INHS is seeking several Fisheries/Aquatic Ecology Technicians to conduct fieldwork and laboratory tasks in support of research projects on sportfish management and invasion biology in lakes and rivers. These positions will be located in Sullivan, Illinois. Current research projects include spatial ecology and food web effects of habitat enhancements in reservoirs, experimental harvest regulations, and the ecology and management of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River. Fieldwork responsibilities include sampling fish, conducting creel surveys, and measuring limnological parameters in rivers and lakes throughout Illinois. Laboratory tasks include water chemistry, identification and quantification of larval fish, zooplankton and benthic invertebrates, fish age and growth measurements, and other tasks as needed. Must be knowledgeable or willing to learn field and laboratory techniques associated with fisheries and aquatic ecology research. Experience using boats, outboard motors, and trailers, along with some fisheries field and laboratory techniques is preferred. Work will be conducted in conjunction with faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other research assistants. Other duties include data processing, and maintenance and repair of sampling gears, boats, boat trailers, and laboratory equipment.
Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. Good judgment and interpersonal skills are essential. Requires significant physical exertion (including carrying 40 or more pounds of gear), commitment to safety, and meticulous data recording. Familiarity with boat operation and safety desirable. Candidates must be willing to work in adverse weather conditions, possibly nights or weekends, and work from a boat on large water bodies. A valid driver’s license and ability to swim is required.
To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, copy of unofficial college transcripts, and names and contact information of three references to Kyle Broadway, 217-728-4851, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Reference “Fisheries-Aquatic Ecology Tech 2021” in subject line of email). For full consideration, applications should be received by 03/31/2021, but position will remain open until filled. Electronic applications required.