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  • 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

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