Seasonal Honey Bee and Shelterbelt Research Technician: North Dakota

North Dakota State University, Hettinger Research Extension Center
Hettinger, ND
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12/hr and housing provided
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Last Date to Apply
The NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center is hiring a research technician to assist with a honey bee and shelterbelt (windbreak/tree row) research project. The technician will assist an MS student in data collection at apiary sites in western North Dakota and South Dakota. This research will help quantify the importance of tree and shrub floral resources for managed honey bees in the Northern Great Plains. Position duties will vary throughout the position. Duties include equipment preparations, site set up and take down, data entry, and data collection. Prior to the field season, the technician will assist with equipment preparations, site set up and honey bee health assessments. Each week during the field season technicians will visit apiary sites to open and close pollen traps, collect pollen samples, and upload hive scale weights. When needed, technicians will also conduct weekly tree row surveys. Data collection for this project will likely conclude in late July, though there may be opportunities to continue helping with this project and additional research projects into August. The hired technician will work closely with honey bees in protective gear. Due to work with both honey bees and pollen, this may not be a position suited for people with bee or pollen allergies. Additionally, technicians should be prepared to work in locations with ticks and wide-ranging weather conditions. Technicians may be required to drive/work long hours during the field season, though work will not exceed 40 hours per week. A work vehicle will be provided for travel to and from survey sites, though all non-work-related driving (grocery shopping, etc.) must be done in personal vehicles.
Strong applicants will have previous experience with beekeeping/honey bees and feel comfortable regularly working with bees in apiaries. Additionally, applicants with previous field work, work on research projects, and/or work in a lab setting will stand out. This project requires detail-oriented technicians who are able to consistently follow research protocol. Applicants should be motivated, flexible, and independent. Applicants must have a valid driver's license. To Apply: Please send a cover letter explaining past work experiences and future goals, CV, and contact information for three professional references to Hailey Keen ( The position may be filled before the application due date.
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