.  If you are interested in prescribed burning we encourage you to apply.

For more information and to apply click here.

The deadline for application submission for The Prescribed burn position is February 19th 2018.  We will accept applications after the deadline but priority will be given to applications turned in before each respective deadline.