Job Opportunity: Minnesota Sea Grant Aquatic Research Technician

Apr 20, 2022

Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) seeks a summer 2022 (late June - late August) Aquatic Research Technician. This is a student position that will assist staff with MNSG's Enhancing Habitat and Diversity in Cattail-Dominated Shorelines project.

Image credit: Amy Schrank

Quick Reference

  • Who's hiring: Minnesota Sea Grant
  • Location: Project based in St. Paul, Minn., but travel throughout the state is required
  • Duration: Late June 2022 through late August 2022
  • Compensation: $13.25 per hour
  • Hours Approximately 40 hours per week; hours/days may be variable and include weekends
  • Open: April 20, 2022
  • Closes: May 2, 2022
  • Application website: University of Minnesota
  • Job ID: 347345
  • Contact: Amy Schrank,

Project Description

Invasive, hybrid cattail have expanded into Minnesota's nearshore lake zones, altering habitat for fishes and displacing native plant species. The objective of the Cattail-Dominated Shorelines project is to understand the effects of hybrid cattail invasion on the ecological dynamics of nearshore lake communities across Minnesota. The project team will compare regional effects of cattail removal on nearshore lake ecosystems in nine lakes across ecoregions of Minnesota by measuring water quality variables, identifying plants, and sampling and identifying fishes.

Primary Job Duties

  • Travel to nine or more lakes across Minnesota throughout the summer for extensive field work.
  • Set and retrieve minnow traps to collect and identify fishes.
  • Help identify and enumerate nearshore plant species.
  • Measure water quality and other physical habitat variables in the field.
  • Collect and record accurate, detailed field data and notes.
  • Properly care for all sampling equipment, follow safety procedures, and follow animal use permit requirements.

Skills Required

  • Must be organized, responsible, detail oriented, and willing to work as a team member.
  • Must be able to conduct field work under all outdoor conditions (rain, heat, wind, bugs).
  • Must be able to hike 4 miles carrying up to 40 lbs of equipment over uneven and/or steep terrain.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must be comfortable working in/around water and canoeing/kayaking to some sites.
  • Must be comfortable camping for at least two weeks .
  • Must demonstrate and maintain a positive attitude and eagerness to learn

Preferred Skills and Attributes

  • Past experience with fish and/or plant identification/sampling.
  • Past field work/research/outdoor experience.
  • Experience using a hand-held GPS.

How to Apply

  1. Go to University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources 'find a job' webpage.
  2. Select the 'Students' button job.
  3. Enter #347345 at the top of the page in the "Search Jobs" field.
  4. Email Amy Schrank for more information.

About Minnesota Sea Grant

Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) is one of 34 nationwide federal-university partnership programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Sea Grant programs draw on the expertise of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students to help citizens better understand, conserve and use America's coastal resources. MNSG partners with the University of Minnesota and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has offices in Duluth and the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. MNSG’s mission is to facilitate interaction among the public and scientists to enhance communities, the environment, and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters by identifying information needs, fostering research and communicating results.