Research Assistant – Bog Microbial Ecology and Bog Path Restoration

Employer: Prof. Katherine McMahon

Contact: Charles Olmsted ( (he/him/his)

Description and Responsibilities: 

In summer, after receiving training, you will be responsible for our Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) “Microbial Observatory” project which involves weekly sampling of 5 bog lakes near UW Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction, WI 54512 during which you will live in free student housing on station. You will also be responsible for curating the data you collect. Meanwhile to summer sampling, you will have a personal project to complete. Usually, it would be a research-based project, but the bog paths severely need to be rebuilt for future sampling efforts. Your project will be to plan, perform, and document the process of rebuilding 2 bog paths and improving the remaining 3.

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.


  • Prior lab, field, or programming experience is not required.
  • We are most interested in an applicant who is enthusiastic about the work, self-motivated, and independent.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Meticulously organized records of data must be maintained.
  • Training will be provided in the necessary sampling and field techniques.
  • Training will be provided for boat operation, but the RA must be comfortable being on the water alone.
  • Must have some experience with wood working and power tools. Some training can be offered.
  • Valid driver’s license that meets  UW Risk Management standards  is required.


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

Location and Housing:

This position is 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:
  • 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 Charles Olmsted if you have any questions.

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