Seven summer research technician positions are available. Each technician will be stationed at one of the following locations:

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin (APIS)
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana (INDU)
  • Isle Royale National Park, Michigan (ISRO)
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minnesota (MISS)
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan (PIRO)
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan (SLBE)
  • Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota (VOYA)

Duration is approximately mid-May through late August, 2019. Exact starting and ending dates are negotiable, but all employees must be in the field June 1 through August 15.

Pay rate is $10.10/hour. In addition, a housing reimbursement up to $1200 will be available for APIS, INDU, MISS, PIRO, SLBE, and VOYA. Housing will be provided at ISRO at no cost to the employee. Use of a personal vehicle will be expected at PIRO and VOYA so a mileage reimbursement up to $650 will be available for those positions.

Selected applicants will be employed by Northland College. Employees will be part of a larger project, directed by the National Park Service’s Great Lakes Inventory & Monitoring Network and including a wildlife biologist from North Dakota State University.

The employee will be responsible for setting up and maintaining automated acoustic recording devices at twenty to thirty locations around the assigned national park. The job will require locating specific sites using a GPS, maps, and photographs. The employee will plan weekly schedules, navigate to sites using a variety of methods (vehicle, boat, and hiking), secure the resulting data, manage large electronic files, and safely transfer the data to a central server. In addition to the bat acoustics project, the employee may be assigned other duties in natural resources. A short report will be required at the end of the field season.

Field work will normally be done in teams of two people; however, some employees may need to work alone in some circumstances. Employees will typically work an eight-hour-day, Monday through Friday. Employees will be expected to carry up to thirty pounds of field equipment, and will be exposed to a variety weather conditions, stinging and biting insects, and remote and/or urban environments depending on location.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Successful applicants will be matched to park location based on their interest and experience. Applicants will be rated on the following:

  • All positions: Navigation skills, including use of a GPS, maps, and compass.
  • All positions: Attention to detail, excellent organization, and ability to follow specified protocols.
  • MISS: Experience and ability to work in the urban-wildland interface where regular interaction with the public will be expected.
  • APIS, ISRO, PIRO, VOYA: Experience and ability to work in remote backcountry areas and hike long distances off trail.
  • APIS, ISRO, MISS, VOYA: Experience boating on lakes and/or rivers, knowledge of water safety.

Organization Details

Northland College 1411 Ellis Avenue Ashland, Wisconsin 54806

Number of Position Openings: 7

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and unofficial transcripts to Katy Goodwin by the deadline. You must clearly state in your cover letter which park locations you wish to be considered for (up to three). Highly ranked applicants may be asked for a phone interview.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2019


Katy Goodwin