The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) investigates and documents the biological resources of Illinois and other areas and acquires and provides natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. To learn more visit go.illinois.edu/PRIjob.
The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a River Ecologist to Administer research activities of the Survey by managing and conducting activities focused on developing and accessing field sampling protocols used to monitor small fish Species of Greatest Conservation Needs (SGCN) in large rivers of Illinois. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois.
Duties & Responsibilities
Oversee and lead field research in the collection of lotic fish ecology data. Plan, conduct, and participate in innovative research and service activities of the Survey. Conduct fish identification, processing, and data entry. Ensure field and laboratory equipment is properly maintained, grant and contract obligations are fulfilled, and quality assurance standards are met. Assist PI with seeking external funds for research projects and contribute to externally funded projects. Perform data entry and statistical analysis. Prepare quarterly and final reports to be delivered to funding agencies. Manage and analyze research and monitoring data into scientific findings and provide management recommendation to funding agencies, collaborators, and other interested parties. Assist PI with translating data into publications and/or presentations to be delivered at professional meetings. Supervise, mentor, and lead hourly workers to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. Provide appropriate training in field research techniques, boater safety, and directing/prioritizing work duties. Lead field crews in the collection of fish data using pulsed-DC electrofishing and other sampling gear (benthic trawl, seining net). Coordinate field sampling schedule, manage lab safety, and maintain equipment. Perform other duties as needed to further the mission and goals of PRI and the Survey. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline. Participate in Survey, PRI, and outside scientific organizations.
Additional Physical DemandsWill require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel (including driving to and from research sites, and overnight stay) throughout the state of Illinois, lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
Master’s degree in Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Zoology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or related field. Alternate degree fields may be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. A minimum of 3 years of experience operating and maintaining boats and electrofishing equipment, fisheries data management and analyses, fish identification, writing technical reports, and delivering presentations to public and professional audiences. Experience driving 4WD vehicles and trailering boats. Experience working on large river systems by boat. Valid Driver’s License
Experience working with the public and natural resource management. USCG marine safety training or similar.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to understand database structure and management as well as statistical and ecological applications. Knowledge with large river ecology. Knowledge with analytical software (e.g., R, ArcGIS). Extensive knowledge of Midwestern US fish identification and rare species regulation. Must be able to swim. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases.
Appointment InformationThis is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible on or after February 16, 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience and skills.
Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by November 28, 2022. Apply for this position here https://illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/1910?c=illinois using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. Application materials must include a 1) cover letter that clearly outlines your qualifications and experience as it relates to this position, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Dr. Yong Cao at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.
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