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  • Orientation Leader (training in spring, work Aug. 12-21), UIUC New Student Programs (Urbana, IL)

    The OL position is designed to offer students the opportunity to implement orientation programming for new first year students and family members.OLs are expected to be knowledgeable about the University of Illinois and have a desire to help new students have a successful transition. OLsattend a Spring Leadership Training course to help prepare them to be student leaders for New Student Program events. All OLs will assist atvarious events such as International Student Orientation, Fall Orientation/Welcome Days and various other orientation programs. Opportunities forsummer OL work will also be available. More information will be provided in the spring semester.

  • Northwest Field Crew Member

    Looking for an exciting way to spend your year? Apply for a field crew! AmeriCorps Northwest Minnesota Field Crew Members (ages 18-25) work outdoors and gain valuable field skills. Crew members receive on-the-job training in natural resource management, fire control and conservation methods, and then put those skills into practice on natural resource projects across the Midwest.

  • Shooting Sports and Wildlife Instructor and Counselor (summer 2023), Camp Wildlife (Summerton, SC; due March 1)

    The camp is located on YLI’s Camp Bob Cooper directly on Lake Marion (South Carolina’s largest lake). Amajority of the camp week will focus on hunting and fishing techniques, wildlife ecology, outdoorsurvival skills and shooting sports activities (shotgun, rifle and archery). Instructors will be trained andcertified through USA Archery, South Carolina 4H Shooting Sports, and South Carolina Department ofNatural Resources. In addition to these activities, we will also utilize other components such asswimming, team building, and various recreation activities. To see more about the camp, visit

  • Peer Advisors (summer 2023), UIUC Division of General Studies (Urbana, IL; due Mar. 19)

    The Division of General Studies is hiring Peer Advisors to assist with New Student Registration for Summer 2023 

  • Program Coordinator, International Field Studies (Columbus, OH)

    The Program Coordinator has two main responsibilities: 1) act as the liaisonbetween IFS and the trip instructor/students to ensure that all details of eachtrip are handled properly and IFS is of maximum assistance to theinstructor/students and 2) responsible for administration of trips includingbilling, form collection and coordinating travel. The employee performs a fullrange of office support assignments.

  • CivicSpark Fellow (Sept. 2023 start) in CO, WA and CA (deadlines Apr. 7 and May 12)

    The CivicSpark Fellow Application for the 2023-24 service year is NOW OPEN!For 11 months, beginning in September, over 100 Fellows will bring energy, commitment, and drive to supportcommunities tackle their climate and community resilience challenges while gaining professional experience. Afterlaunching our pilot cohorts in Colorado and Washington last year, we are excited to continue to serve those statesthis year, in addition to California. Our early deadline is April 7th and our priority deadline is May 12th.

  • Biological Science Technician (soils), Agricultural Research Service (Lincoln, NE; due May 5)

    Duties include collecting, preparing, evaluating, and verifying soil samples and supporting records, performing routine soil laboratory techniques using specialized equipment for microbiological analyses, tabulating, statistically analyzing and summarizing data using personal computers and software packages, preparing solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, maintaining detailed records of experimental data, and assisting in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment.

  • IL Seasonal Tech - Vegetation Assessments (summer 2023), Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (southern IL; due May 16)

    The Seasonal Technician – Vegetation Assessments will be responsible for conducting vegetation assessments at defined locations on rights-of-way in southern Illinois, completing assessment forms and entering data. This position will be responsible for accurate data collection and entry and take measures to ensure quality control. Assessments will be conducted from June 1 through August 15, 2023.

    This position may have the opportunity to assist other Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever staff in planning and conducting habitat management on private lands, coordination outreach events or attending chapter sponsored events. 

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    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 results of this evaluation will guide ongoing sampling strategies to obtain an unbiased representative sample for any given sportfish species within a navigation pool and will provide information required for development and evaluation of harvest regulations. This project will be guaranteed for at least 2 years with possible extension for three additional years.  The position duties will require a balance of field sampling, laboratory science, data analysis, and writing.

