Aquatic Invasive Species Lab Technician

Employer: Mike Spear (, Jake Vander Zanden (


The Vander Zanden lab is looking for a motivated undergraduate researcher to perform laboratory analysis for our Madison lakes zebra mussel invasion project for the summer 2019 season.  Lab work will include processing adult and larval zebra mussel samples, involving cross-polarized microscopy and zooplankton identification.  Technician will also perform identification and processing of benthic macroinvertebrate and periphyton samples in an effort to track the impacts of the zebra mussel in real time.  This position is largely laboratory-based, but will involve occasional fieldwork on Madison lakes.  Technician will be trained in all field/laboratory techniques.

The position’s hourly commitment can be flexible based on candidate availability and project needs, and could range from 20-40 hours a week to balance students taking summer classes or other jobs.


  • Detail-oriented laboratory work processing invasive species-related biological samples
  • Diligent organization of data records
  • Occasional support of field sampling on lakes


  • Sincere interest in lakes and gaining experience in research
  • Ability to work reliably and with minimal supervision
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Resourceful at problem solving
  • Comfortable working in small boats
  • Comfortable in and on the water
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Willing to work in all safe weather conditions, get wet/muddy, and work long hours in the field.
  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is preferred, not required.


  • Number of positions: 1
  • Start date: Mid to late May 2019 (or as soon as possible)
  • End date: Late August 2019
  • Pay:  $11.00-no experience; $11.25-some experience; $11.50-very experienced

 Location and Housing:

This position is based at the CFL in Madison, WI.  Housing will not be provided.

How to apply:

  • Position filled

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