LTER Base Crew – Trout Lake Station

Employer: Carol Warden ( (she/her/hers) and Paul Schramm ( (he/him/his)


We are seeking 3 motivated and independent undergraduate students to be part of the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research (NTL LTER) project. We study the ecology of lakes as one of a network of sites established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support long-term ecological research.

The Base Crew positions collect biological and limnological samples from our seven study lakes. This sampling includes zooplankton, chlorophyll, temperature, dissolved gases (O2, CO2, CH4, etc..), nutrients, and water chemistry (50% of the position). Preforming the associated lab analyses and data entry of the collected samples (30% of the position).  Along with the routine limnological sampling an annual fisheries survey will be conducted involving netting and electrofishing (20% of the position).

This work, as well as opportunities to participate in other projects taking place at Trout Lake, will result in a summer of interesting and varied research experience.  There is also the opportunity to design and conduct an independent research project over the course of the summer that will culminate in a short presentation to your colleagues at Trout Lake Station

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):

  • collect samples from our seven northern study lakes for a variety of biological, physical and chemical properties, spending roughly 40% of your time outdoors on the lakes
  • perform associated laboratory and data entry work in addition to the field work
  • fish sampling with a variety equipment including nets and electrofishing
  • conduct an independent project culminating in a short seminar presentation at the end of the summer


  • Careful attention to detail and established protocols to maintain the high quality of our long term database
  • Work outdoors and on boats in any weather
  • Be physically able to lift and carry a moderate amount of gear over short distances
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a partner in the field
  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is required


  • Number of positions: 3
  • Start Date: mid/late-May 2024
  • End Date: late-August 2024
  • Pay: $14.50 no experience; $14.75 some experience; $15.00 very experienced

Location and Housing:

These positions are located at the Center for Limnology’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
  • Priority consideration deadline:  February 21, 2024
  • We accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • Indicate preference for LTER Base Crew – Trout Lake Station on your application and contact Carol Warden and Paul Schramm if you have any questions.

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