Pollination Ecology Research Assistant

The ILER-CARADONNA LAB is looking for students with fieldwork experience to be part of an experimental plant demography project at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Gothic, CO, USA (https://www.rmbl.org/). The project addresses how pollinator declines will affect plant population dynamics in multiple plant species. Multiple positions are available. The start date is somewhat flexible beginning in late May/early June and runs for up to 13 weeks depending on specific start date. Main tasks include:

  • Measuring demographic vital rates on individual plants (size, reproductive status, etc.),
  • Applying pollination treatments (hand pollinations and bagging flowers/inflorescences),
  • Pollinator observations
  • Other general ecological fieldwork tasks

Internship Benefits

As part of this position, there are opportunities to develop independent projects that fulfill the broader goals of the experimental demography project, in addition to a variety of training opportunities at the RMBL (for example, workshops on data analysis in R, visual design, and science communication).The position includes housing and fees associated with staying at the RMBL:

  • Travel stipend (up to $400)
  • Weekly stipend ($300)


Undergraduate students, students with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, and students in between undergraduate and graduate programs are all encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants that have previous field experience. Students interested in plant-pollinator interactions, population dynamics, and/or conservation ecology are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send the following two documents to AMY ILER via email (ailer@chicagobotanic.org) by 1 February 2020 in Word or PDF format

  1. CV (including contact information for 2–3 references)
  2. One paragraph statement that includes (i) how the position helps you to achieve your career goals and (ii) why you are a good fit for the position (no more than 1⁄2 page, standard font size).