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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

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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.

  • Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry (up to two, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to conduct water quality research for institutional water treatment clients by performing on-site collections, testing, analysis, and recommendations for improvement. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Visiting Scientific Specialist, Hydrology

    ISWS is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Hydrology to conduct research and gather information from water and wastewater related sources, evaluate research data quality, develop written summaries based on research, and develop scientific content for water/wastewater operator website.

  • Water Resources Engineer - Illinois State Water Survey

    ISWS is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Water Resources Engineering to administer research activities of the Survey by developing, planning, directing, and conducting basic and applied research as it relates to water resources hydrologic modeling, water-energy nexus, and water supply planning in the Watershed Sciences Section.

  • Hazard Mitigation Planner - Illinois State Water Survey, PRI (Champaign, IL)

    The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is seeking to hire a Hazard Mitigation Planner (Official Titles:  Senior Scientific Specialist, Hazard Mitigation Planning [lower level], or Assistant Research Scientist, Hazard Mitigation Planning [higher level]) to conduct research related to hazard mitigation projects as well as perform outreach for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) grants and other projects as assigned within the Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program (CHAMP). Produce and prepare technical reports for FEMA regulatory and Risk MAP products and other projects and communicate and disseminate technical reports and research data.

    The ISWS CHAMP group has many funded projects that assess local flood hazards, identify high-risk areas, and engage community partners to inform, educate, and empower others to take action in preventing losses from natural hazards. CHAMP is a Cooperating Technical Partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency creating https://illinoisfloodmaps.org/.

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Mosquito Biology - INHS/PRI

    INHS is seeking an Assistant Research Scientist in Mosquito Biology who will develop, plan, direct, and conduct basic and applied research on mosquitoes and arboviruses, to investigate the ecology of vector-borne disease transmission in Illinois and contribute to the development of novel vector control and surveillance methods. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Senior Scientific Specialist or Assistant Research Scientist, Wetland Plant Ecology - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    INHS is seeking a Senior Scientific Specialist or Assistant Research Scientist in Wetland Plant Ecology (level is dependent on qualifications) (up to three hires, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to Administer research activities of the Survey by developing, planning, directing, and conducting basic and applied research with an emphasis on the coordination and participation in wetland determinations, assessments, and monitoring.

  • Senior Scientific Specialist, Archaeology - Illinois State Archaeological Survey

    The Illinois State Archaeological Survey is seeking a Senior Scientific Specialist, Archaeology.  The Archaeologist will coordinate the flow of environmental survey and cultural resource project information between the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), IDOT district offices, the IDOT Cultural Resources Unit, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the ISAS Transportation Section for the purposes of (1) characterizing the research potential of said projects for ISAS, (2) ensuring accurate and timely management of ISAS archaeological and architectural projects, (3) completing archaeological and architectural compliance reports on time, and (4) assisting IDOT in implementing its tribal monitoring policy.  Position is based in Champaign, 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.

  • Sitefinity Web Developer

    The Prairie Research Institute is seeking a part-time web developer to maintain the stability and security of a Sitefinity website by applying patches and updates as needed.