Employment Opportunities

Now hiring: Junior lab technician


Required: High school graduation or the equivalent with some science courses and laboratory experience.  

Preferred: BS or BA degree in natural sciences with experience in microsopy.  Interest and experience in aquatic or marine sciences is a plus.

About the Job:

This person serves as the laboratory and field research assistant to the PI on zebra mussel research.  The goals of the project are to determine toxicity of a mollusk pesticide to zebra mussel larvae in research enclosures placed within Lake Minnetonka.  The position is full time for 2 months, starting June 5, 2017. 

  • Assist in constructing sampling gear (5%),
  • Work in the field on deploying sampling gear and collecting larval samples (30%)
  • Work in the laboratory scoring the results of toxicity trials using cross polarized light microscopy (65%)

Participation in other field projects in the McCartney lab, and a longer-term appointment is also available for fall of 2017.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted online. Search for job number 317128. 


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Now hiring: Aquatic invasive species program coordinator

About the position:

This position is accountable to the University of Minnesota Extension Program Leader for Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education in the Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The person chosen for this position will join a statewide team of regional and campus-based individuals focused on invasive species, natural resources, and related programs.

The position will be housed with the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education Program team in Extension.

Working Title: Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator

Appointment: Full-time, AFSCME Technical, 4912 Community Program Assistant, funded through August 2017. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made.

Center/Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources-Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education

Location: Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center, St. Paul Campus

Application Deadline: Review of the application will begin March 31, 2017; position will remain open until filled

Hourly Salary Range: $15.15 – $23.46 (DOQ)

About the program:

The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator will help develop and implement joint Extension/Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) programs that train citizen scientists to contribute to statewide AIS detection and monitoring efforts: the LCCMR-funded programs AIS Detectors and AIS Trackers. This person will work closely with program leads Dan Larkin and Megan Weber, as well as other Extension and MAISRC faculty and staff.

This position will assist with coordinating the University of Minnesota (U of M) effort to train volunteers to identify, report, and monitor target AIS. This effort will include assisting with development and delivery of online and in-person trainings to:

  • Equip volunteers to identify key AIS and native species that could be confused with AIS,
  • Train and support volunteers to perform AIS surveillance and monitoring,
  • Deliver AIS Detectors workshops—full-day, in-person trainings across the state on AIS ecology, identification, reporting, and monitoring.

Trainings will be delivered statewide. Training partners include the University of Minnesota, Extension, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and numerous local partners.

Responsibilities and performance expectations:

70% - Educational Development & Implementation:

  • Assist with development, implementation and evaluation of AIS educational activities online and in-person.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining supplies to be used for trainings and for volunteer work related to AIS.
  • Coordinate logistics, including scheduling, participant registration and communication, room reservations, communication with instructors, development and distribution of educational materials, and other tasks as assigned.

20% - Administration:

  • Maintain records and assist with preparation of reports on program activities, outcomes, and grants.
  • Learn and assist with technical support for online AIS tracking systems and help volunteers utilize these systems.

10% - Community Relations:

  • Assist in developing and sustaining collaborations and partnerships with AIS stakeholders.

Required education and experience

Two years of education in the area of Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, or a related field AND at least two years of experience (paid or unpaid) related to position responsibilities.

Examples of related experience include, but are not limited to: invasive species; resource management; adult non-formal education; volunteer management; digital media and communication technologies.

Preferred education and experience:

Additional education or a completed Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, or a closely related field. Additional education is preferred in aquatic ecology, environmental management, adult education, environmental education and interpretation, program development, and formal and non-formal science education.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to help coordinate, develop, and deliver effective educational programs.
  • Evidence of skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively with new and diverse audiences.
  • Organization and detail management.


This full-time, temporary AFSCME Technical position in the University job code 4912 Community Program Assistant

  1. The appointment is funded for an initial period of six months. The appointment may be extended depending on performance and availability of funding. 
  2. University of Minnesota benefits apply and information is found at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/prod/groups/ohr/@pub/@ohr/documents/asset/ohr_56709.pdf
  3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. Must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and legally required vehicle insurance.
  4. Salary commensurate with education and related experience.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position.  Please attach a cover letter, resume, transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and names and contact information for three related professional references. 

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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