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Aquatic Field Technician Crew Leader — Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois

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The Illinois River Biological Station is seeking up to 2 Aquatic Field Crew Leaders to conduct applied research in aquatic ecology in large river systems throughout the state of Illinois. Technicians will lead field sampling crews in the collection and analysis 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. Candidates must have experience with field collection protocols, and safety protocols concerning fieldwork and data collection, and must have experience in leading field crews in aquatic habitats. 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 lead boat electrofishing crews, netting crews, and lead crews in the deployment of 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: $20.00 - $22.00 per hour, depending on experience

Available: May 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 May 1.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Brandon Harris at (Reference “Aquatic Crew Lead” 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 that participates in the federal E-Verify program and participates in a background check program focused on prior criminal or sexual misconduct history.