Fish Ecology Field Assistant

Employer: Holly Embke ( (she/her/hers)


Fish communities in northern lakes of Wisconsin are changing; cold water species are declining as warm water species are expanding. Understanding the drivers and consequences of these fish community changes are of primary interest to agency and UW aquatic ecologists. Research focuses on characterizing the abundance/distribution of several fish species and their prey resources during a whole-lake experiment. For more information on the project, see Most of the work will be based in the field and may require long hours. Fish sampling and habitat characterization will be done by boat. Technicians will gain experience with several fish, invertebrate, and limnological sampling methods.

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.


  • Safe operation of UW – Madison boats and vehicles
  • Launching and towing boats
  • Careful data collection and sample processing
  • Deploying and retrieving fish/invertebrate sampling equipment
  • Handling and measuring fish
  • Conduct habitat surveys
  • Assist with field and lab equipment maintenance
  • Entering data into database


  • Must be eager to learn and have a genuine interest in aquatic ecology
  • Maintain positive attitude while conducting field work
  • Comfortable getting muddy while working outdoors
  • Work in all safe weather conditions
  • Be able to lift and carry a moderate amount (~30 lbs) of gear over short distances
  • Must be able to swim
  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is preferred


  • Number of positions: 1-3
  • Start date: mid to late May 2022
  • End date: late August 2022
  • Pay: $14.50 no experience; $14.75some experience; $15.00 very experienced


These positions are located at the CFL’s 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.
  • Indicate preference for Fish Ecology Field Assistant on your application and contact Holly Embke if you have any questions.

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