The Damschen Lab is now accepting applications for full-time field/lab research technicians to begin around June 1, 2021, or earlier, and continuing though the summer. Specific projects are listed on our flyer below; with all positions, there are opportunities to develop your own research project and continue work into the 2021-2022 academic year. Previous field experience preferred, though not necessary. Enthusiasm for plant conservation and ecology required!


  • Handle and Identify plants (and sometimes insects) in the field and in the lab
  • Collect, record, and process data
  • Maintain field equipment
  • Be willing to work in challenging conditions (high temperatures, buggy environments, rain, etc.)
  • Work independently and collaborate with a team
  • Drive to field sites (<50 miles from Madison)
  • Some projects may require long hours and possible weekend work


  • Valid US driver’s license and ability to obtain driver authorization
  • Coursework or interest in ecology, biology, botany or related fields
  • Experience with or willingness to learn plant ID and processing techniques
  • Enjoy being outside, comfortable working in hot/humid conditions

Applications are due on February 12th, 2021. Apply at:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the variety of ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich our community. Our lab aims to make science and ecology more inclusive of people of all identities, and we strongly encourage people of color, and people of all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

A PDF version of this announcement is available for circulation below.