Job no: 231729-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The dynamics of water quality in lakes are a combination of internal processes and external inputs from the watershed, both of which are being modified by anthropogenic forces. This position will support research and public outreach efforts aimed at understanding the drivers and consequences of environmental change in lakes, which is necessary for protecting and managing these important ecosystems in Wisconsin and globally.

[1] Field and laboratory research: assist in implementing research aimed at understanding the dynamic links between lakes and their surrounding landscapes. This will include leading a team to collect and analyze samples for water chemistry (e.g., nutrient concentrations and dissolved gases) and biological communities (i.e., plankton and benthic organisms) in lakes, deploying and maintaining environmental sensors, and assisting with whole-lake manipulations to test hypotheses related to ecosystem resilience.

[2] Public outreach: the incumbent will assist in implementing a public outreach initiative - The Master Limnologist Program - which will provide training in aquatic ecosystem management to local water stewards, empowering their communities to make informed, data-driven decisions about lake and watershed management.

[3] Overall support of research program: The projects supporting this position are multi-investigator and multi-institutional. The incumbent will support the research program by organizing data, responding to communications from the public and agency partners, ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, and generally contributing to the team effort. Effective collaboration and communication abilities are essential. In addition, the position will support the general research activities of the supervisor including organizing and running the laboratory and working with students.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required. Degree in environmental science or related field preferred. Masters degree preferred in above named discipline.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Experience with routine environmental field sampling techniques
- Experience working in an analytical chemistry facility
- Knowledge of analytical instrument routine maintenance and troubleshooting
- Boat and lake experience
- Knowledge of data management and analysis using Excel or R
- Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills
- Experience working on a team and ability to work as a team player

Additional Information:

This position will require occasional travel, including potentially extended stays (10-14 days) at field stations in northern Wisconsin during the summer field season.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $33,678 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into an Associate Research Specialist, Research Specialist or Senior Research Specialist title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Alyssa Luckey Winters,

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Alyssa Luckey Winters
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Feb 25 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Mar 15 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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