Research Associate for Wildlife Endangered Species, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield
Job Category
Full time Positions
$1,000 Per Week
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
I am seeking a research associate to contribute to conservation and recovery of threaten and endangered wildlife species in Illinois. The research associate will take the direction and guidance from the principal investigator and assist with field supervision, data acquisition, management and analysis, proposal development, and manuscript preparation as instructed. The research associate will be of an important research and coordinating role in implementing and evaluating the recovery actions for threatened and endangered species, including Franklin's ground squirrel and osprey, in the state of Illinois.
Successful candidate must have a M.S. degree in ecological science, wildlife, conservation biology, or related field by the start date. Candidate should have a minimum of two seasons of directly related field or professional experience. Experiences working with mammals and birds of prey, trapping, PIT-tagging, radio-tracking, maintaining field equipment, chainsaw operation, and prescribed burns are preferred. Experiences with database management, writing reports and journal articles, statistical analysis, and presenting at scientific meetings are also preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS 10.2 or above, GPS, and statistical computing, such as R, is highly desirable. Successful candidate must demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills. Candidate must have a commitment to high level of work quality, attention to detail, and field personnel and equipment safety. The individual must be willing to travel, have and maintain a valid driver's license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours. The work requires the ability to lift loads which may exceed 50 pounds, to traverse outdoor terrain on foot without mechanical assistance, and to negotiate a variety of natural obstacles while carrying or transporting equipment.

Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.

Starting date: May 15, 2017.

Ending date: June 30, 2018, with possibility of extension based on funding.

Salary: $1,000 per WEEK, mileage reimbursement for pre-approved work-related travel, plus individual office space with windows.

To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at

1. Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications.
2. Resume, including contact information for three references.
3. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).
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Tih-Fen Ting
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