Greenhouse Gas Dynamics in Wisconsin Waters: Field and Lab Assistant

Employer: Emily Stanley (, she/her)


We would like to hire two undergraduate students to participate in a study of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) in lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers as part of a larger effort to understand how human activities affect the production and release of these gases from aquatic ecosystems. The positions will involve substantial field work that involves visiting multiple aquatic sites in southern and central Wisconsin to collect water and gas samples and make additional water quality measurements. Sample collection will require use of canoes or small motorboats. Sample processing in the laboratory and data entry are also part of the position. An emphasis on field work means that there will be occasional long days and the potential for working in challenging conditions. Experience with canoes and/or small boats, as well as trailering is desirable but not required.

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.


  • Collecting samples from streams and lakes in southern and central Wisconsin

  • Assistance with sample preparation and laboratory analysis

  • Data entry and preliminary analysis

  • General support of project team


  • Experience working in a laboratory setting

  • Basic chemistry knowledge

  • Comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions

  • Strong interest in scientific research

  • Ability to lift, carry heavy objects (up to 40 lbs)

  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is required


  • Number of positions2
  • Start date: mid/late May 2024
  • End date: mid/late August 2024
  • Pay: $14.50 no experience; $14.75 some experience; $15.00 very experienced

Location and Housing:

This position is based full-time at Hasler Lab at the Center for Limnology in Madison, WI. Housing is not provided. Parking at the CFL/on campus is also not included.

 How to Apply:

  • Application link
  • Priority consideration deadline:  February 21, 2024
  • We accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • Indicate preference for Greenhouse Gas Dynamics in Wisconsin Waters: Field and Lab Assistant on your application and contact Emily Stanley if  you have any questions.

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