Botany Field Technician (Hourly) : Champaign, Illinois

Illinois Natural History Survey
Champaign, Illinois
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15 - $17 per hour depending on experience
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The Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking 2 or more Field Technicians to work with Survey botanists to conduct statewide monitoring of forest, wetland, and grassland vegetation for the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP). Duties include: 1) assist with field surveys of plants in forests, wetlands, and grasslands throughout Illinois, 2) share extensive driving responsibilities to and from field sites, 3) conduct sweep samples of insects in the field, 4) enter data collected in the field into a Microsoft Access database and 5) assist with other office and field work as needed. This position in based in Champaign, Illinois. Salary: $15 - $17 per hour depending on experience. Up to 40 hours per week. Available: Preferred duration: 15 May through 31 August 2023. Start and end dates somewhat flexible.
Candidates must have undergraduate course work in biology, ecology, botany, or related subjects, preferably with field experience in plant biology. Applicants must be willing and able to: 1) work outside under sometimes difficult field and environmental conditions, 2) travel regularly for 3-4 days at a time throughout Illinois with overnight hotel stays and shared driving responsibilities, 3) competently use a computer and other electronic equipment, and 4) show good organizational skills. Long workdays are expected. A valid driver’s license is required. Ability to sort insects to order preferred, but not required. To Apply: Email cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications, resume/CV, and names and contact information for 3 references (including e-mail address) to Timothy Rye at (references “Summer Botanist” in subject line). Application deadline is March 5, 2023, but will remain open until positions are filled. Please direct technical questions to Timothy Rye at
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