Aquatic/Fisheries Field Technician (Hourly)

Illinois Natural History Survey/ Illinois River Biological Station

Havana, Illinois

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $16 - $18 per hour; 40 hour per week
Deadline Feb 23, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking up to 8 field technicians 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.


Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor's degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology, or a biological-related field. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and a strong ability to swim. Preference will be given to those with experience in field collection protocols, safety protocols related to fieldwork and data collection, laboratory work, and large river sampling. Experience with large boats, outboard motors, trailers, and four-wheel drive vehicles, along with other fisheries, water quality, and related field equipment is preferred. Experience with standardized long-term river monitoring (LTRM) sampling protocols and training in boater safety and laboratory safety 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. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, long days with possible nights and weekends.

Salary: $16.00 - $18.00 per hour, depending on experience                                               

Available:  June 1 – October 31, 2024, with a potential extension to December 2024 and beyond.  The starting date can be adjusted slightly depending on the candidate’s availability, including a potential starting date before June 1.




To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Levi Solomon at soloml@illinois.edu (Reference “IRBS Field Tech” in the subject line).  For full consideration, applications should be received by 02/23/2024, 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.

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Category Ecology, Fisheries, Hydrology