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  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Program (Fairbanks, AK; due Mar. 15)

    The Bonanza Creek (BNZ) Long-Term Ecological Research Program ( is recruiting undergraduate students to contribute to ecological research in the boreal forest, summer 2023. The BNZ program studies responses of boreal ecosystems to fire, permafrost thaw, and changing climate.

  • Graduate Research Assistantships (Ph.D) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    A Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship is available at the University of Illinois to conduct research evaluating shovelnose sturgeon metapopulation dynamics (population estimates, movement, survival, and growth) at strategic locations in the Rock River near Erie/Moline, Illinois and connected waterways to help guide shovelnose sturgeon sportfish management in Illinois.

  • Graduate Research Assistantship in Aquatic Ecology (Ph.D.) - Illinois Natural History Survey March 31

    The Illinois Natural History Survey (a division of the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.). In collaboration with researchers from Purdue University and the Shedd Aquarium, we are developing hydroacoustic array in the area with an intent to answer several questions important to fisheries management. Successful candidate will develop a project within the larger framework of research related to the movement of post-tournament released smallmouth bass in the Illinois nearshore waters of Lake Michigan and connected Chicago land waterways.

  • Urbana Park District Job Fair

    PART TIME JOB FAIR - Urbana Park District

    Thursday, March 9, 2023

    5 to 6:30pm

    Phillips Recreation Center, Urbana IL

  • USA Jobs YouTube Channel

    Do you have questions about job opportunities and the hiring process? Explore and learn at the YouTube channel of USAJOBS, the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

  • It's Only Natural! - Volunteer Opportunity (6 Saturdays in April, May and early June)

    Are you passionate about getting kids into nature or looking for ways to gain community service hours? Join us in our program to teach children about their environment!

  • Summer 2023 Field Positions, Great Lakes Climate Corps (Michigan)

    Great Lakes Climate Corps Job Openings based out of Marquette, MI.

  • Fawning Research Technician (summer 2023), Southern Illinois University (Lake Shelbyville, IL; open until filled)

    Fieldwork will include conducting radio telemetry and opportunistically searching for white tailed fawns to capture and install VHF collars and take morphological measurements. Radio telemetry will be used to track and identify mortality events.

  • Learn about careers working as an educator at a museum, conservancy or nature preserve March 10

    Learn about careers working as an educator at a museum, conservancy or nature preserve (March 10).

  • Want to get involved with the Student Sustainability Committee?  Board Member apps due March 6!  Review and vote on project applications, plan outreach events, grads and undergrads welcome.  Funding apps due March 24!  We fund projects that make our campus more sustainable.  Staff, faculty, and all students may apply.

    Volunteer Board Members (AY 2023-24), UIUC Student Sustainability Committee (apply by Mar. 6)

    Want to get involved with the Student Sustainability Committee?  Board member applications due March 6!

  • Soil Conservation Technician, Natural Resources Conservation Service (15 IL locations; due Mar. 7)

    This position provides assistance to the Soil and Water Conservation District assigned to the field office within the assigned Natural Resources area; and to work with landowners to apply and maintain a number of conservation practices and review of financial assistance requests under the provision of federal, state, and local agriculture programs.

  • Soil Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (13 IL locations; due Mar. 7)

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

  • Program Coordinator, Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District (Crawfordsville, IN; due Mar. 10)

    Incumbent will serve as the Program Coordinator for Montgomery County Soil & WaterConservation District (SWCD) and will work closely with the Conservation Director and the SWCD’spartners to develop and manage projects and programs that enable the SWCD to meet the goals inthe SWCD’s business plan. Conservation on the ground is the mission of our District. The incumbentwill perform a broad spectrum of duties and responsibilities to successfully fill this challenging andrewarding role.

  • Seasonal Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly) (mussel research; summer 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Champaign, IL; due Mar. 17)

    We are seeking up to three (3) field technicians to assist with mussel research for the summer and early fall of 2023. Duties include collecting mussels by hand sampling, snorkeling, and quantitative sampling along transect lines; setting and maintaining water quality collection devices; and collecting eDNA samples. Other work may include collecting fish by dip-netting, seining, and trawling, as well as back-pack, barge and boat electrofishing; lab and museum work, data entry, processing specimens for curation, museum maintenance; equipment cleaning and maintenance; and other duties as needed. Travel is expected, and overnight travel with 2–3-hour travel time to research sites should be expected during some work weeks. Workdays may consist of long hours outdoors or inside a lab.

  • Soil & Water Conservation Specialist, Monroe County (Sparta, WI; due Mar. 10)

    Are you a motivated self-starter who enjoys working outdoors and cooperatively with others? If so, Monroe County’s Land Conservation Department might have the job for you. We’re hiring for a full-time Soil & Water Conservation Specialist. Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in Resource Management, Soil Science, Watershed Management, or another natural resource-related field. An understanding of agricultural practices with strong GIS mapping skills are preferred. The ability to utilize computer aided design (CAD) software is helpful.

  • Avian Field Technician (Hourly) (May-Oct. 2023), Illinois Natural History Survey (Chicagoland area or Champaign, IL; open until filled)

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a field technician to assist with ongoing bird and plant-related research.

  • Research Associate (fisheries research and management), The Ohio State University Dept. of Natural Resources (remote)

    The Research Associate will assist Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife biologists with projects associated with fisheries research and management.

