Bees in New Jersey

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We have openings for 8 research technician / field assistant positions in the Winfree lab in spring-summer 2010. See http://winfreelab.rutgers.edu for more information about our lab.


All positions are for field data collection and data processing for research projects on native bee pollination of crops as an ecosystem service, and/or on the restoration of native bee communities. The work includes collecting data on bee visitation to flowers, pollen deposition by different bee species, vegetation transects, net-collecting bee specimens, data entry, GIS data processing, and microscopy identification of pollen. Work dates are somewhat flexible. We are particularly interested in applicants who could stay for more than one position sequentially. Requirements: field research experience; insect identification skills (bee identification a big plus but not strictly required); ability to work long hours outdoors in varied weather conditions; great attention to detail; self-motivation, maturity and ability to work independently. Driver's license required and own vehicle a plus (we reimburse mileage). All positions are paid at between $12-$14 per hour, depending on experience, unless otherwise indicated.

April - September 2010. Carry out weekly surveys of pollinators using experimental plantings of 100 plots to determine the relative effectiveness of different flower species for pollinator restoration programs. Based in Cape May, New Jersey. $18 per hour, or $17,000 for the 6-month field season. 1 position.

Late March - late May 2010. Assist with a study of blueberry pollination in southern New Jersey. Based at the Rutgers Pinelands Field Station in Pemberton, NJ and at the Winfree lab. 3 positions

Early June - late July 2010. Assist with a study of cranberry pollination in southern New Jersey. Based at the Rutgers Pinelands Field Station in Pemberton, NJ and at the Winfree lab. 2 positions

Mid June - late August 2010. Assist with a study of watermelon pollination in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Based at the Winfree lab. 2 positions


Interested applicants should send a description of their background and interest, along with contact information for at least 2 references, to Dan Cariveau cariveau@rci.rutgers.edu.


-- Rachael Winfree Assistant Professor Department of Entomology Rutgers University Tel 732 932 8315 http://winfreelab.rutgers.edu