Bee Research Technician

Location: East Lansing, MI
Deadline: March 1, 2017

We seek to hire a full-time field and laboratory technician for Summer 2017 to assist with multiple research projects related to pollinators in Michigan tree fruit orchards. The main projects the tech would be working on include: 

- Determining the field-level pesticide exposure of honey bees during Michigan orchard bloom 

-Determining if commonly used fungicides are repelling honey bees during bloom 

-Investigating the abundance and diversity of bees in Michigan fruit crops and mature wildflower restorations 

This work will require working with active honey bee hives, and possibly bumble bee colonies, as well as netting bees off of vegetation. 

Possible need for extended stays at an MSU field research station near Traverse City for a 3-week period in May during fruit crop bloom, as well as possible overnight stays during sampling rounds throughout the summer. Accommodations at the field station are covered. 

The majority of the work will be fieldwork, but this position will also include laboratory work for sample processing, data entry, etc. Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), honey bee hive sampling, visual pollinator observations, wildflower plant surveys, pollination experiments, netting bees and other insects, data entry, measuring fruit yields, and labeling and curating bee specimens. 

Required Qualifications: 

Interest in field research in entomology, agriculture, conservation biology, field ecology 

Valid U.S. driver’s license 

Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions 

Attention to details, protocols, organization 

Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

 

Not scared of/allergic to bees 

 

Able to lift 40+ pounds 

 

Able to occasionally stay overnight at the field station (near Traverse City) 

 

Desired Skills: 

Laboratory Experience 

Insect collection and preservation 

Plant identification (especially wildflowers) 

Beekeeping 

Pollen identification 

Communication skills and outreach education 

Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel, SQL, and R 

Passion for Science! 

 

Job Details: 

Employment period: Earlier start date (part time) desired, but full time employment would begin May 8th and continue through August 25, 2017 with the potential for continued part time employment during the fall semester (depending on project needs). 

Full time: 40 hours/week 

Starting salary: $11/hr 

 

To apply: 

Send a CV and a one-page cover letter describing relevant experience in field ecology, why you want to work in the lab, primary interests, and potential start date. Include the names and email addresses of two references.

Send as one PDF to Jacquelyn Albert (albertj9@msu.edu) by March 1, 2017 with “Technician Application- LAST NAME” in the subject line.