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  • Field Technician (Hourly Assistant)

  • Student/Academic Hourly – Communications

    ISTC seeks a student or academic hourly employee to create closed captions for seminar videos and to assist with ISTC’s social media presence.

  • Engineer-Graduate Student Hourly

    The Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program is seeking a graduate student to conduct and/or review hydrologic and hydraulic studies, communicate results, and assist with the preparation of technical reports. 

  • Engineering Assistant (Hourly Assistant)

  • IWIP Irrigation Data Management Support (Student Hourly)

    Assisting Illinois Water Inventory Program staff in maintaining the Illinois Water Inventory Program (IWIP) Database and associated well records related to irrigation reporting by entering data, evaluating data quality, evaluating historical paper records for information, conducting interviews with irrigators, and taking measurements from operating irrigation systems.   

  • Engineering Assistant (Hourly Assistant)

  • Data and Information Specialist (Hourly up to 2 positions)

    Assisting with data entry and development of materials for several grant funded projects. Searching for and cataloging information from water and wastewater related websites. Writing 2-3 sentence summaries of web-based documents, media, and tools related to drinking water systems, wastewater systems, and operators for a website and accompanying database. Maintaining a web-based national events calendar. Assisting with web-based content development related to water and wastewater topics of special interest.

  • Field Research Assistant (hourly up to 5 positions)

    Field Research Assistants will work with Survey scientists to conduct statewide data collection on Illinois streams in support of the IEPA Intensive Basin Survey program. 

  • Academic Hourly-Illinois Water Treatment (IWT) Program

    Provide accurate and timely technical and analytical support for the Institutional Water Treatment unit (IWT), including water sample, deposits and corrosion coupon analysis and evaluation. Provide professional, unbiased scientific recommendations regarding water treatment and corrosion control needs to state and private facilities.

  • Fisheries Technician - Lake Michigan Biological Station

  • Undergraduate or Graduate Hourly Assistant

  • Summer Assistant Botanist – Field Technicians (2 positions)

  • 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.