Joining the Cariveau lab

Prospective students

NOTE: Currently, the lab is not accepting graduate students for Fall 2020. We expect a position to open in Spring or Fall 2021.

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 (

Field Research Technicians

The Cariveau Native Bee Lab is looking for qualified applicants to fill multiple technician positions, May through October 2020.

Salary:  $12-17/hour based on experience, Work-Study students encouraged to apply

Projects Hiring 

  • Prairie restoration projects that examine 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 area. No housing provided.

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

Dates: May - October (flexible end date)

Location Some positions based in Twin Cities metro and others based in southwest Minnesota near Slayton, Minnesota with field housing provided.

Responsibilities:   Technicians will conduct field work, observe and collect wild bees via vacuum and pan traps, conduct native plant surveys, process, pin, and label bee and plant specimens collected during the 2020 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.  


Required Qualifications:

  • Valid US driver’s license and legally able to work in the US

  • Enrollment as a current student or recent graduate 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 hot outdoor conditions and carry up to 30 pounds over consecutive days.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Prior experience with identifying tallgrass prairie species or other botany experience.

  • Familiarity with dichotomous keys.

Visit our application page to submit your resume, cover letter, and references.   Application review will begin immediately. Applications due by 5:00 PM CST February 28, 2020. Please contact Kiley Friedrich ( with any questions or concerns.

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