Joining the Cariveau lab

Prospective students

Graduate students interested in obtaining a Master’s or PhD degree with Dr. Cariveau are encouraged to contact him directly by phone or email to determine the availability of financial (grant) support for new students. Requirements for acceptance in the Department of Entomology are outlined clearly in the departmental website:

Students are expected to be collaborative scientists that are creative, highly-motivated, and insatiably curious. Much of the research involves field ecology, and good humor while working long hours in hot, humid and bug-ridden conditions is necessary. Finally, graduate school can be challenging, arduous, exciting and fulfilling. A wonderful resource for what to expect and how to be successful as a graduate student in ecology and entomology can be found on Spencer Hall’s website (

Employment in the lab

Job Posting: Field Research Technicians with the Cariveau Native Bee Lab

The Cariveau Native Bee Lab is looking for qualified applicants to fill 10 technician positions, April through September 2019.

Salary:  $10.75 - 17/hour (commensurate with experience)

Start Date: Project Dependent Application Deadline: February 22, 2019


Projects Hiring

  • Prairie restoration project that examines establishment of pollinator friendly seed-mixes for bees. Technicians will collect data on plant establishment and identify native prairie plant seedlings while sampling wild bees and soil. Prior experience with identifying tallgrass prairie species greatly preferred. Full-time position. Location: Twin Cities Metro

  • Metro area bumble bee survey as part of a larger project using occupancy modeling to combine citizen science and research data to inform conservation efforts. Technicians will enter data, complete bumble bee surveys, conduct plant surveys and data cleaning. Strong quantitative skills and experience with R preferred. Part-time position. Location: Twin Cities Metro.

  • Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project (MAPP) where technicians will conduct honey bee and native bee sampling and plant surveys throughout southwest Minnesota agricultural lands. Full-time position. Location: Western Minnesota, rustic field housing provided.


Responsibilities:   Technicians will conduct field work, observe and collect wild bees, and conduct native plant surveys, process, pin, and label bee and plant specimens collected during the 2019 field season. Technicians will also enter and check data. This work requires attention to detail and an eagerness to learn.   Both independent and group work required.  Lab work will be located at the UMN Bee Research Facility in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Required Qualifications:

  • Valid US driver’s license and US citizen status or permanent resident.

  • Enrollment as a current student or recent graduate (December 2018 - May 2019) with coursework in Entomology, Ecology, Evolution, Conservation, Plant Sciences, Botany, or other experience with insect and plant identification.

  • Effective communication skills with supervisors and small teams.

  • Dependability, punctuality, and ability to complete high quality work during tedious tasks.

  • Ability to work in sunny outdoor conditions and carry up to 50 pounds over consecutive days.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of basic bee biology with experience handling and identifying wild bees.

  • Prairie seedling identification and other botany experience.

  • Familiarity with dichotomous keys.

  • Experience entering data with attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.

Please send a single PDF with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references to Kiley Friedrich ( ), subject line: “2019 Technician Application” followed by your name.  Please identify the project(s) of interest and include your ability to travel outside the Twin Cities for field work.  Application review will begin immediately. Applications due by 5:00 PM CST February 22, 2019.