Summer Field Assistant 2021

An ideal position for either an undergraduate or a graduate interested in gaining field experience.

The Echinacea Project is looking for interested and enthusiastic summer field assistants for the 2020 summer field season. Our project investigates how small population size and reduced genetic diversity influence individual fitness, population demographics, plant-insect interactions and evolution in the purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia. Summer field assistants will help maintain experimental plots, observe pollinators, remove invasive species, harvest seed, collect data for several long-term research projects, and establish new experiments. This is a great opportunity for aspiring ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists to gain research experience and learn about the ecology and evolution of plants in fragmented prairies! Read about what it’s like working and living in Minnesota.

Qualifications: We are looking for undergraduates or recent graduates who are willing to work outdoors in adverse conditions, pay attention to detail, exhibit patience, possess good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, work well independently and as part of a team, and have an interest in scientific research. Members of groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply. No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working.

Details: The field season runs from June to October. We anticipate hiring assistants from June through August, with the possibility of extension later into the fall. There is a $600/week stipend and housing is supplied.

How to apply

  1. Please fill out the online form at this link.
  2. Send a cover letter, your resume, and a transcript (unofficial OK) in one email to Use the subject line: “Summer Field Assistant 2021” and format your cover letter, resume, and transcript as pdf files. Begin each file name with your surname.  Please ask one of your references to send a letter of recommendation to
Laura taking data

Laura taking data

In your cover letter please include…

  • why you are interested
  • what are your future plans
  • when you can start and end
  • who will serve as your reference
  • your email and phone number

Send your application via email to by 5 March 2021.

Students who are now and will be undergraduates in Fall 2021, should also consider an REU internship.

You are welcome to apply to multiple positions with the same application. Please indicate which positions you are interested in on the form you submit with your application.

Review of applications will begin on 5 March 2021. We’ll accept applications until positions are filled. Be sure to include an email address and phone number where you can be reached during March.

Members of groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply.

More information

First, read about our field season! If you have any questions, contact a team member via e-mail. Read about our lab and field activities on the flog and more about the project’s background.