Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly)

Illinois Natural History Survey - Prairie Research Institute

Havana, Illinois

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $12-$14 depending on experience
Deadline Aug 06, 2021

Field technicians (2-4 possible) are needed to conduct applied research in the area of 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.


Must have or 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. Candidate will participate in boat electrofishing, netting, and other appropriate gear types as well as be expected to perform field 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 with possible nights and weekends.


Available:  August 9 – October 31, 2021, with potential extension to December 2021. Start date can be adjusted slightly depending on candidate’s availability.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Levi Solomon at (Reference “IRBS Field Tech” in subject line).  For full consideration, applications should be received by 8/6/2021, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.

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