Fisheries Technician: Illinois

Illinois Natural History Survey, Lake Michigan Biological Station
Lake Michigan Biological Station, Zion, IL
Job Category
Full time Positions
$13.50 per hour
Last Date to Apply
Participate in daily research activities related to monitoring yellow perch population dynamics, nearshore fish assemblages, and benthic invertebrate and zooplankton prey resources, along with monitoring sport fish harvest dynamics along the Illinois shoreline of Lake Michigan. Interview shoreline and boat anglers on their fishing effort, expenditures, harvest and biological characteristics of fish in their possession. Responsible for assisting with field sampling of nearshore fishes, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton, as well as with laboratory sample processing and gear maintenance. Field work will be done from small boats on a large body of water using a variety of gears. Laboratory work entails frequent time spent at microscopes identifying organisms, as well as fish dissections and processing structures for aging. Responsible for detailed record keeping and interacting with the public in a professional manner. Work may occur in a hatchery setting, including water changes and care of larval fish. Position available November, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in fisheries, aquatic ecology, zoology, or closely related field. The candidate must be physically able to lift up to 30+ pounds (including from a depth of 60 feet), walk up to two miles, and work outside under adverse field conditions including, but not limited to, biting insects, cold and hot temperatures, humidity, no shade and rain. Candidate must be able to work on a large body of water and be aware of possibility of motion sickness. Candidate must be able to work with chemical preservatives. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be able to swim and be willing to work early mornings and weekends. Additional experience with marine craft and interacting with the public is a plus. Application: To apply please send a cover letter, resume or CV, copy of academic transcript and list of three references (with emails) to Charlie Roswell at Indicate in Subject line of the email “LMBS TECH 2018.” Applications will be reviewed as they come in and a hire may be chosen at that time. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit
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Charles Roswell
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