We are hiring a total of eight technicians for a state-wide pollinator research effort by North Dakota State University. Technicians will measure bee, butterfly, 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 for 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 27th to August 31st). Technicians will 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 surveys of butterflies
- Net collection and passive bee bowl trapping of bees
- Belt transect surveys and canopy cover measurement of vegetation
Typical challenges associated with working in grasslands do apply. Expect to deal with wide ranging weather conditions, intense sun, mosquitoes, ticks, and very long days working in the field and driving to and from survey sites. Housing will be provided.
The most competitive applicants will have scientific field experience, previous work with pollinators, and the ability to identify grassland forbs down to species.
Technicians will be living and working very closely with their fellow team member, 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 requires excellent communication skills.
Applicants must be willing to regularly work over 40 hours per week on a variable schedule according to weather (not a regular Monday-Friday schedule), and must be available to work for the entire field season (May 27th to August 31st).
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle they can travel to North Dakota in. A work vehicle will be provided for travel to and from survey sites, but all non-work driving (grocery shopping, etc.) must be done in personal vehicles.
A passion for pollinators is highly preferred! This is the third year of an ongoing project that will continue through the summer of 2020. Applicants who are interested in joining this project for multiple field seasons are highly encouraged to apply.
To apply please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references.
Successful applicants will be hired on a rolling basis beginning immediately, and positions may become filled well before the application due date.