  • Plant Protection Technician (seasonal), USDA-APHIS-PPQ (Champaign, IL; due June 12)

    Plant Protection Technicians play an important role in detection and management of invasive species in Illinois. This Technician position will support two APHIS-PPQ programs during the 2023 field season: (1) trapping and visual surveys to detect invasive exotic tree pests and (2) releases of parasitoid wasps for biological control of emerald ash borer. The Technician will install and maintain insect traps, collect and screen samples, evaluate field sites for biological control suitability, release biocontrol agents, and record data in local and national databases. This work will require working in a variety of environments throughout Central and Southern Illinois, including forest preserves, parks, urban and industrial areas, and rail yards. The Technician will also be expected to participate in outreach supporting these programs through daily interactions with the public while working in the field as well as occasional involvement in organized outreach events. The Technician will work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Land Steward, Conservation Practitioner III (job number 53435), Kankakee Sands Preserve Illinois, The Nature Conservancy (Morocco, IN; due June 16)

    This is a full time, regular, field-oriented position based at our Kankakee Sands Project in Pembroke Township, Illinois.  Duties may include supervising seasonal and part-time staff, may also help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers, may help organize and participate in community outreach events and/or volunteer workdays, may work under minimal/distant supervision and make some independent decisions as delegated by supervisor.  Some work might require working on your own, working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances, may travel a few times a year for training or regional meetings.

  • Chicago Field Fellow (year-long field technician for fruit bat research), Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago (Madagascar; due June 30)

    This one-year position will involve organizing and participating in monthly field expeditions for Ekipa Fanihy with one additional tech and a team of PhD students from the University of Antananarivo. This position will take over from one of our outgoing techs and overlap a current tech who will remain through August 2024 and be replaced in September 2024. 

  • Part-time Summer Office Assistant, NRES (Urbana, IL) deadline ASAP

    NRES Business Office is seeking a part-time office assistant (10-20 hours per week) for the summer.

  • Student Web Developer, Dept. of Crop Sciences (Urbana, IL; open until filled)

    Immediate for 10-20 hours/week (flexible). Would like someone who is available to work through the summer into future fall and spring semesters.

  • Research Project Coordinator, Kansas Biological Survey at The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)

    Application review begins on August 23, 2021 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool is identified. 

  • US Forest Service Job Outreach Event in Bloomington, Indiana October 25

    As part of the 2018 Natural Areas Conference (October 23-25 in Bloomington, IN), the US Forest Service is holding a Job Outreach Event on Thursday, October 25th. Carefully check registration rates before making plans to attend.

  • Agricultural Science Research Technician, Agricultural Research Service (Morris, MN; due Sept. 1)

    Conduct health assessments research on soil and plant samples

  • Eastern Iowa Field Coordinator. (Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa) (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

    The Field Coordinator (FC) is integral to the AmeriCorps field program’s goal of accomplishing challenging conservation projects, as well as providing training, education, coordination, and leadership to ensure a positive and safe experience for regional field program participants. The Field Coordinator must have the ability to assist in personnel management, maintain equipment, and coordinate or provide training in technical and personal development skills.

  • Natural Resource Specialist position in South Dakota

    The Northwest Area Joint Board of Conservation Districts is seeking a self-motivated person, able to work independently and/or as a member of team in rural northwestern South Dakota. Application deadline is May 15, 2016.

  • Traveling Outdoor Educators (March-June 2023), Nature's Classroom (Portsmouth, NH)

    Do you enjoy teaching kids, exploring new places, and meeting other nature and scienceenthusiasts?

    Become a Nature on Wheels Instructor this spring and travel across New England providing outdoor learning experiences to elementary and middle school students.

  • Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member

    In northern Lake County, Indiana, The Nature Conservancy owns or helps manage more than 500 acres containing a mosaic of rich habitats, including globally rare dune and swale habitat.  Restoration efforts are geared toward helping delist the Grand Calumet River as an Area of Concern by reinstating beneficial uses related to wildlife and wildlife habitat. 

  • LIFE SCIENCE CAREER TRAINEE (UPWARD MOBILITY) Opt. E - Target Title: Envir. Protection Specialist I, IL EPA (Springfield, IL; due Mar. 16)

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land (BOL), Remedial Project Management Section (RPMS), Unit B is seeking to hire Life Science Career Trainee (Option E). The ideal candidate will participate in the agency sponsored training program for a six to twelve months duration. This trainee position receives working assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consonant with various professional life sciences career disciplines within the Remedial Project Management Section (RPMS), Unit B. As a LSCT, you will receive controlled assignments in a broad range of departmental activities with increasing difficulty and responsibility.


    The Content Specialist & Evaluation Associate works as part of the Science Education Research Center (SERC) team at Carleton College to develop new and improve existing websites, support professional development programming, maintain SERC collections, and assist in education research and evaluation projects. The Science Education Resource Center is a grant-funded office at Carleton College, founded to improve education in the Earth sciences and beyond. Today we are a team of 13 educators, researchers and technical specialists who have worked with over 100 award winning education projects across the STEM disciplines and allied fields.

