The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is seeking motivated students to work with biologists on fish and wildlife conservation projects across the Lake Superior basin.

Two students will assist with a variety of field and laboratory activities: preparing and maintaining collection gear for use in field surveys, participate in field surveys of numerous water bodies, setting and retrieving fish sampling gear, identifying, measuring, and weighing fish, and recording data as assigned. Students will also assist with processing preserved biological specimens and data entry. One student will work on projects with an emphasis on conservation of native species including assisting with the culture and all aspects of rearing lake sturgeon.

One student will assist with fish passage barrier and road crossing inventory in Minnesota. The student will use land surveying equipment and basic stream measurement tools and techniques to inventory road stream crossings to assess passability of brook trout and other aquatic species. They will also assist with in-stream habitat restoration or construction projects including woody debris installation, culvert installation and planting native vegetation.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Interested applicants should have at least one year of college course work toward a Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources or related field. Basic knowledge of aquatic ecology, fish identification, fish sampling techniques, fish rearing/animal husbandry, and land surveying (for the habitat internship) is preferred but not necessary. Student must be returning in fall 2019; student must fill out their 2019-2020 FAFSA, students must register for 3 credits during the summer term.

For more information on your work study eligibility, interested applicants should contact Anissa Cram in Financial Aid at

Organization Details

US Fish and Wildlife Service 2800 Lake Shore Drive East Ashland, Wisconsin 54806 Website

Number of Position Openings: 3

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must submit a resume with a cover letter that includes their email address, contact telephone number, and specific areas of interest relevant to these internships.

Send resume and cover letter to: Michael Seider, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Lake Shore Drive East, Ashland, WI 54806 OR email to: (Subject: Summer Internship).

Application Deadline: February 8, 2019


Michael Seider