Published: May 3, 2021

Department: Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Location: Twin Cities

Position: Undergraduate Lab and Field Technician

Duration: May/June 2021 - August 2021, with the possibility of extension into the fall

The Hansen Lab is seeking 1-3 undergraduate lab and field technicians to support ongoing research during the summer of 2021. Research projects are related to walleye food web dynamics and eDNA detection of aquatic invasive species. This position will involve field, lab, and office work in Saint Paul, the greater Twin Cities area, and various locations throughout the state of Minnesota. The primary responsibilities of this position include field collections of fish, invertebrates, and water, and laboratory processing of the collected samples. This position will most likely require multi-day overnight travel depending on the project you are assigned to help with. Day trips will also occur.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Field collections of fish and invertebrates

  • Field collections of water samples and water quality data

  • Processing of fish and invertebrate tissue samples in the lab

  • Processing of water samples in the lab

  • Assisting with other field, lab, and office tasks as needed, including data entry, database management, literature reviews, written and oral communication of research progress, and other assigned duties.


Successful candidates must have a strong work ethic, interest in aquatic ecology, the capacity to work long hours in the outdoors under variable conditions, and the ability to work both as a part of a team and independently. Preferred qualifications include experience driving and trailering boats; experience with field or lab work; experience with water quality sampling; ability to identify fish and/or invertebrates; and experience with data entry and database management.

Salary: $10-15/hour; depending on experience

To Apply: Contact Jenna Ruzich at with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin March 15 and continue until positions are filled. See more information here. 

We welcome inquiries from undergraduate students interested in independent study or mentored research.

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