  • Urban Conservation Technician, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (Noblesville, IN; open until filled)

    To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the position satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Hamilton County provides reasonable accommodations to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless those accommodations would present an undue hardship. 

  • Post-Graduate Fellowship (June 2023-May 2024), Dunes Learning Center (Chesterton, IN)

    Environmental Education Fellows are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team and are responsible for providing meaningful experiences for children and adults regarding the diversity of ecosystems and cultural history of the Indiana Dunes all year long. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team.

  • Multiple positions at the Great Basin Institute (western U.S.A.)

    Multiple positions at the Great Basin Institute across the Western United States.

  • Biological Science Technician (Recent Graduate), Agricultural Research Service, Soil Management Research Unit (Morris, MN; due May 26)

    Duties include assisting in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment, common to the assigned area of work, maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, safely disposing of waste material (both chemical and biological), recording instrument readings, collecting samples, and taking measurements, keeping detailed records of experimental data, tabulating, analyzing, and summarizing data using personal computers and software packages, performing routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment, maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures, and more.
  • Eat Safe Fish Program Specialist, Lansing, MI (due, June 28, 2020)

  • Fisheries Technician, Illinois Natural History Survey (Havana, IL; due July 21)

    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 mid-August – October 31, 2022, with potential extension to December 2022 and beyond.  Starting date can be adjusted slightly depending on candidate’s availability.

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Large River Ecology - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Large River Ecologist to Administer research activities of the Survey by developing, planning, directing, and conducting basic and applied research for the aquatic macroinvertebrate component of the Long-Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRM), an element of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program (UMRR).

  • AmeriCorps Community Outreach Corpsmember

  • UT San Antonio: Associate Professor in Natural Resource Management

  • Big Sky Watershed Corps (Jan. - Nov. 2023), AmeriCorps (Montana)

    Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) is an AmeriCorps program that assists Montana’s watershed communities to make a measurable difference in local conservation efforts while strengthening the experience of young professionals.BSWC members develop and implement climate resiliency initiatives through streams and riparian restoration projects, re-vegetation projects, low-tech process-based restoration, drought planning, water quality/quantity monitoring, riparian fencing, river clean-ups, terrestrial/aquatic invasive species removal, abandoned mine reclamation, beaver mimicry, irrigation infrastructure improvements, watershed inventories and so much more! BSWC members also promote watershed health and natural resource conservation through outreach and education by engaging local communities through lessons in schools, community field days, workshops, training, and volunteer opportunities. Overall, BSWCmembers confront climate change with innovative solutions developed in direct partnership with community organizations and local stakeholders

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Population, Climate, and Disease Modeling) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to collaborate on a project developing predictive models of avian disease in the Laurentian Great Lakes. This position will be based out of Champaign, Illinois.

  • 2016 Seasonal Timber Positions

    The Bridger-Teton National Forest will be hiring seasonal positions for the 2016 summer season starting in January of 2016.  The Forest will be filling up to 4 seasonal positions in timber. Government housing will be available for these positions.  The jobs will be posted starting January 8th   thru January 27th based on the grade of the position.

  • Environmental Science Specialist 1 or 2, Surface Water Inspector, State of Arizona (Phoenix, AZ; open until filled)

    Learn about this and other job opportunities in the State of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Undergraduate Research Ambassador (spring 2023), UIUC Office of Undergraduate Research (due Feb. 6)

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is seeking highly motivated and personable undergraduate students who are eager to guide and support their peers through the Illinois undergraduate research experience. If you have previous experience in research, whether through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, we invite you to apply to become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador. In this role, you will have the opportunity to help other students navigate their own research journeys.

  • Natural Resource Management Specialist, Great Basin Institute (Reno NV)

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM Nevada State Office is recruiting a Natural Resource Management Specialist to support the Bureau’s soil, water, air and riparian programs. This office-based position will expose the Specialist to a wide array of Bureau resources and provide an opportunity to better understand BLM Nevada resource management policy.

  • Vegetation & Butterfly Field Technicians (summer 2023), University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO; due Feb. 20)

    Four (4) field technician positions are available for the summer 2023 field season to aid in researching tallgrass prairie butterfly habitats. This project is a joint effort between the University of Central Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation to better describe how vegetation and management influence Regal Fritillary butterfly population sizes. 

