Creel Technician

Employer: Zach Feiner (, he/him), Ashley Trudeau (, she/they) and Amanda Kerkhove (, she/her/hers)


This position’s primary responsibility will be to collect data about use and catch information through interviews conducted with anglers at public access points  These creel interviews will be performed in both Dane and Vilas counties in Wisconsin. This job will be performed both under direct and indirect supervision.

The objectives of this research are to understand demographic patterns of panfish anglers across the state of Wisconsin, assess the degree to which technology use impacts catch efficiency, and evaluate the effects of technology on angler satisfaction.

Having students with different life experiences and backgrounds is critical to ensure the exchange of diverse ideas that is called for in training tomorrow’s scientists. Because we are actively working to increase diversity and inclusivity in our discipline, underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities (training provided):

  • Perform creel interviews and instantaneous counts during the daylight hours from a designated parking area.
  • Approach and interview all anglers using the public access point.
  • Clean and help maintain the daily equipment.
  • Use Microsoft office to input data that is collected.
  • Must be available to work all weekends.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and be able to pass UW driver authorization. (This authorization requires you to have had your driver’s license for at least 2 years.)
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team.
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
  • Must be willing to travel to Trout Lake station in Vilas county for 1 week at a time (travel times are paid, and will be in a UW fleet vehicle. Housing at Trout Lake Station will be provided.)
  • Must be willing to learn how to interview anglers.
  • Must be willing to learn to drive a boat.
  • Must be willing to learn fish identification.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who can conduct interviews in Spanish or Hmong.


  • No experience necessary


  • Number of positions: 4-5
  • Start Date: mid/late-May 2022
  • End Date: late-August 2022
  • Pay: $14.50 no experience; $14.75 some experience; $15.00 very experienced

Location and Housing:

These positions are based out of Hasler Lab in Madison, WI (housing not provided) and Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction, WI in northern Wisconsin. Dormitory style housing (not food) is provided free of charge. Enjoy swimming, hiking, fishing, biking and shoreline campfires while gaining valuable research experience!

 How to apply:

  • Application link:
  • Application deadline:  March 14, 2022
  • We accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • This position title is not indicated on the online application system which means you will not “indicate preference” for this position.
  • Contact Zach Feiner ( if you have any questions.

The CFL is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to an inclusive and positive working environment for all.