Summer Field Assistant 2015

An ideal position for either undergraduates or graduates interested in gaining field experience.

The Echinacea Project is looking for interested and enthusiastic summer field assistants for the 2015 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, 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, 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. 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 for both 10 and 18 week durations. There is a $440/week stipend and housing is supplied.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, your resume, and a transcript (unofficial OK) in one email to Use the subject line: “Summer Field Assistant 2015” 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

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  • 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 2015.

Students who are now and will be undergraduates in Fall 2015, should also consider an REU internship.

Review of applications will begin on 5 March 2015. 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

If you have any questions, contact Stuart via e-mail or phone (847-835-6978). Read about the project’s background.