Preul 2020- MSU AFS Cover Letter Template (For reference purposes only)

Taylor N. Preul

Street Address

Bozeman, MT 59718


January 15, 2020


Fake Biologist || Bozeman Fish Technology Center

4050 Bridger Canyon Road

Bozeman, MT 59715


 Dear Dr. Biologist,

Please accept this letter and the attached resume as an indication of my sincere interest in the Fisheries Technician position through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center (BFTC). I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Management at Montana State University and would like to continue refining the technical skills and fisheries techniques that I have developed in my prior experiences and in my degree. I would like to be able to participate in the exemplary research performed at the BFTC while collaborating with an array of highly skilled scientists, and I believe my unique experiences and skillset would make me an excellent addition to your team.

Throughout my career, I have always thrived in positions that incorporated independent work with the collaborative research process. While pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan University, I was selected for several internships with the National Park Service in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Yellowstone National Park as a Water Quality Intern and Fisheries Intern, respectively. In both positions, I rose to take on leadership roles, often instructing others in the safe practice of gillnetting, boat operation, fish biopsy and dissection, water quality data collection, data entry, and qPCR sample processing. At Sleeping Bear Dunes, I was solely responsible for the prompt collection, transportation, and processing of time-sensitive samples of water samples to test for E-coli contamination of the public beaches within the park. My subsequent work as a Fisheries Technician in Yellowstone National Park and as a Lab Manager/Research Technician at Montana State University further engrained the skills developed in these experiences.

From my coursework and other professional experiences, I have developed the technical experience, meticulous attention to detail and time management necessary to be an exemplary Fisheries Technician.

While I feel that I am uniquely qualified for this position, I have a lot to learn from the wonderful staff and scientists at the BFTC. I hope that you will afford me the opportunity to become a member of your team.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I am accessible via cell (1800-300-0000) or email ([email protected]). Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.


Taylor Preul