INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Large River Fisheries Ecology (up to four, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to develop, direct, and conduct research activities focused on issues surrounding the impact, control, and management of bigheaded carp and other potential nuisance or invasive species throughout Illinois Waterway. These positions are located in Yorkville, IL and Havana, IL. Three positions will be located in Yorkville, IL, and will focus heavily on fieldwork, with limited other duties. One position will be located in Havana, IL, and will focus more on data analysis and interpretation, though some field work will be required.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience or Master’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of experience in standard fish sampling and other sampling techniques important to large river ecology research. Experience with pulsed-DC and or AC boat electrofishing, fyke and hoop netting, trawling, and other sampling techniques important to large river ecology research. Experience with writing and presenting scientific reports and scientific journal articles that include standard fisheries statistical analyses. Valid driver’s license. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases, including Microsoft Office, MS Access, ArcGIS products and statistical software packages.
Possess appropriate field and laboratory skills as well as physical skills necessary to carry out work.
Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and clients. Ability to swim is required.
Master’s degree in Biology, Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Experience driving 4WD trucks and trailering boats. Experience working on large river systems by boat. Boater’s Safety, MOCC training, First-Aid and CPR training, AFS Certified Fisheries Professional. Red Cross or other swim certification preferred.
To Apply: Applications must be received by January 31, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed and hiring decisions may be made prior to the closing date. Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.