Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly)

Illinois Natural History Survey

Macomb, Illinois

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15 - $17 per hour
Deadline Jul 17, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

INHS is seeking field technicians (1-3) to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois, focusing on the Mississippi River. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection and lab sample processing. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be based in Macomb, Illinois.


Preferred candidates should be in the process of working toward a bachelor’s degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology, or a biological-related field. Must demonstrate a working knowledge of, and ability to collect, biological data such as fisheries and water quality in a large river system.  Understanding and experience with standardized long-term monitoring sampling protocols is preferred. Experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four-wheel drive vehicles, and maintaining field equipment is also preferred. The candidates will participate in native and invasive fish monitoring, netting, and other appropriate sampling methods, as well as be expected to perform other field, laboratory, and station maintenance duties when needed. This position requires significant physical exertion (including carrying 50 or more pounds of gear), commitment to safety, and meticulous data recording. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and a strong ability to swim. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, long days, occasional nights, and possible weekends.             

Salary: $15 - $17 per hour, depending on experience                                               

Available:  July 2024 – December 2024, with potential for extension


To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Emily Szott at eas12@illinois.edu (Reference “Summer IRBS Technician” in the subject line).  For full consideration, applications should be received as soon as possible, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://go.illinois.edu/EEO that participates in the federal E-verify program and participates in a background check program focused on prior criminal or sexual misconduct history.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Fisheries, Hydrology