Minnesota DNR Mussel Propagation Intern

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Lake City, MN
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**This position's end date was extended from January 31, 2023-February 10, 2023** Job Summary This position exists to assist with routine freshwater mussel and fish husbandry, aquarium system maintenance, and mussel propagation activities. Duties include extensive use of a microscope to remove zooplankton and other invertebrates from mussel culture tanks, counting and measuring juvenile mussels, and cleaning equipment relating to mussel propagation. Other duties include water quality monitoring; animal feeding, handling and health assessments; and record keeping for many species of fish and mussels. Additionally, this position may assist with experiments relating to laboratory rearing systems for mussels. This posting is intended to hire up to 2 interns for the 2023 season. Housing is not provided for these internships. This position is a set duration 06/01/2023 -11/01/2023 – However the start date may be flexible. It is anticipated that some interns will continue their schooling and will end employment by 09/01/23. Weekly work schedule could vary depending on weather and river conditions. Apply at the State of Minnesota Careers website: https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/ Job ID: 61366
Minimum Qualifications To be eligible for an internship, you must meet the following requirements: 1. You must be a student at an accredited educational institution. 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. AND • Majoring in one of the following: Biology, Natural Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife, Recreation Resource Management, Ecology, or Environmental Science. If you are unsure if your major qualifies, please contact us. • Knowledge and understanding of the biology and ecology of aquatic ecosystems. • Ability to follow directions and work independently and well as part of a team. • Excellent human relation and communication skills sufficient to represent the position and Division in a professional, efficient, and clear manner. Preferred Qualifications • Excellent record keeping and organization skills. • Ability to work with a small group of people over extended hours. • Ability to dive in cold water with low visibility. • Ability to trailer, maneuver, and operate boats. • Ability to identify native freshwater mussels. • SCUBA Certification.
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