Employment Opportunities

Undergraduate office assistant

The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is looking for an undergraduate student employee to provide support for communications, development, events, and other MAISRC activities. This could consist of data entry, office organization, meeting planning, and other duties as assigned.

Location: St. Paul campus
Salary: $12/hour
Hours: 8-12 per week; exact hours will be based on employee availability

Required qualifications

  • Current undergraduate in good academic standing
  • Enrollment for fall 2018
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

Bonus qualifications (not required)

  • Knowledgeable about campus resources (such as reserving rooms)
  • Experience with the University’s Donor Management System
  • Strong communication skills
  • Interest in aquatic invasive species or other natural resource issues

About the unit
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is an interdisciplinary research center located on the St. Paul campus. We work to develop research-based solutions that can reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota.

To apply
Please submit a resume and brief cover letter indicating your interest in this position to Christine at leex2315@umn.edu. Application review will begin immediately and the employee may start as soon as possible.  

Contact Christine Lee at leex2315@umn.edu

Seasonal Aquatic Field Technician

Preferred start date: Mid-April
Duration: 5−6 months
Salary: $15/hr
Hours: 20−40 hrs/week (not to exceed 536 total hours)

The Larkin Lab at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is seeking a seasonal, part-time field technician (20−40 hrs/week) to assist with research projects on the aquatic invasive species Eurasian watermilfoil and starry stonewort. Work will be based out of the University of Minnesota (St. Paul campus) and will involve travel to field sites within the metro-area as well as some overnight travel in greater Minnesota. Work will be heavily field-based (~80/20 field/office split) and involve operating watercraft, sampling aquatic vegetation, and recording and entering field data.

The technician will assist with various tasks for multiple research projects throughout the summer field season. Work will include aquatic plant sampling using several methods (including surface and underwater observations, rake-based methods, and underwater video), recording data in the field, and entering data in the office. The technician will help with driving to field sites while towing a boat trailer and will operate a tiller boat to access sampling locations. Field sampling will also include operation of a handheld GPS unit, a water quality probe, and a spectrometer. Office work will include entering field data and entering data from videos recorded in the field. If SCUBA certified, the technician will assist with operating SCUBA equipment and diving, including under conditions of low light and dense plant growth. The technician may also assist with lab experiments and other projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Experience safely operating watercraft and towing boat trailers
  • Valid U.S. state driver’s license
  • Ability to work long hours outside and in inclement weather conditions
  • Ability to travel for work up to 4-5 days at a time
  • Ability to lift 30+ lbs.


  • Prior aquatic fieldwork experience
  • Experience working with aquatic plants
  • Experience identifying plants using field guides and dichotomous keys
  • SCUBA certification and experience
  • Minnesota boater safety certification

To Apply:
Send the following application materials to Wesley Glisson at wglisson@umn.edu

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact information for three (3) references