The Aquatic Vegetation intern will assist staff biologists with field sampling of aquatic and floodplain forest plants on the Mississippi River in Minnesota from June through September 2021. Duties include being able to identify aquatic plants and terrestrial species, including trees; using and hauling a canoe; recording data on a field laptop; and organizing, maintaining, and repairing equipment. This will include trailering, launching, and operating motorboats, navigating with GPS, collecting, and identifying plant species and recording habitat data.
The intern must be a student at an accredited educational institution and be receiving academic credit for this internship.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Minnesota Careers website (Careers in Minnesota State Government / Careers in the State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) and search Job ID 44837.
To be eligible for an Internship, you must meet the following requirements:
1. You must be a student at an accredited educational institution; AND
2. Your advisor must certify that you will either receive academic credit or fulfill an
academic requirement. The signature of a sponsoring academic instructor is required
prior to beginning an Internship.
• Majoring in one of the following programs: biology, botany, natural resources, fisheries and wildlife, ecology,
limnology, environmental science, or forestry. If you are unsure if your major qualifies please contact us.
• Experience collecting ecological data or recording observations in a field setting, through coursework or other
• Ability and willingness to work in a small watercraft on a large river for extended periods of time.
• Ability and willingness to work in various weather conditions.
• Ability to work independently under minimal supervision.
• Ability to haul a canoe over difficult terrain.
• Ability to clearly communicate with lead worker.
• Ability to accurately record data on a field laptop.
• Excellent human relation and communication skills sufficient to represent the position and Division in a professional, efficient, and clear manner.
• Experience using dichotomous keys to identify flora or fauna.
• Experience preserving plant specimens.
• Demonstrated interest in outdoor environmental work through education, volunteer work and/or hobbies.
• Able to safely operate trucks (4WD) and tow trailers.
• Experience trailering, launching and operating motorboats.
Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting
and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or
standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with Job ID: 44837 - Aquatic Vegetation Intern
pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.
This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record.
It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All
job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:
• Employee Reference Checks
• SEMA4 Record Check
• Criminal History Check
• Education/License Verification