We are no longer accepting applications at this time
Full-time seasonal field assistant positions begin around June 1, 2022 and continue for 10 to 16 weeks (depending on the position). Our lab studies the links between insects, landscapes, and their conservation in support of healthy ecosystems and human well being. Specific projects are listed below, though assistants may work across multiple projects. All positions are based in Madison, WI with frequent travel around southern and central Wisconsin. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm for insect conservation, ecology, and/or sustainable agriculture.
Position: Student field assistant (multiple available)
- Pay rate: $15 / hour
- Start date/duration: Full-time seasonal position for ~10-12 weeks between May and August
Position: Non-student field technician (multiple available)
- Pay rate: $16+ / hour
- Start date/duration: Full-time seasonal position for ~10-16 weeks between May and August
- Handle & identify plants and insects in the field
- Collect, record, & process data
- Maintain field equipment
- Be willing to work in challenging conditions (high temperatures, buggy, steep slopes, tall vegetation, heavy pollen, etc.)
- Work independently & collaborate with a team
- Drive to & from field sites (<50 miles of Madison) using a University vehicle
- Some projects may require long hours or weekend work
- Valid US driver’s license and ability to obtain driver authorization from UW Risk Management (https://businessservices.wisc.edu/managing-risk/driver-authorization-and-insurance/driver-authorization/#become – see “Requirement Criteria”)
- Attention to detail and ability to stay focused on tedious or repetitive tasks
- Coursework or interest in ecology, biology, entomology, or related fields
- Ability to work independently and with others
- Experience with or willingness to learn insect handling, including bees, and processing techniques
- Enjoy being outside, comfortable working in hot/humid conditions
- Please note: we do not provide housing but are happy to give recommendations
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. Our lab aims to make science and ecology more inclusive of people of all identities, and we strongly encourage people of color, and people of all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. See our full equity and inclusion statement on our website: http://gratton.entomology.wisc.edu/equity-inclusion-statement/
We are no longer accepting applications at this time.
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Bumble bee population dynamics and restoration ecology
Project Lead: Jade Kochanski
Evaluating efficacy of prairie restorations as a tool for conserving bumble bee populations. We will survey bumble bees in prairies across southern Wisconsin using a range of methods to measure their population dynamics, collect tissue for genetic analyses in the lab, and quantify habitat quality. Possibility of continuing lab work and sample processing during the academic year.
Bumble bee habitat management
Project Lead: Genevieve Pugesek
Exploring the effects of controlled burns on bumble bee communities. We will visit natural areas across southern Wisconsin to survey bumble bee abundance and the availability of nesting and floral resources in burned and unburned oak savannas. Field technicians will gain experience handling insects, conducting transect surveys, and identifying bumble bees and flowering plants to species (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this project).This article was posted in Lab News.