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  • Academic Hourly - Crop and Soil Science, UIUC Dept. of NRES (Urbana, IL; due Feb. 28)

    The employee will coordinate field and lab work associated with two projects exploringplant and soil traits that enhance ecosystem services (nutrient use efficiency, carbonsequestration, greenhouse gas emissions reductions and, productivity) and oversee laband field measurements in our on-campus organic systems trial and on-farms. Primaryduties will include management of the Soil Ecology Lab, sample collection andmeasurements to determine plant and soil health, and ecosystem services related toclimate change mitigation.

  • Shooting Sports and Wildlife Instructor and Counselor (summer 2023), Camp Wildlife (Summerton, SC; due March 1)

    The camp is located on YLI’s Camp Bob Cooper directly on Lake Marion (South Carolina’s largest lake). Amajority of the camp week will focus on hunting and fishing techniques, wildlife ecology, outdoorsurvival skills and shooting sports activities (shotgun, rifle and archery). Instructors will be trained andcertified through USA Archery, South Carolina 4H Shooting Sports, and South Carolina Department ofNatural Resources. In addition to these activities, we will also utilize other components such asswimming, team building, and various recreation activities. To see more about the camp, visit

  • Visiting Scientific Specialist, Forest Ecology, Illinois Natural History Survey (Sparta or Jerseyville, IL; due Feb. 28)

    INHS is seeking to hire a Forest Ecologist to plan, monitor, and evaluate the forestry-associated Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) across the state of Illinois, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Forestry Resources. This position will be based out of the IDNR Forestry District Offices in either Sparta, Illinois or Jerseyville, Illinois.

  • Fisheries Student Research Technician (Hourly) (summer 2023), Dept. of NRES (Champaign, IL; due Mar. 24)

    A fisheries research technician is needed to conduct applied research to gather answers to questions related to how competitive angling events impact individual largemouth bass, as well as largemouth bass population. The primary duties of this position will require the technician to work closely to assist a graduate student on a number of research projects designed to quantify the impacts of tournaments on bass, including field work to deploy telemetry equipment to track fish movements, field work to quantify how different holding conditions can impact bass, as well as assisting with laboratory simulations of angling tournament conditions. Work will occur in the field (Boat or marina at field sites), at the University of Illinois PondResearch Site on S. Lincoln Ave., or in a shared laboratory on campus. The position will be flexible with up to 40 hours a week based in Champaign, Illinois with frequent travel to Clinton Lake and Newton Lake. Weekend work is sporadic but necessary to monitor fishing tournaments that only happen on weekends. The technician may have the opportunity to develop their own project from the data collected

  • Freshwater Mussel Research Technician (summer2023), University of Missouri (Columbia, MO; due Feb. 24)

    Technicians (2) will assist a MU PhD student, Missouri Department ofConservation staff, and National Park Service staff with aquatic freshwater mussel conservationresearch. Surveys will occur in the Current River and Jacks Fork River within the Ozark NationalScenic Riverways located in southeast Missouri. Overnight travel will be required (hotelaccommodations, meal per diem, and transportation will be provided). Motorized and non-motorizedwatercraft will be used to access survey sites. Position based in Columbia, Missouri.

  • Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly) (summer 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Macomb, IL; open until filled)

    INHS is seeking field technicians (1-3) to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois, focusing on the Mississippi River. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection and lab sample processing. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be based in Macomb, Illinois.

  • Illinois Blanding’s Turtle Field Technician (summer 2023), Northern Illinois University (Lake County, IL; due Feb. 24)

    One or more wildlife technician positions are available to assist with the Lake County Forest Preserve District Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Program from May through August 2023

    This is a unique opportunity to work with the largest population of Blanding’s turtles in Illinois. 

  • Restoration Technician (summer 2023), The Nature Conservancy Nachusa Grasslands (Franklin Grove, IL; due Feb. 28)

    Restoration Technicians will help manage and restore tallgrass prairie at Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000 acre preserve near Dixon, IL. Technicians will work together on a crew to remove invasive weeds and hand-collect native seeds. Seeds are used to restore agricultural lands back to high diversity prairie, wetlands, and savanna on site annually. These are great opportunities to learn about plants and animals and natural areas management with an emphasis on ecological restoration. The position affords the opportunity to engage in interesting, educational, and challenging outside work at a dynamic restoration project. This is an exceptional entry level position to learn what it really takes to do natural areas management and restoration. Full-time job, short-term position starting early May and ending early August with possible extension through fall. $14/hr. Includes nice, clean on-site housing (one technician per room), high speed internet available at Headquarters. No pets.

