Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Technician

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

March 2015 through September 2017

I began working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the spring of 2015 as a creel clerk stationed out of the Sturgeon Bay office of Fisheries Management. During that summer, I was primarily responsible for interviewing anglers and collecting biological data from harvested fish. By the end of my first summer, I was promoted to a survey technician position so I could assist with the Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) spawning assessments. During that winter, I remained with the DNR, allowing me to gain firsthand experience aging fish using otoliths and scales. The following summer I maintained my full-time survey technician position; providing me with the opportunity to assist with the management of a variety of Great Lake fishes. I assisted with Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) population surveys; larval Lake Whitefish trawling; offshore Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush)population surveys; stocking salmonids, spring/fall weir assessments; young of the year  Lake Whitefish beach seining and deep water trawling. I maintained my position with the DNR until the fall of 2017 when my commitments to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as a full-time master’s student and teaching assistant, led me to resign my position.

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