  • Program Coordinator, International Field Studies (Columbus, OH)

    The Program Coordinator has two main responsibilities: 1) act as the liaisonbetween IFS and the trip instructor/students to ensure that all details of eachtrip are handled properly and IFS is of maximum assistance to theinstructor/students and 2) responsible for administration of trips includingbilling, form collection and coordinating travel. The employee performs a fullrange of office support assignments.

  • Job Fair - American Fisheries Society Student Subunit of UIUC - March 1

    The UIUC AFS student subunit will be hosting a job fair event in which participating UIUC faculty and graduate students will present their current research programs and upcoming undergraduate job/internship openings.

  • Fisheries/Aquatic Ecology Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    The Kaskaskia Biological Station is seeking 1-2 hourly Research Technician to conduct field and laboratory work in support of research projects on sportfish management and invasion biology in lakes and rivers.  Job offers come with an expected commitment of 12-24 months and this position will be based out of the Kaskaskia Biological Station in Sullivan, IL.

  • Field Technician (tree data; summer 2023), Purdue University (Indiana; due Mar. 15)

    We are hiring one technician to assist in collecting fielddata at state parks in Indiana. This is a collaborativeproject between Purdue University and the HardwoodTree Improvement & Regeneration Center (HTIRC). Thetechnician will work alongside a graduate student toassess the regeneration characteristics of areas with andwithout ash in the overstory. Eight state parks will bevisited to resample plots established in 1996/97 andremeasured in 2010/11. In addition to biological data, thefield crew will collect site physiographic data and canopycover estimates using fisheye photography. Basicknowledge of proper field techniques and field safety isrequired. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Peer Advisors (summer 2023), UIUC Division of General Studies (Urbana, IL; due Mar. 19)

    The Division of General Studies is hiring Peer Advisors to assist with New Student Registration for Summer 2023 

  • Field Technician (vegetation data; summer 2023), Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN; due Mar. 1)

    We are hiring a technician to assist in collecting field data in Indiana forests for a research project being conducted by the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. The technician will work alongside two graduate students collecting vegetation data to determine the effectiveness of invasive plant control treatments funded by federal cost-share programs. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license. Position will be based in West Lafayette, Indiana, but will work throughout the state of Indiana. Multiday travel will be required.

  • Morelli Scholarship for students with dyslexia (due Feb. 26)

    The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports high school and college students with dyslexia who wish to pursue a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field.


  • Technical Positions in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Ecology, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH; due Mar. 3)

    Up to two full-time technician positions are available to assist on a on a field- andlaboratory- based research project that is designed to help the Ohio Division of Wildlife understandthe cause of reduced yellow perch angling success in western Lake Erie. This project requiresextensive field sampling during summer (June-October) for adult yellow perch, zooplankton, andhabitat on Lake Erie. Laboratory and computer work (e.g., zooplankton counting, diet processing,data entry and plotting) will occur when not in the field. One of the two incumbents will serve as thehead technician of the project. Opportunities to help with data analysis, manuscript writing, and/orstudent mentorship may exist, depending on the incumbent’s experience.

  • RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows (2-year paid fellowship; due Mar. 27)

    Inspired by efforts to uplift BIPOC professionals in environmentally-related sectors, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program supports two cohorts of Fellows per year: RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows. The RAY Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

  • Field Technician (2 positions; forest; summer 2023), Purdue University (southern Indiana; due Mar. 1)

    We are hiring two technicians to collect field data at sites within the Hoosier NationalForest in southern Indiana as part of a collaborative study between the Department ofForestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the USDA Forest Service. Basicknowledge of proper field techniques and backcountry safety are required. Applicantsmust possess a valid driver’s license.

  • 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.

  • Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Internship (summer 2023), Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever (9 positions in Missouri; due March 3)

    Applicants will work in a joint capacity with USDA NaturalResources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Quail Forever(QF) and other partners to assist in the implementation of Farm Bill and other related wildlifeconservation programs.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Organic Internship (summer 2023), NRES Soil Ecology Lab (Urbana, IL; due Feb. 28)

    Are you curious about conducting research in environmental science? The Soil Ecology Labis hiring students interested in research experiences and in learning about modern organicfood production, soil health, and corn breeding techniques for regenerative systems.

  • Amphibian Research Internship (Paid + Housing) (June 2023 start), Memphis Zoo (Memphis, TN; due Feb. 28)

    The Amphibian Research Intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Sinlan Poo. The intern will learn a variety of field and laboratory techniques, such as visual encounter surveys, field sampling, night surveys, amphibian husbandry, captive breeding, amphibian development, morphology assessments, and parasite identification. Interns will learn about research design and the scientific method, and will have the opportunity to interact with researchers and external collaborators from Arkansas State University. Please visit to learn more about the research in the Amphibian Lab. To apply for this position, a valid driver's license and the ability to bring your own vehicle (to travel to/from field sites) is required.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Global Institute Career Day - March 3

    Current students and recent alumni are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign language, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come and join us for this in-person event to learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professors, professionals, and practitioners discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff at the networking reception!

  • 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! 

  • Internships (Academic Year 2023-2024), Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) (UIUC campus; due March 16)

    The Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is hiring interns for the academic year of 23-24 and Fall 23 semester. 

  • 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.

  • Research and Publications Intern (Summer 2023), Environmental Law Institute (Washington, DC; due Mar. 1)

    ELI is hiring interns to support the research and publications departments of the Institute. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus in domestic and international policy and law include: climate change, land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watersheds, armed conflict and the environment, environmental management systems, public participation, environmental justice, Indigenous issues, and environmental enforcement.

  • 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.