Bee and Butterfly Pollinator Field Research Technician: North Dakota

North Dakota State University
Throughout the state of North Dakota
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12/hour + housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are hiring technicians for a state-wide pollinator research effort by North Dakota State University. Technicians will measure bee and butterfly populations and vegetation parameters across North Dakota grassland ecosystems. This research is unique in its large geographic scope and it will produce the first state-wide baseline of pollinators in this region.

Each of North Dakota’s 53 counties will have three assigned survey sites that technicians will visit two times throughout the field season (May 15 - Aug/Sept). Technicians will live and work in a team of two, each team assigned to one quadrant of North Dakota. Technicians will trained in the following survey techniques:

- Visual encounter surveys and line-transect distance sampling of butterflies
- Net collection and passive bee bowl trapping of bees
- Floral belt transect sampling and canopy cover estimation of vegetation

Typical challenges associated with working in grasslands do apply. Expect to deal with wide ranging climatic conditions, bugs, intense sun, and long days in the field.

Housing will be provided.

If you have previously applied for this position, please do not reapply. Your application has been received and is under consideration. Positions are filled on a rolling basis and may be filled before the application deadline.
The most competitive applicants will have field experience, previous work with pollinators, and grassland plant species identification.

Technicians will be living and working very closely with their fellow team member in remote locations, so a positive attitude and ability to get along well with others is a must. Applicants should also be self-reliant, motivated, and flexible. This is a large-scale project that will require excellent communication skills.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. A field vehicle will be provided for work related use, but applicants must bring a personal vehicle for non-work related travel.

A passion for pollinators is highly preferred! This is the first year of an ongoing project that will take place in the summers of 2017-2020. Applicants who are interested in joining this project for multiple field seasons are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references to Adrienne Antonsen (MS Entomology Student) at
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