Job Title: Seasonal Fisheries Intern and Technicians (field and laboratory)
Location: Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
When: April/May through August of 2023, contract may be extended depending on performance.
Description: The Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at Eastern Illinois University is seeking several seasonal fisheries interns and technicians to assist with general field and laboratory work associated with graduate research projects. Current projects include invasive carp reproductive ecology, stream fish community monitoring, and sportfish population dynamics on the Wabash River. Field work duties will include assisting graduate students with a variety of fisheries surveys, recording biological and environmental data, and maintaining field equipment. Fisheries surveys will be conducted on a variety of streams, rivers (Wabash and Illinois Rivers), and reservoirs throughout Central Illinois. Surveys will include barge electrofishing, electric seining, larval fish sampling, boat electrofishing, hoop netting, collection of water quality samples, and macroinvertebrate sampling. Laboratory work will include processing larval fish samples, assisting with water quality measurements, assisting with stream fish identification, assisting with fish aging techniques, and maintaining a clean and organized lab space. Internships will come with a monthly stipend, and per diem reimbursement for overnight travel trips.
Qualifications: Progress toward, or completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or closely related field is preferred for intern. Previous experience with fisheries field or laboratory work is preferred for intern positions and required for technician positions. Must be willing to work extended hours in the field or lab, occasionally in inclement weather or conditions. Must be able to carry 40 pounds of gear into and out of sampling locations. Will include occasional overnight travel during multiple day surveys.
To Apply: For full consideration please apply by April 7th, 2023, however additional applicants may be considered until all positions are filled. Please email cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for three professional references to:
Fisheries Researcher and Laboratory Manager
Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences