Post-Doc in Waterfowl and Wetlands: Illinois Natural History Survey

Illinois Natural History Survey
Havana, IL
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We are seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct and oversee a variety of ongoing waterfowl and wetland research projects. The position will be based at the Forbes Biological Station (FBS) in Havana, IL ( and require extensive travel throughout Illinois and the Midwest. This individual will primarily lead experimental design and oversee execution of existing projects, but there will be opportunities to seek funding for additional projects related to waterfowl, wetlands, large river ecology, and the broader fields of migratory bird and wetland conservation. Specific duties will include conducting statistical analysis, assisting with grant reporting requirements, and leading manuscript development on a variety of projects including, but not limited to, waterfowl telemetry, home range and habitat selection using resource selection functions, secretive marsh bird call-back surveys and occupancy modeling, aerial waterfowl surveys, true metabolizable energy of waterfowl foods, and rapid assessment methods for determining wetland quality for migratory birds. Opportunities exist for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching field courses, and conducting public outreach. This individual will be expected to lead the waterfowl and wetland science program at the FBS in collaboration with other INHS scientists and FBS staff. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in ecology, natural resources, zoology, wildlife biology, or a related field before or around 1 July 2017 and within the last five years; demonstrated writing ability including experience in grantsmanship and compiling written reports for sponsored projects and agencies; a strong record of publishing in peer-refereed journals; and extensive experience designing and analyzing wetland bird surveys. Candidates should have previous experience in wetland and/or large river systems; a strong interest in waterfowl, marsh bird, and wetland ecology and management; experience using statistical modeling software such as MARK, DISTANCE, SAS, R, NetLOGO, and others; ability to supervise technicians, work with private landowners, and work effectively within a team and independently. Self-motivation and a passion for research are critical personality traits for successful leadership of the science program at FBS.

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2017, but review will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Electronic applications required: please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references along with a writing sample to with subject line “Waterfowl Postdoc”.

Technical questions should be directed to Dr. Andrew Casper ( and Dr. Heath Hagy (
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