  • Day Camp Leader - Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

  • Field Technician (2 positions; forest; summer 2023), Purdue University (southern Indiana; due Mar. 1)

    We are hiring two technicians to collect field data at sites within the Hoosier NationalForest in southern Indiana as part of a collaborative study between the Department ofForestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the USDA Forest Service. Basicknowledge of proper field techniques and backcountry safety are required. Applicantsmust possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Technical Positions in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Ecology, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH; due Mar. 3)

    Up to two full-time technician positions are available to assist on a on a field- andlaboratory- based research project that is designed to help the Ohio Division of Wildlife understandthe cause of reduced yellow perch angling success in western Lake Erie. This project requiresextensive field sampling during summer (June-October) for adult yellow perch, zooplankton, andhabitat on Lake Erie. Laboratory and computer work (e.g., zooplankton counting, diet processing,data entry and plotting) will occur when not in the field. One of the two incumbents will serve as thehead technician of the project. Opportunities to help with data analysis, manuscript writing, and/orstudent mentorship may exist, depending on the incumbent’s experience.

  • Field Technician (vegetation data; summer 2023), Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN; due Mar. 1)

    We are hiring a technician to assist in collecting field data in Indiana forests for a research project being conducted by the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. The technician will work alongside two graduate students collecting vegetation data to determine the effectiveness of invasive plant control treatments funded by federal cost-share programs. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license. Position will be based in West Lafayette, Indiana, but will work throughout the state of Indiana. Multiday travel will be required.

  • Fisheries/Aquatic Ecology Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey

    The Kaskaskia Biological Station is seeking 1-2 hourly Research Technician to conduct field and laboratory work in support of research projects on sportfish management and invasion biology in lakes and rivers.  Job offers come with an expected commitment of 12-24 months and this position will be based out of the Kaskaskia Biological Station in Sullivan, IL.

  • LIFE SCIENCE CAREER TRAINEE (UPWARD MOBILITY) Opt. E - Target Title: Envir. Protection Specialist I, IL EPA (Springfield, IL; due Mar. 20)

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land (BOL), Leaking Underground Storage Tank Section, Special Projects and Financial Unit is seeking to hire Life Science Career Trainee (Option E).        The ideal candidate will participate in the agency sponsored training program for a six to twelve months duration. This trainee position receives working assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consonant with various professional life sciences career disciplines within the Leaking Underground Storage Tank, Special Projects and Financial Unit. As a LSCT, you will receive controlled assignments in a broad range of departmental activities with increasing difficulty and responsibility.

  • Environmental Management Staffer - Sustainable Fisheries Team, Chesapeake Research Consortium (Annapolis, MD; due Mar. 30)

    The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) is seeking an individual for a three-year Environmental Management Staffer position within its Environmental Management Career Development Program. All CRC Staffers in the Environmental Management Career Development Program support the work of the Chesapeake Bay Program. The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) brings together leaders from state, federal and local government, as well as academia and the watershed’s many communities, to collaborate on creating the best strategies and tools for cleaning up the Bay and the rivers and streams that flow into it and engaging with diverse communities to restore habitat health for living resources and promote stewardship for an environmentally and economically sustainable Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program is fueled by science and driven by partnership.



    The successful applicant will be passionate about our mission and the strategies (including litigation) therein. You must be able to work efficiently and independently from a home office or ours, recognize priorities and work under the direction of the Steering Committee overall and the Chair in particular.

  • Environmental Scientist I, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet--Environmental Analysis (Frankfort, KY; due Apr. 25)

    Holders of the Environmental Scientist I position will complete tasks such as assess projects for potential impacts to streams and wetlands, communicate with KYTC Districts about their needs in regards to permitting and compliance, oversee consultants who are tasked with working on clearing KYTC projects and securing all necessary permits prior to construction, meet with state and federal resource agencies to help secure Clean Water Act permits for KYTC.

  • Fisheries/Aquatic Ecology Research Technician (full-time), Kaskaskia Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey (Sullivan, IL; open until filled)

    Conduct field and laboratory work in support of research projects on sportfish management and invasion biology in lakes and rivers. Current research projects include spatial ecology and food web effects of habitat enhancements in reservoirs, experimental harvest regulations, and the ecology and management of invasive carp in the Illinois River. Field work responsibilities include measuring limnological parameters, sampling fish, zooplankton, and macroinvertebrate communities, and conducting creel surveys in rivers and lakes throughout Illinois.