Seeking 1 positions to conduct research evaluating larval Asian carp abundance in the Upper Mississippi River using larval light trap and trawling techniques. This project will contribute towards the completion of a master’s thesis and eventually the expected completion of a master’s degree at Western Illinois University.
Larval Asian carp monitoring will be conducted in Mississippi River backwaters using light traps and trawling techniques. This requires an intensive field and laboratory component.
Applicant will be expected to assist other crews in diet analysis, netting efforts, electrofishing, telemetry and other field and laboratory duties as needed. This lab is a cohesive unit and it is imperative that the student is able and willing to work well with others and be versatile.
If working at the Kibbe Field station, summer housing will be provided if needed.
B.S. in fisheries biology, biology, or related fields. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, be able to swim, have strong computer, computational, and analytical skills, have a competitive GPA, and ability to work independently and also well in a group. Experience operating small watercraft on riverine systems is preferred. Proficiency using GPS and GIS technology is preferred. The applicant should be available to start in June or July 2017. Applicant will be required to work long hours in adverse weather conditions. Applicants with a strong background in fisheries and aquatic ecology research, larval fish and macroinvertebrate identification, and familiarity with Midwestern aquatic organisms are preferred.
To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest, transcript (unofficial is ok), and resume (including 3 references) to Dr. Jim Lamer. Any application that does not include all 3 of these required documents will not be reviewed.