Native Bee Collection Technician

Duration: 10-20 weeks (flexible), start date as soon as possible.

Salary: Full-time or Part-time; $12.00/hour (hours per week are flexible)


The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University is seeking to hire a lab technician based at the main East Lansing campus, primarily working in the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (Natural Sciences building). This position will be mentored on a day to day basis by Dr. Kelsey Graham, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Dept. of Entomology.

This position will be a part of the Great Lakes Pollinator Health Project. One of the aims of this project is to investigate long term population trends in Michigan bees. With this goal in mind, we are comparing current wild bee diversity to historic diversity. This position will be responsible for databasing bees located in the Arthropod Research Collection, and helping manage the Isaacs lab bee collection (Center for Integrated Plant Systems building).

This will largely be an independent position with flexible hours. This can be a full-time position (where you will have additional responsibilities in the lab) or as a part-time position, ideal for a student taking summer classes or someone with another part-time position.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially encourage applications from minority and underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications

  • Interest in research in entomology, taxonomy, and/or museum curation
  • Attention to detail and protocols
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience with data entry

Desired Skills:

  • Courses in Entomology
  • Experience working in a collection
  • Experience with data analysis in Excel, and R


To apply, please send:

  1. a cover letter describing relevant experience and primary interests
  2. your resume/curriculum vitae
  3. 3) the names and email addresses of three references.

Send as one PDF to Dr. Kelsey Graham ( by May 10, 2019 with “Collections Technician” in the subject line.