Aquatic Field Technician (Hourly): Illinois

Agency
Illinois Natural History Survey/ Prairie Research Institute/ University of Illinois
Location
Macomb, Illinios
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$12-$14 per hour, depending on qualifications
Last Date to Apply
02/11/2022
Website
https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/7426/211832349
Description
The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking field technicians (1-2) to conduct applied research in the area of aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois, focusing on the Mississippi River. Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection and lab sample processing. This position will be 40 hours per week and will be based in Macomb, Illinois.
Qualifications
Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor’s degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology, or a biological related field. Must demonstrate a working knowledge of, and ability to collect, biological data such as fisheries and water quality in a large river system. Understanding and experience with standardized long-term monitoring sampling protocols is preferred. Experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four-wheel-drive vehicles, and maintaining field equipment is also preferred. Candidate will participate in native and invasive fish monitoring, netting, and other appropriate sampling methods, as well as be expected to perform other field, laboratory, and 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. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and a strong ability to swim. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, long days, occasional nights, and possible weekends. Available: April - June 2022 with potential extension To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Zack Witzel at zwitzel@illinois.edu (Reference “IRBS Technician” in subject line). For full consideration, applications should be received by 2/11/2022, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found. The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://go.illinois.edu/EEO that participates in the federal E-Verify program and participates in a background check program focused on prior criminal or sexual misconduct history. University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.
Contact Person
Zack Witzel
Contact eMail
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