Townsend Lab at UW-Madison seeks Summer 2019 lab & field assistants

Summer 2019 Forestry Field and Lab Assistants


Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Upper Midwest: Lab work in Madison, WI; field work based out of Minocqua, WI

*Job Category*

Temporary/Seasonal Positions



$10-12/hr, DOE

*Start Date*


*Last Date to Apply*

Will accept applicants until positions are filled


FIELD AND LAB ASSISTANTS needed to collect foliar samples, measure net

primary production, process samples for analysis, and collect leaf spectral

measurements using portable spectroradiometers. All assistants will perform

lab duties throughout the summer.  During field campaigns we will pull some

assistants from the lab to do field work. However, we encourage students

who are interested in working exclusively in the lab to apply as well.

*Field work: *The field season is approximately *May 12 – September 3* in

the Northwoods near Minocqua, WI and at agricultural sites in the Central

Sands of Wisconsin in support of airborne hyperspectral measurements

collected periodically throughout the season. Lodging and travel expenses

while away from Madison, WI are provided.

*Lab **work:* Leaf sample processing occurs *year-round* in our Madison, WI

lab, and positions are filled as they become available. Sample processing

includes prepping samples for lab analysis and measuring dry leaf spectra

with a portable spectroradiometer. Lab assistants will also be expected to

do general lab tasks.


*Must be a student enrolled during Fall 2019 (at any university). Current

student hourly employees at UW-Madison are encouraged to apply.* Preferred

applicants will be capable of maintaining a strong field work ethic and

positive attitude during harsh field conditions, work well independently

and with a team, and have strong attention to detail. A US driver’s license

and clean driving record are a plus.

Specific skills of interest:

·       Tree species ID

·       Care and use of field gear: GPS, spectroradiometers, etc.

·       Data entry: Excel and Word, primarily

*TO APPLY:* Applications will be reviewed as they are received until

positions are filled. Please contact Erin Wagner (ephokanson AT

if you have any questions. *Please follow the application instructions

carefully. *In the case of large applicant volume, only those applications

that follow instructions exactly will be considered.

To apply, please follow these requirements:

·       Send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for 3

references (both phone AND email are required) as a single PDF to

ephokanson AT Please note whether you would like to join field

crews or whether you would like to work exclusively in the lab.

·       *Please confirm in the email that 1) you will be enrolled in Fall

2019, 2) where you will be enrolled *(Note: you do NOT need to be enrolled

at UW-Madison to be eligible). However, please do highlight if you are a

current student and / or student hourly employee at UW-Madison.

·       Name the PDF (using your name) in this format: