The Forbes Biological Station is seeking two research technicians to assist with multiple
studies assessing wetland and waterbird ecology along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. These
positions will include a mix of field and lab work. Primary field duties will include marshbird nest
searching/monitoring and waterfowl trapping. Primary lab work will be processing automated
recording unit (ARU) data of hunting disturbance. Other potential research opportunities include
participating in vegetation, waterfowl, shorebird, and secretive marshbird surveys; sediment core, box,
and sweep-net collection and processing; trapping, banding, and potential tissue collection of
waterfowl, marshbirds, and geese; vegetation identification and cover-mapping of wetland basins; safe
operation of small and large boats, ATVs, and 4-wheel drive trucks; data entry and management;
maintenance of equipment and facilities; and other duties as assigned.
Candidates possessing a Bachelors degree in biological sciences, wildlife ecology, or
related field are preferred. Applicants must be willing to work at a laboratory bench and with
microscopes for extended hours, as well as carry heavy equipment and samples (≤ 50 lbs) while
wading through wetlands for sample collection. Applicants who are enthusiastic, personable,
organized, and possess a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be required to
work independently and as part of a team.