Ecologist Intern

  • Green Job Crawler
  • Otsego, MN
  • 27 Apr, 2020

Job Description

The Ecologist Intern executes a vegetation diversity study for various solar sites in Minnesota. Vegetative surveys are conducted three times per growing season on each site. Study Summary: Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL), a leader in ecological restoration, has received a MN Department of Agriculture (MDA) Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DEMONSTRATION GRANT funding to develop and implement a three-year field study to determine the impacts of prescribed sheep grazing on restored pollinator habitat. The aim is to establish up to seven study sites in 5 counties that are currently developed as solar production facilities. Each will be managed using prescribed sheep grazing and will have established vegetation plots excluded from this practice. Locations will be grazed once per season at high stocking rates to reduce the duration of the graze while achieving the vegetation reduction objectives. Over the course of three growing seasons, each location will be grazed up to three times. Each site will be evaluated three times per growing season to determine changes in plant species diversity and density using established vegetation survey procedures. Duties and Responsibilities: Identifies native and non-native herbaceous upland species at several solar sites located in or near the Twin Cities or St. Cloud metro areas. Gathers and compiles quantitative scientific data. Writes reports based on gathered scientific data. Presents scientific findings as needed. Performs other duties as assigned. Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or current study in Botany, Plant Taxonomy or related fields preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to positively identify native and non-native herbaceous upland species. Ability to clearly document findings and maintain organized records. Basic computer knowledge, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Must be able to independently travel to and work at each site location. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to adhere to strict PPE and safety standards while on sites. Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. Prolonged periods of time standing. Ability to traverse uneven terrain, which may also include insects and poisonous plants. Must be able to work in varying weather conditions including extreme heat. Additional Information: This internship runs from ~ Mid-May through Mid-September. Compensation: $15-23 per hour DOE. The hours for this position can be somewhat flexible. Selected candidates will need to provide a writing sample. Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc. (MNL) was founded in 1998 as an Ecological Restoration company that specializes in the preservation and restoration of native plant communities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Our dedicated staff has experience designing, installing, and maintaining native ecosystems for: government entities, corporate campuses, energy providers and distributers, and the general public. In addition to our extensive service offerings, we also produce a wide variety of native plants and seed. MNL operates out of three locations in Minnesota, with our headquarters just off I-94 in Otsego. For more information, please visit our website at Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other protected classifications.