Pond Nutrient Cycling Field and Laboratory Technician

Employer: Jess Briggs (jtbriggs@wisc.edu) she/her/hers, Helen Schlimm (schlimm@wisc.edu) she/her/hers & Grace Wilkinson (gwilkinson@wisc.edu) she/her/hers


The Wilkinson Limnology Lab is looking for two dedicated and inquisitive undergraduate students to be Field and Lab Technicians this summer and work with water around Madison. This position is based at the CFL’s Hasler Lab and will involve local travel to sample focal research ponds and laboratory analysis of various water quality parameters. This summer we will be studying how ponds act as biogeochemical factories within the landscape. The students in this position will support the project team in researching mechanisms controlling nutrient cycling rates in hypereutrophic ponds which are under extraordinary anthropogenic pressure. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to assist the rollout of a new community science monitoring program, including resource development and outreach events. By the end of the summer, the students will gain valuable research experience with sample collection, processing, laboratory analysis, independent research, science communication, and outreach. Work will include c. 40 hours a week, distributed around field sampling schedules.

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.


  • Assistance with weekly field work and sample collection on ponds around Madison
  • Assistance with water and sediment analysis in the lab
  • Regular sample preparation and equipment organization
  • Basic data entry and analysis
  • General support of project team
  • Opportunity to work on independent project
  • Development of educational materials and participation in outreach events (optional)


  • Comfortable working outside and with small boats on water
  • Willing to work under variable weather conditions and occasional irregular hours
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting (coursework experience acceptable)
  • Interested in working closely with small, collaborative project team
  • Interested in science communication and working with volunteers
  • Flexible with problem solving and in-the-field decision making
  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is preferred


  • Number of positions: 2
  • Start date: mid/late May 2022
  • End date: mid/late August 2022
  • Pay: $14.50 no experience; $14.75 some experience; $15.00 very experienced


  • The position is based out of Hasler Lab in Madison, WI. Housing will not be provided.

How to Apply:

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