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Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is a residential facility operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison located on the beautiful Wisconsin River, two miles north of Wisconsin Dells. The site consists of 14 buildings that supply lodging, meals and environmental education resources year-round for youth and youth leaders. The center rests on 318 acres of forested land including Blackhawk Island, a 210-acre designated State Natural Area. This wooded property is considered one of the few remaining “old growth” natural areas of the state. The rock cliffs, shady canyons, caves and sandy beaches feature a variety of flora, fauna, and unique geologic and cultural history.


Spring Outdoor Educator:

Join a dedicated team of outdoor educators connecting youth and adults to positive outdoor experiences on 320 forested acres of land bordering the Wisconsin River. Teach environmental education and outdoor recreation programming to school and community groups and facilitate public/community outreach both on and off-site to groups ranging in size from 20-150 participants. Support conservation projects by preparing necessary tools, safety equipment, and project materials for use on conservation project days to manage invasive species and improve habitats. Full Seasonal Outdoor Educator Job Description

Start Date: April 8 or May 20 based on applicant availability. Compensation starts at $15.87+ per hour. Posted until filled. To Apply please email Molly.Bodde@wisc.edu a resume, cover letter, and 2 references.


Summer Custodian:

We are seeking a reliable and detail-oriented Custodian responsible for:
-Cleaning, sanitizing, and maintaining a variety of buildings related to Upham Woods including the dormitory, Lodge, Dining Hall, Nature Center, Bathhouse and Cabins.
-Monitoring building security and safety by performing such tasks as locking doors after operating hours.
-Ensuring cleanliness, orderliness, and safety in assigned areas.
-Minor grounds and landscaping duties as necessary including mowing, trimming, weeding, and basic trail maintenance projects

Compensation starts at $17 per hour. Apply online here. Deadline: Feb 20

Summer Research Opportunity:

  • The Freshwater@UW Summer Research Opportunities Program provides high-impact educational opportunities by facilitating immersive, hands-on mentored research experiences in freshwater science across the 13 UW Institutions. The program’s central aim is to support the growth of our freshwater research enterprise and freshwater workforce through collaborative, cross-system programming designed to train, recruit, retain and diversify the next generation of freshwater professionals. The Upham Woods Mentored Project is focused on Monitoring Aquatic Species Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) in the Wisconsin River!
    • Work closely with research faculty and staff
    • Develop research skills, knowledge and abilities
    • Focus on science communication
    • Present your work at a capstone symposium
    • Learn about applying to graduate school from current graduate students
    • Gain exposure to diverse career paths and other post-graduate opportunities

    The 2024 program will run May 28 – Aug. 3, 2024

UW-Madison is committed to providing opportunities to people from all backgrounds to help create a welcoming, empowered, and inclusive community. UW-Madison encourages women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.


Other Opportunities:

State of Wisconsin Student Diversity Internship (SWSDIP) Overview:

SWSDIP offers opportunities for students across the state in various agencies and career areas. This internship program specifically targets students across culturally diverse groups with various lived experiences, representing the global spectrum of ethnicity, gender, and ability. The goal of the program is to provide those students with an opportunity to experience the professional work environment of Wisconsin State Government. The program provides students with a paid internship and valuable work experience and training in various branches of state government. Students who are veterans are also strongly encouraged to apply. For internship opportunities during the summer of 2024, SWSDIP is offering a total of 262 positions across 179 unique job openings. Apply on the SWSDIP website.