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Aquatic Fisheries Technician

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Aquatic Field/Fisheries Technician (Hourly)
Illinois Natural History Survey
Prairie Research Institute


The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking multiple (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 degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology
or a biological related field. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and strong ability to swim.
Preference will be given to those with experience in field collection protocols, safety protocols in
relation to field work and data collection, laboratory work and large river sampling. Experience with
large boats, outboard motors, trailers, 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: $14.00 - $16.00 per hour, depending on experience
Available: June 1– October 31, 2023, with potential extension to December 2023 and beyond. Starting
date can be adjusted slightly depending on candidate’s availability, including potential starting date prior
to June 1.
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 03/3/2023, 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.