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  • Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Ecologist

  • Visiting Assistant Scientist, Avian Ecologist

  • Historic Materials Analyst

    Historic Materials Analyst Central Offices

  • Fisheries Technician - Lake Michigan Biological Station

  • Human Resource Associate

  • Stream Research Technician (2-5 positions)

  • Visiting Assistant Scientist, Stream Ecologist

  • Field Station Coordinator

    Field Station Coordinator Illinois State Archaeological Survey-American Bottom Field Station

  • Undergraduate or Graduate Hourly Assistant

  • Summer Field Technicians- Plant-Pollinator Ecology

  • Staff Engineer/Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer

  • Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Aquatic Ecologist

  • Visiting Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions

  • Summer Assistant Botanist – Field Technicians (2 positions)

  • Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Materials Science

    ISTC is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Materials Science, to conduct research and lead projects related to the areas of material science, bio/chemical processing, hazardous waste reduction/repurposing, energy efficiency/conversion/storage, and/or water/wastewater treatment as part of enhancing research capabilities under the Hazardous Waste Fund.

  • Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Biogeochemist

    ISTC and ISWS are seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Biogeochemist, to conduct research on the biogeochemistry of inorganics and contaminants -- particularly metals, other inorganics, and agricultural and industrial chemicals -- in groundwater, surface water, mining effluents, and wastewaters in Illinois and other regions as applicable.

  • Visiting Environmental Program Development Specialist

    ISTC is seeking a Visiting Environmental Program Development Specialist to track emerging issues related to water, public health, and the environment; build relationships and collaborations across commercial, public, and private sectors; and leverage funds from the center’s Hazardous Waste Research Fund (HWRF) and other funding sources that allow the Prairie Research Institute to expand its efforts and solve important environmental issues.

  • Visiting Business Development Specialist

    ISTC is seeking a Visiting Business Development Specialist to work within the Technical Assistance Program to recruit and maintain relationships with business and communities for the purpose of evaluating their sustainability needs and generating projects to address these needs.

  • Bat Field Technicians

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking two bat field technicians. Responsibilities include searching for bats under bridges and performing bat habitat assessments, including identifying potential bat roost trees. The candidate will prioritize taskings, determine routes to field sites, edit and write reports. Potential for mist netting bats and trapping small mammals dependent on project taskings.

  • Fisheries/Aquatic Ecologist Technician

    Assist with field work in lakes, rivers and streams, laboratory behavioral experiments, lab maintenance, fish care, and data processing and analysis. Responsibilities include assisting with research projects evaluating recruitment, behavior, reproductive strategies and management of crappie, bluegill, Asian carp biology, and stream and river ecology and restoration. Participate in numerous laboratory tasks including identification of fish, zooplankton and benthic invertebrates, aging otoliths and diet analysis of fishes.

  • Internships-Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Management, and Aquaculture

    The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Ridge Lake (Charleston, IL), Kaskaskia (Sullivan, IL) and Sam Parr Biological Station (Kinmundy, IL) have internship positions available over the summer, and year round.  The three stations are state funded research laboratories working in the areas of aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and aquaculture.  Current projects include lake studies dealing with habitat enhancements, population ecology, predator-prey interactions, and management of sportfish and river studies examining habitat restoration and Asian carp ecology and sampling methods.

    Positions are primarily in the summer but can be arranged throughout the year.  Potential responsibilities include assisting with field sampling, laboratory experiments dealing with fish behavior, and data processing and analysis.  Specific responsibilities can be tailored to individual interests.

    Potential candidates should be working toward B.S. degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Biology, Zoology, Fisheries, or closely related fields.  Individuals interested in continuing on towards M.S. degrees or in eventually finding state or federal employment are particularly encouraged to apply.  Internships are three-month duration and paid a monthly stipend of $1300 a month with on-site housing provided if needed.  These internships can also be used to earn university credits.

    Closing date is 4/6/18 or until filled.

    “The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.”

    Application instructions: Electronic applications required. To apply, please email cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume’, and unofficial transcripts to: Dr. Joe Parkos ( for Kaskaskia or Ridge Lake Biological Stations and Dr. Michael Nannini ( for Sam Parr Biological Station– (Reference “Summer Internship + location” in subject line).                                                                     

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit



  • Academic Hourly-Research Chemist

    Conduct basic and applied research in a field and laboratory setting in the area of carbon capture processes.