Urban Angler Interviewers

Employer: Zach Feiner (zsfeiner@wisc.edu, he/him) & Olaf Jensen (ojensen@wisc.edu, he/him) & Lonnie Parry (sparry@wisc.edu) she/her)


This position’s primary responsibility will be to collect data about use and catch information through interviews conducted with anglers at public access points.  These creel interviews will be performed in the greater Milwaukee area, focusing on shore anglers along the Lake Michigan and tributary river shorelines. This job will be performed both under direct and indirect supervision.

The objectives of this research are to understand demographics and composition of urban shore anglers, in addition to their angling behavior, preferences, and attitudes toward management.  This project will inform potential underrepresentation of urban shore angler concerns in current fisheries management practices.

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):

  • Perform creel interviews and instantaneous counts during daylight or nighttime hours at designated fishing sites.
  • Approach and interview all anglers using the public access point.
  • Clean and help maintain the daily equipment.
  • Use Microsoft office to input data that is collected.
  • Must be available to work all weekends.
  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is required.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team.
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
  • Must travel to (or live in) Milwaukee area to conduct creel surveys (travel times are paid, and will be in a UW fleet vehicle).
  • Must be willing to learn how to interview anglers.
  • Must be willing to learn fish identification.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who can conduct interviews in Spanish or Hmong.


  • No experience necessary


  • Number of positions: 2
  • 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 based at Hasler Lab at the Center for Limnology in Madison, WI. Housing is not provided. Parking at the CFL/on campus is also not included.

 How to apply:

  • Application link
  • Application deadline:  February 21, 2024
  • We accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • Indicate preference for Urban Angler Interviewers on your application and contact Zach Feiner, Olaf Jensen & Lonnie Parry if you have any questions.

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