  • Biological Science Technician (soil and water), Agricultural Research Service (West Lafayette, IN; due Feb. 21)

    This position is located in the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Midwest Area, West Lafayette, IN.

    In this position, you will develop the knowledge and technology needed by land users to conserve natural resources for future generations.

  • Entry Level Field Biologist or Malacologist, EnviroScience Inc. (Stow, OH)

    EnviroScience, Inc. headquartered in Stow, Ohio, with additional offices in West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, is a niche provider of ecological, environmental and engineering consulting services.   We employ over 100 highly skilled and technical employees that develop unique, cost-effective solutions for our clients’ engineering, environmental, infrastructure, and regulatory needs. 

    Our clients repeatedly choose EnviroScience because of our technical expertise, client advocacy, high quality work, and outstanding reputation with regulators and industry executives.    

    We are actively recruiting for 1 – 2 positions to support our Mussel Survey Services team within the Marine Group.


  • Stream and River Research Technicians (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking up to 7 research technicians to conduct bioassessments of aquatic life in streams and rivers in Illinois. The position will be stationed in Champaign Illinois, but travel will occur throughout the state.

  • Davey Resource Group Career Information Session February 14

    Join us to learn about job opportunities (full time, summer jobs, internships, job shadowing and ride-alongs) at Davey Resource Group with a focus on the Consulting Utility Forester position.

  • Conservation Planner, Illinois Division of Natural Resources (many positions available statewide)

    The Illinois Division of Natural Resources is still looking for Conservation Planners in several counties: McHenry, Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, Shelby, Fayette, Macon, Piatt, Edgar, Moultrie, Clark, Crawford, Clay, Bond, Gallatin, Monroe, Wayne, and Jackson.

    This is a great opportunity for May 2023 graduates and recent alumni! 

  • NRCS Survey Aide, Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District (Champaign, IL; due Feb. 17)

    In partnership with Illinois USDA-NRCS, the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) is hiring anNRCS Survey Aide that will serve in Champaign and Vermilion counties, Illinois. The Survey Aide will work closely withthe CCSWCD and NRCS personnel to help landowners and producers implement conservation practices.

    The purpose of this position is to hire an entry-level survey aide that will undergo thorough training and education ofconservation implementation in agricultural and urban settings according to USDA-NRCS standards and specifications.Job duties listed below will come along with training over time

  • Wildlife Technician - Wetlands and Waterbirds (May 15 start), Illinois Natural History Survey (Havana, IL; open until filled)

    The Forbes Biological Station is seeking two research technicians to assist with multiplestudies assessing wetland and waterbird ecology along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Thesepositions will include a mix of field and lab work. Primary field duties will include marshbird nestsearching/monitoring and waterfowl trapping. Primary lab work will be processing automatedrecording unit (ARU) data of hunting disturbance. Other potential research opportunities includeparticipating in vegetation, waterfowl, shorebird, and secretive marshbird surveys; sediment core, box,and sweep-net collection and processing; trapping, banding, and potential tissue collection ofwaterfowl, marshbirds, and geese; vegetation identification and cover-mapping of wetland basins; safeoperation 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.

  • LIFE SCIENCES CAREER TRAINEE (UPWARD MOBILITY) Opt. E - Target Title: Envir. Protection Specialist I, IL EPA (Champaign, IL; due Feb. 22)

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land (BOL), Field Operations Section, Central Region/Champaign is seeking to hire Life Science Career Trainee (Option E). The ideal candidate will participate in the agency sponsored training program for a six to twelve months duration. This trainee position receives working assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consonant with various professional life sciences career disciplines within the Field Operations Section, Central Region/Champaign. As a LSCT, you will receive controlled assignments in a broad range of departmental activities with increasing difficulty and responsibility.

  • V3 Companies Information Session February 22

    V3 Companies representatives with their Ecological Restoration group will discuss full-time and summer job opportunities. The target audience is individuals who are interested in Forestry, Natural Resources, or Ecological Restoration. V3 Companies is located in Woodridge, IL, but also have an office in Villa Park, IL. 

  • Orientation Leader (training in spring, work Aug. 12-21), UIUC New Student Programs (Urbana, IL)

    The OL position is designed to offer students the opportunity to implement orientation programming for new first year students and family members.OLs are expected to be knowledgeable about the University of Illinois and have a desire to help new students have a successful transition. OLsattend a Spring Leadership Training course to help prepare them to be student leaders for New Student Program events. All OLs will assist atvarious events such as International Student Orientation, Fall Orientation/Welcome Days and various other orientation programs. Opportunities forsummer OL work will also be available. More information will be provided in the spring semester.

