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The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) and its five constituent surveys—the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and Illinois State Water Survey—serve the state of Illinois by providing rigorous, objective scientific research, data, and expertise to help understand, manage, and protect our essential natural resources. With around 600 full-time staff, PRI is one of the largest research institutes at the University of Illinois.

PRI is based in Urbana-Champaign, a diverse, affordable, micro-urban community. Learn more about Urbana-Champaign

U of I HR provides more information about applying to and working at the University of Illinois, including available benefits.

If you have questions about any PRI open positions or the application process, contact a member of our human resources team:

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (eDNA) - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assist with projects centered on the efficacy of environmental DNA to inform management of rare, threatened, and/or endangered (RTE) species in aquatic systems. Specifically, this research will use both single-species quantitative PCR assays as well as community metabarcoding to assess occupancy of RTE turtle species in the Midwest.

  • Hourly Research - WaterOperator.Org, Illinois State Water Survey

    The Illinois State Water Survey is seeking an hourly research assistant to conduct research and gather information from water and wastewater related websites, evaluate research data quality, develop written summaries based on research, and develop scientific content for water/wastewater operator website.

  • Fisheries Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    Field technicians (1-4 possible) are needed 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.

  • Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    INHS is seeking field technicians (2-4) 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.

  • Hourly Research - Illinois Water Inventory Program - llinois State Water Survey, PRI

    The Illinois State Water Survey is seeking an hourly research assistant to maintain the Illinois Water Inventory Program (IWIP) Database and associated well records data by entering data, evaluating data quality, evaluating historical paper records for information and conducting interviews with data suppliers from high-capacity water systems in Illinois. Process and file incoming and historical water well information.

     

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Illinois Natural History Survey

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to explore and quantitatively assess existing fish length and age data to evaluate various approaches to fish stock assessment and identify/pursue data gaps to characterize reach-specific population demographics of recreational and commercially important sport fishes in Illinois and Mississippi rivers (e.g., Pool 26 of the Mississippi River, La Grange reach of the Illinois River).

    The associate will work under the direction of Jim Lamer and work closely with the Illinois River Biological Station scientists, other INHS researchers and faculty, and staff from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries. The position is based in Havana, Illinois, at the Illinois River Biological Station

  • Seasonal Full-time Field Work - Illinois State Water Survey, PRI

    The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is seeking a field research assistant to work with Survey scientists to conduct statewide data collection on Illinois streams in support of the IEPA NPDES program.  

  • Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey (Macomb, IL)

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking field technicians (1-2) to conduct applied research in the area of 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.