Zaaga’iganan Kinship Project Intern at Trout Lake Station

Employer: Raymond Allen (; he/him)


We seek a summer undergraduate student to participate in a social science research project related to human relationships to lakes in Northern Wisconsin. This research project is out of the University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology (CFL) field station at Trout Lake Research Station (Boulder Junction, WI). The project will focus on lakes associated with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and Vilas and Oneida County.

Work will include scheduling, assisting, and/or conducting interviews of people; editing recording videos and audio; transcribing audio recording (minimal); assisting in organizing a community event. Student researchers will gain experience and knowledge in the local lake environments, and interviewing skills.

Having students with different life experiences and backgrounds is critical to ensure the exchange of diverse ideas which is necessary 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 (some training provided):

  • Scheduling interviews via email, phone calls, and in-person
  • Assisting in setting up recording equipment
  • Data collection and processing
  • Transcribing and annotating interviews
  • Performing semi-formal interviews during normal work hours and sometimes evenings and weekends
  • Communicating with local fish harvesters; community members; researchers, etc
  • Must live on site (i.e., Trout Lake Station) or nearby to conduct interviews in-person
  • Must attend undergraduate trainings and weekly evening seminars at Trout Lake Station, and willing to assist in project collaborator events (e.g., Lakes Fest)
  • Working mostly on site (i.e., Trout Lake Station) with the possibility of working with collaborators at Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources in Lac du Flambeau, WI


The successful applicant:

  • Is an undergraduate
  • Will have enthusiasm to work with and interviewing people
  • Will have good organizational skills for collecting, storing, and curating data
  • Will have an understanding of Tribal Data Sovereignty (desired but not required)
  • Will have a general understanding of animals and plants in the region
  • Is comfortable traveling to off-site (non-Trout Lake Station) interview locations
  • Is able to commit for the full summer
  • Will have a 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


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 experience! Student research experience at TLS video.

How to apply:

  • Application link
  • Priority consideration deadline:  February 21, 2024
  • We accept applications until all positions are filled.
  • Please choose “preference not listed” and fill the position title – Zaaga’iganan Kinship Project Intern at Trout Lake Station – in the text box. Please contact Ray Allen if you have any questions.

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