  • Seasonal Farm Crew Member (Apr.-Nov.), Green Earth Harvest (Naperville, IL; open until filled)

    The Conservation Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to “Improve thehealth of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers andwatersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment.” Every person deserves clean water, cleanair, and safe access to nature as a way to be healthy and happy. Natural resource conservation andcommunity health are truly at the core of all that we do

  • Natural Areas Seasonal Positions, Chicago Park District (Chicago, IL; due Feb. 16))

    Chicago Park District is hiring seasonal Aquatic and Natural Resources Positions. 

  • Fisheries Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    INHS is seeking a fisheries technician to work with survey scientists to conduct data collection on various projects related to the ecology of sport fishes in Illinois. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. 

  • Botany Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey (Deadline: March 5, 2023)

    The Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking 2 or more Field Technicians to work with Survey botanists to conduct statewide monitoring of forest, wetland, and grassland vegetation for the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP).  Duties include: 1) assist with field surveys of plants in forests, wetlands, and grasslands throughout Illinois, 2) share extensive driving responsibilities to and from field sites, 3) conduct sweep samples of insects in the field, 4) enter data collected in the field into a Microsoft Access database and 5) assist with other office and field work as needed. This position in based in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey - Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby, Illinois

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking 3 Field technicians to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be located in Oglesby, Illinois at Starved Rock State Park.

  • Macroinvertebrate Technician (Hourly) (two positions for summer 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Macomb, IL; open until filled)

    The Illinois River Biological Station is seeking two technicians to conduct applied research in aquaticecology and large river systems and process riverine samples for aquatic macroinvertebrates.throughout the state of Illinois. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be based in Macomb,Illinois.

  • Student Worker (summer 2023), UIUC Crop Sciences, Weed Science Herbicide Evaluation Group (Urbana, IL)

    The Weed Science Herbicide Evaluation group islooking for student workers to help with greenhouseand field experiments for SUMMER 2023

  • Environmental Health Specialist I, IL Dept. of Public Health (West Chicago, IL; due March1))

    The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as an Environmental Health Specialist. Performs highly technical work within several multiphase environmental health programs in the regional office.

  • Ecology Research Opportunity for Undergraduates, Arizona State University (Las Cruces, NM; due March 12)

    The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is looking for motivated undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland ecosystem ecology, for 10 weeks, during the summer of 2023.

  • Invasive Species Technician (Hourly) (summer 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Champaign, IL; open until filled))

    The Illinois Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program is seeking 4 qualified and self-motivated individuals to work as part of its field crops monitoring team. Successful candidates will travel throughout Illinois, conducting surveys aimed at detecting new pests in corn and soybeans. This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Pollution Prevention Outreach Assistant, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (remote; due Feb. 17)

    Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) is seeking an hourly pollution prevention outreach assistant. Thisposition is fully remote, but candidates that are located in the Chicago area with the ability to travelwithin the Great Lakes region are preferred. Candidates from outside the Great Lakes region will beconsidered depending on the individual’s experience and skills.

  • Traveling Outdoor Educators (March-June 2023), Nature's Classroom (Portsmouth, NH)

    Do you enjoy teaching kids, exploring new places, and meeting other nature and scienceenthusiasts?

    Become a Nature on Wheels Instructor this spring and travel across New England providing outdoor learning experiences to elementary and middle school students.

  • Vegetation & Butterfly Field Technicians (summer 2023), University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO; due Feb. 20)

    Four (4) field technician positions are available for the summer 2023 field season to aid in researching tallgrass prairie butterfly habitats. This project is a joint effort between the University of Central Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation to better describe how vegetation and management influence Regal Fritillary butterfly population sizes. 

  • Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), USDA Wildlife Services (Zion, IL; due Feb. 3)

    The incumbent serves as a Biological Science Technician within the Wildlife Services (WS) Program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), responsible for developing and implementing a Wildlife Hazard Management Program to minimize wildlife hazards and enhance human safety. The incumbent coordinates project activities and performs assignments involving project management. The technician assists with other wildlife damage management projects and spends much of their time working independently and with other state/federal wildlife personnel.

  • Aquatic/Fisheries Technician (Hourly): Illinois Natural History Survey (Deadline 03-03-23)

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking up to 8 technicians to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be located in Havana, Illinois.

  • Green Corps seeks graduating seniors (apply by Feb. 15)

    Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, provides a paid training program in environmental organizing. They are accepting 20 candidates for the 2023-2024 program that begins in August. Zoom information sessions January 26 and February 6.

