Aquatic Field Technician - Illinois Natural History Survey
Monday, May 20, 2019 09:33 PM

Job Classification:  Hourly Assistant – 40 hours per week


Position:  Aquatic Field Technician (6 possible positions)


Employer:  Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.  Position is located in Havana, Illinois.



Field technicians 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.



Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor 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 (LTRM) sampling protocols is preferred. Experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four wheel drive vehicles and maintaining field equipment. 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 40 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.


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


Salary:             $11.00 to $13.00 per hour depending on experience


Available:         May-October 2019 with likely extension to December 2019.


Application:     For full consideration, applications should be received by 6/15/2019, start date is 6/10/2019, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.  Electronic applications required.  To apply, please email cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to: Levi Solomon at [email protected] - (Reference “IRBS Field Tech” in subject line).



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, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (