Bee Field Technician
Employment type: Internship, Seasonal
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: April 30, 2017
Bee and Crop Pollination Research: Multiple Field Technicians NeededThe Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University (www.isaacslab.ent.msu.edu) is seeking to fill multiple positions for pollinator research projects for the 2017 season.We seek field and laboratory assistants for multiple research projects investigating the factors affecting the abundance and diversity of bees in Michigan fruit crops and mature wildflower restorations, as well as techniques to improve pollinator habitat in agricultural landscapes. Work with honey bees and alternative managed bees such as bumble bees or Osmia bees is also possible. Depending on the specific project, this will require extended stays at MSU field research stations for a 3 week period in May during fruit crop bloom as well as possible overnight stays during sampling rounds (accommodations at the field station are covered). The majority of the work will be fieldwork, but these positions will also include laboratory work for sample processing, data entry, etc. Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), visual pollinator observations, wildflower plant surveys, pollination experiments, netting bees and other insects, weed management, data entry, measuring fruit yields, and labeling and curating bee specimens.Required Qualifications:Interest in field research in entomology, botany, conservation biology, field ecologyValid U.S. driver’s licenseAbility to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditionsAttention to detail and protocolsAbility to work independently and as part of a teamDesired Skills:Insect collection and identificationCuration of specimensPlant identification (especially wildflowers)BeekeepingMolecular workRestoration/habitat management (with herbicides and other techniques)Lifting equipment up to 40 poundsPollen identificationCommunication skills and outreach educationExperience with data entry and analysis in Excel, SQL, and RJob Details:Employment period: May 1 – August 30, 2017, with potential for earlier start and later end dates, depending on project needsFull time: 40 hours/weekStarting salary: $11.00/hourTo apply:Send a cover letter and CV describing relevant and previous research experience in field ecology,why you want to work in the lab, primary interests, and potential start date. Include the names and email addresses of three references.Send as one PDF to Julia Brokaw (email@example.com) by February 24, 2017 with “Bee Field Technician” in the subject line.