  • Seasonal and full-time job opportunities in the Wisconsin DNR Office of Applied Science (due Feb. 2)

    The Fisheries Research program within the Office of Applied Science of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce several job opportunities at the Northern Highland Fisheries Research Area in Boulder Junction and in Spooner. 

  • Natural Resource Officer I/Park Ranger, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (Marquette, KS; due Feb. 13)

    As a member of the KDWP State Parks team, you’ll work together to ensure our citizens enjoy and appreciate the state’s diverse natural resources. Applicants do not have to be law enforcement certified to apply. 

  • Undergraduate Research Ambassador (spring 2023), UIUC Office of Undergraduate Research (due Feb. 6)

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is seeking highly motivated and personable undergraduate students who are eager to guide and support their peers through the Illinois undergraduate research experience. If you have previous experience in research, whether through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, we invite you to apply to become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador. In this role, you will have the opportunity to help other students navigate their own research journeys.

  • Natural Resources Coordinator (IPR#45575), Illinois Department Of Transportation (Springfield, IL; due Jan. 27)

    This position is accountable for reviewing proposed transportation improvements for potential impacts to protected natural reources including wetlands and endangered and threatened species.

  • Field Technician (Seasonal), V3 Companies (Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area)

    V3 Companies is a multidisciplinary firm based in Woodridge, IL that provides professional engineering, construction, and science related services to clients in the Chicagoland region.  We have multiple openings for Field Technicians (Seasonal) this spring and summer.  It is a paid summer position and offers valuable field work experience for students interested in the biological sciences (biology, botany, ecology, forestry, zoology, aquatic ecology, etc.). 

  • Field and Laboratory Assistant (3 positions in summer 2023), Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (NWMAD) (Wheeling, IL)

    This job is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in biology, entomology or ecology to gain valuable skills in both field work and in the laboratory.

  • Soil Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (Louisville, IL; due Jan. 30)

    This position provides assistance in the development, planning, contracting and application of land conservation practices and programs consistent with NRCS policy and procedures.

  • Life Sciences Career Trainee (Upward Mobility) - Opt. E, Illinois EPA (Springfield, IL; due Jan. 26)

    Target Title (after 6-12 months of training): Environmental Protection Specialist I

  • Seasonal Aquatic Ecology Research Technician (Hourly): Yorkville, Illinois (Apply By: 03/01/2023)

    Field technicians (2) are needed to conduct applied research in aquatic invasive species control, aquatic ecology, and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be located in Yorkville, Illinois.

  • Natural Areas Technician, Fulltime, Grand Prairie Friends (Charleston, IL; Due Feb 10)


    The Natural Areas Technician position is a full-time position based at the Warbler Ridge Conservation Area in Charleston, Illinois under the direct supervision of the Natural Areas Manager. Field work will primarily take place at Warbler Ridge Conservation Area, with occasional travel to other Grand Prairie Friends sites.

    Position Dates: Full Time, Year Round

    Apply by: February 10, 2023

  • Conservation Planner, Illinois Department of Agriculture (40 positions statewide)

    Conservation planners provide environmental resource management advice, consult about landuse and protection, and engage with multiple stakeholders.

  • Avian Ecology Field Technician (Hourly) (summer 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Champaign, IL; due Feb. 20)

    Seeking 1-2 highly motivated field technicians for mid-May through mid-July, 40 hours per week

  • Aquatic/Fisheries Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois River Biological Station

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking 2 field technicians to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be located in Havana, Illinois.

  • Macroinvertebrate Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey : Macomb, Illinois

    The Illinois River Biological Station is seeking two technicians to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology and large river systems and process riverine samples for aquatic macroinvertebrates.  throughout the state of Illinois. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be based in Macomb, Illinois.

  • Summer 2023 Biological Science Technician (Plants), USDA Forest Service (Columbia, MO; apply Jan. 12-19)

    These four positions will aid in collecting forestry data across several Forest Service, Northern Research Station projects but will primarily be focused on collecting data across three Experimental Forests (EF; Sinkin EF on the Mark Twain National Forest, Kaskaskia EF on the Shawnee National Forest, and the Paoli EF on the Hoosier National Forest). These positions are great first-entry temporary jobs for undergraduates or recent graduates. Travel is required.

  • Summer 2023 Jobs at Seagull Canoe Outfitters (Grand Marais, MN)

    Live, work, and play on the edge of the wilderness this summer. Grand Marais is the closest town nestled on the shore of Lake Superior. We are in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in MN with the Boundary Waters Lakes and nearby Lake Superior. We typically hire 10-12 staff members to assist with all aspects of our business. On-Site housing available.