Field Technician, Minnesota Monarch Habitat Monitoring (2 Positions)

  • LTE
  • Minnesota
  • Application deadline: 2021-04-09

Monarch Joint Venture

Position Summary: Join the growing team of the Monarch Joint Venture, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving the monarch butterfly migration across North America. We are hiring a team of two field technicians to study monarch butterfly breeding habitat on roadsides throughout Minnesota in the summer of 2021.

Positions are full time, seasonal, approximately 40 hours per week during June – August. A part-time May start is possible depending on the availability of Technicians. Field technicians must be able to commit to the full monitoring season, drive long distances, and spend occasional overnights away from home. The positions are based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but will involve day trips to survey locations and occasional overnight trips beyond the Twin Cities.

Primary Duties: A team of two field technicians will drive to pre-selected roadway sites throughout Minnesota to perform monarch and vegetation surveys. They will describe features of each site, count monarch host plants (milkweeds), identify flowering plant species and estimate their abundance, examine milkweeds for monarch eggs and caterpillars, and count adult monarchs. This work is part of a study to provide management tools to transportation authorities that enable them to manage roadside habitat more effectively to provide high quality habitat for monarchs.

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