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  • Stream Research Technician (2-5 positions)

  • Undergraduate or Graduate Hourly Assistant

  • Summer Field Technicians- Plant-Pollinator Ecology

  • Summer Assistant Botanist – Field Technicians (2 positions)

  • 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.