Regional Water Quality Research Assistant

Employer: Noah Lottig (


Trout Lake Station and the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research Program will be conducting a survey of 28 lakes across northern Wisconsin. We will quantify water quality, shoreline habitat, and aquatic plant communities over the course of the summer. Successful applicants will be part of a team (total of six) research assistants associated with this project. Students will gain valuable experience in multiple different lake sampling methods and be well prepared for future lake research positions. This survey was first completed six years ago and several students involved in that survey have either completed graduate school, obtained permanent positions with the Wisconsin DNR, and/or obtained positions in other natural science jobs.

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):

  • Safe operation of UW – Trout Lake boats and vehicles
  • Launching and towing boats
  • Collecting water quality, shoreline habitat, and plant community data
  • Preform associated laboratory and data entry work in addition to field work


  • Careful attention to detail and established protocols to maintain the high quality of our long term database
  • Work outdoors 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 preferred


  • Number of positions: 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 located at 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 Noah Lottig if you have any questions.

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