Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute
Zion, Illinois
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Location: Lake Michigan Biological Station, Zion, IL
Job Description: Participate in daily research activities related to monitoring yellow perch population dynamics, nearshore fish assemblages, and benthic invertebrate and zooplankton prey resources, along with monitoring sport fish harvest dynamics along the Illinois shoreline of Lake Michigan. Responsible for assisting with field sampling of nearshore fishes, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton, as well as with laboratory sample processing and gear maintenance. Field work will be done from small boats on a large body of water using a variety of gears. Laboratory work entails frequent time spent at microscopes identifying organisms, as well as fish dissections. Interview shoreline and boat anglers on their fishing effort, expenditures, harvest and biological characteristics of fish in their possession. Responsible for detailed record keeping and interacting with the public in a professional manner. Work may occur in a hatchery setting, including water changes and care of larval fish.
Qualifications: Must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in fisheries, aquatic ecology, zoology, or closely related field. The candidate must be physically able to lift up to 30+ pounds ( including from a depth of 60 feet), and work outside under adverse field conditions including, but not limited to, biting insects, heat, humidity, no shade and rain. Candidate must be able to work on a large body of water and be aware of possibility of motion sickness. Candidate must be able to work with chemical preservatives. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be able to swim and be willing to work early mornings and weekends. Additional experience with marine craft and interacting with the public is a plus.

Wage: $12.50 hr. Benefits: Basic medical insurance available with this position.
Position duration: Beginning spring 2017 through June 2018.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Application: To apply please send a cover letter, resume or CV, copy of academic transcript and list of three references (with emails) to Indicate in Subject line of the email “PETERSON TECH 2017.”
Open through April 15, 2017, or until filled.
Technical questions: Please direct technical questions to Scot Peterson at
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. (
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