LoonWatch has a number of projects that will provide a rich variety of experiences. Seeking a responsible, self-motivated student to make a commitment for both work study and summer internship. Student will work and train during the fall, winter, and spring semesters (work study), and assist with summer programming and monitoring (internship). Extensive weekend work. Incredible resume and confidence building experience!

Summer Intern Hours per week: 37.5
Work-Study Hours per week: prefer 6 to 10
Valid driver’s license required

Working Conditions

  • Summer internship may require travel of hundreds of miles per month and frequent weekend work.
  • The employee will regularly work in an office setting
  • Summer working schedule will be irregular with long and short working days to equal 37.5 hours/week.
  • Work-study schedule may be 6 to 10 hours/week
  • Employee is frequently required to stand, sit, stoop, and kneel.
  • Employee may regularly lift and/or move 50 lbs. over short distances.
  • Load and unload equipment and materials safely and efficiently.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Primary work duties include, but are not limited to:

Annual Lakes Monitoring Program

  • Learn everything “LoonWatch” – materials provided by coordinator.
  • Answer Loon Ranger questions.
  • Assist coordinator with Loon Ranger training workshops – prepare materials, greet volunteers, answer questions.
  • Monitor local lakes via canoe, kayak, or shoreline.

Speaker’s Bureau

  • Learn LoonWatch presentations.
  •  Provide summer LoonWatch presentations as well as prepare materials, greet public participants, calculate participation and material hand-outs.

Workshops and Events

  • Assist coordinator with event preparation including: printing fact sheets, brochures, display, set up tent shelter, etc.
  • Be a friendly and informative representative of Northland College, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, and LoonWatch.

Clerical and Administrative Support

  • Prepare educational and Loon Ranger packets as requested.
  • Maintain supply of educational and monitoring materials.
  • Filing, data entry and basic analysis.
  • Fill merchandise orders.
  • Run errands and needed. Various office duties.

LoonWatch 40th Anniversary

  • Assist coordinator with development and distribution of materials and events.
  • Provide expertise and assistance at presentations and events.

Other Performance Standards

  • Effectively contributes to SOEI team functions.
  • Prioritizes work activities to complete assignments by expected deadlines and makes the most effective use of time available.
  • Interacts with SOEI and Northland College staff, other students and faculty in a positive manner, supportive of goals of both entities.
  • Handles sensitive and confidential information in a businesslike manner.
  • Acts with the highest degree of responsibility in handling College funds, e.g., travel reimbursements, merchandise sales.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or graduate equivalency (GED).
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be 19 years of age and have been driving for 3 years with a clear record.
  • Ability to read a map and drive to remote locations in Northern Wisconsin.
  • Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to interpret scientific data and make it understandable for the general public.
  • Must be well-organized with the ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to understand and carry out detailed work plans.
  • Must be a “people person” – experience working in a public setting, answering questions, providing information, and excellent listening skills.
  • Experience delivering professional presentations preferred, but will train the right person.
  • Computer skills such as GIS and video editing desired.

Organization Details


How to Apply

To Apply

  • All Positions require an application, cover letter, resume and original writing sample (300 – 500 words).
  • Please submit via email to: in person at the SOEI office or loonwatch@northland.edu
  • If selected for an interview, prepare to provide a 10 – 15 minute PowerPoint presentation; topic may include LoonWatch, loon migration, habitat, biology, ecology, threats, etc. or any combination of loon topics.
  • Click to learn information about LoonWatch
  • Contact: Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch and Citizen Science Coordinator @ 715-682-1220

Application Deadline: October 3, 2017

Download Application (PDF File)


Erica LeMoine elemoine@northland.edu