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Urban Avian Field Technician

Illinois Natural History Survey

Northern Illinois ,  Illinois
Ecology Wildlife

The Avian Field Technician will assist with research on birds, plants, and insects in northern Illinois. Duties include conducting point counts for Illinois birds, using playback recordings to survey for focal species, and collecting environmental DNA samples. Duties will also include collecting habitat and environmental data, navigating to sites using maps and GPS, maintaining field equipment, entering data, and potentially assisting with report preparation for the contracting agency. Fieldwork will begin before dawn in a variety of environmental conditions (hot, cold, rain, dense vegetation). The ideal candidate will follow protocols with attention to detail, have a strong work ethic, and have a positive attitude towards fieldwork.


1)     Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, or related field; enthusiastic undergraduates and people with strong bird identification skills encouraged to apply
2)     Ability to identify Illinois bird species by sight and song/call, or ability to learn bird ID before fieldwork begins
3)     Strong interest in ecological research
4)     Valid driver’s license
5)     Ability to work well independently and in a team 

Preferred Experience: 

1)     Previous point count and nest searching experience during at least one field season
2)     Experience conducting research
3)     Experience with ArcGIS and R

Salary: $11 - $14/hr (commensurate with experience) 

Available: Start date – May 1, 2017; end date- early August with potential for extension into the fall

Application: For full consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2017. To apply, please email cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for three references to: IMPORTANT!  Reference “Urban Avian Field Technician” in subject line. For HR questions, please contact Erica Hanson, HR Associate, at For technical questions, please contact Anastasia Rahlin at

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

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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