Wild Rice Intern at Trout Lake Station

Employer:  Gretchen Gerrish (ggerrish@wisc.edu; she/her)


We are seeking a field and lab undergraduate intern to participate in an ongoing project exploring the decline of wild rice in the Northern Highland Lake District in northern WI. Working under a field and lab supervisor, this person will conduct field work, lab work and enter data.  This researcher will live and work at the Center for Limnology’s (CFL) field station at Trout Lake Station (TLS) in Vilas County, WI.


  • Conduct field work and collect data with supervisor on six area lakes
  • Ready all field equipment
  • Help trailer, launch, and drive boat (training will be provided)
  • Learn to identify aquatic plants
  • Enter data
  • Help with coring and processing core samples in the lab


The successful applicant:

  • is an undergraduate
  • will have had some coursework in limnology, botany, ecology or related fields
  • will have some experience doing field work (preferably on lakes)
  • is comfortable on and in water
  • will have an enthusiastic approach to field work, including tolerance of unpleasant weather in the field
  • will have excellent attitude when working with others
  • will have good organizational skills for assisting with field work and data collection
  • will have a familiarity with boating and trailering (desired but not required)
  • will have valid driver’s license which meets UW Risk Management standards is required.


  • Number of positions: 1
  • Start date: mid May 2024
  • End date: mid August 2024
  • Pay:  $14.50 no experience; $14.75 some experience; $15.00 very experienced


These positions are located at the CFL’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
  • Priority consideration deadline:  February 21, 2024
  • We accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • Indicate preference for Wild Rice Intern at TLS on your application and contact Gretchen Gerrish or Susan Knight if you have any questions.

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