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Stream & River Research Technician — Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Stream and River Research Technician (Hourly)
Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Primary Function of Position: The Stream Ecology lab at the Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking up to 7 research technicians to conduct bioassessments of aquatic life in streams and rivers in Illinois.

Job Description
Research technicians will work on a crew of 2 – 5 people assisting Stream Ecologists with field surveys. Field responsibilities include conducting fish surveys in wadeable streams and non-wadeable rivers, collecting macroinvertebrate samples, conducting habitat assessments, and water chemistry testing. When not in the field, research technicians conduct laboratory work including data entry, aging fish, macroinvertebrate sorting, and assistance with current research projects. Work hours will vary each day, but the successful applicant(s) would work approximately 40 hours per week with occasional overnight travel. Per-diem and lodging for overnight travel will be provided.

The position will be stationed in Champaign Illinois, but travel will occur throughout the state. Workdays can be long, but mostly involve traveling to field sites. Successful applicants will work in scenic Illinois rivers, learn how to identify >50 species of fish, collect field data, and be able to assist with ongoing research projects. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in various types of streams and river ecology research.

Must have or be working towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, fisheries, or natural resources. Valid driver’s license. Ability to carry heavy loads (40+lbs) over uneven terrain. Ability to work long hours (12+ hrs). Ability to work in adverse environmental conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.). Ability to swim. Demonstrated organizational skills and high attention to detail. Ability and experience identifying Midwestern fishes, operating a boat, hauling trailers, and driving four-wheel drive vehicles are preferred.

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

Available: June 3 – October 31, 2024, with the possibility of extension. Start date can be adjusted depending on candidate’s availability.

To Apply: Applications are due by 4/19/2024, but applications will be reviewed as they are received, and positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Please send a single PDF file with cover letter, C.V. or résumé, and contact information for three professional references to Megan Ryba at (Reference “River Research Technician 2024” in subject line).

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