Urban Water Quality Field & Laboratory Assistant

Employers: Adrianna Gorsky (agorsky@wisc.edu; she/her)

DescriptionWe are looking for an enthusiastic undergraduate researcher to assist in field and laboratory work to further our understanding of urban retention ponds. For flood reduction and nutrient retention, these ponds are now abundant across our landscape. This person will aide in sample collection from constructed ponds across Dane County with a focus on understanding methane production and emissions. We intend to use a variety of sampling techniques to understand the drivers and dominate pathways of methane emissions. There is also a potential opportunity to develop an independent project with the data.

It is important to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within the scientific community, and more specifically, freshwater sciences. We strongly encourage people of color and people of all genders, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds to apply.


  • Safe operation of UW – Madison boats and vehicles
  • Careful data collection and sample processing including water chemistry, sediment samples, dissolved gas, and gas fluxes
  • Assisting with field and lab equipment maintenance
  • Basic data processing
  • General field work support


  • Must be eager to learn and have a genuine interest in aquatic ecology
  • Maintain positive attitude while conducting work
  • Must be willing to work under sometimes adverse conditions (i.e., hot sun, humid, rain, cold, etc.) for long hours
  • Be able to lift and carry a moderate amount (~30-50 lbs) of gear over short distances
  • Must be able to swim
  • Must be comfortable in canoes and small boats
  • Valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is preferred


  • Number of positions1 @ ~30-40 hours per week
  • Start date: mid to late May 2021
  • End date: late August 2021
  • Pay:  $11.50-no experience; $11.75-some experience; $12.00-very experienced
    • May also be selected for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship, which includes leading an independent project.


This position will be based out of the Hasler Lab (680 N Park Street) on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

How to apply:

  • Please send a brief interest statement (1 paragraph) and resume/CV as a single PDF to Adrianna Gorsky (agorsky@wisc.edu). Please include relevant field experience, course work, and research interests in your application package. For further details on this project and position, please contact Adrianna Gorsky. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.

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