We are looking for a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate to join our team to study the pollination ecology of two federally-listed endangered plants in Alabama and Tennessee. This technician would assist with field studies on mating patterns, floral traits, and pollinators at select field sites between the two states. In addition, there will be frequent lab work to curate and identify pollinators (particularly bees) and enter data. Field and lab work will primarily run from mid-May to early-September, and start and end dates are flexible for this position. There will be frequent overnight trips, but lodging and food will be provided.
All training will be provided by the Auburn researchers involved in the project, but it will be helpful to have the following:
- prior experience conducting field or lab work
- either basic skills in plant and/or insect identification (e.g. knowledge of major plant and/or insect groups)
- interest in population and/or community ecology (e.g. ecology coursework)
- background in basic statistics (to further understanding of protocols)
This is an ideal position for a student or recent graduate interested in gaining more experience prior to applying for graduate school in either general ecology, pollination ecology or conservation biology. In this position, a technician will interact with several federal and state wildlife professionals, offering an excellent opportunity to learn more about rare species conservation.
If interested, please send a cover letter, one-page resume, and two references to Dr. Charles Ray, research entomologist at Auburn University (email@example.com) by March 1st. Applications will be considered as they arrive, and suitable applicants will interview with the Auburn team.
- current undergraduate or recent graduate in biology or wildlife sciences
- undergraduate coursework in ecology and statistics
- interest in population and/or community ecology
- previous experience with field or lab work (preferably not through university lab course)
- ability to relocate to Auburn, Alabama for the summer