This project is a collaborative effort between Delta Waterfowl and Western Illinois University (WIU). The Illinois River Valley is home to numerous bottomland lakes within the river floodplain. Once shallow, productive marshes that were extremely attractive to migrating waterfowl, the bottomland lakes have been altered significantly since the early 1900s. Channelization and damming of the Illinois River for navigation changed the elevation of these wetlands, increasing sedimentation rates and changing vegetative communities. We are seeking a Masters of Science student to investigate and assess restoration possibilities and develop a long-term plan for restoration of Senachwine and Goose Lakes.
This graduate project will be supervised by Dr. Chris Jacques at WIU and supported by a research assistantship that provides a $21,000 per year stipend and a full tuition waiver. Classwork will be completed on the WIU campus in Macomb, Illinois with field work conducted along the Illinois River north of Peoria.
Candidates must have a Bachelors of Science degree in a wildlife-oriented program with a cumulative GPA ≥3.0 and a GRE score ≥50 percentile. Applicants with experience working with riparian ecosystems and associated native aquatic vegetation are encouraged to apply. A valid driver’s license is mandatory and a valid passport (or ability to get one) is preferred.
Interested applicants should submit their application via email to Dr. Chris Jacques with the subject line “Illinois River Project”. Please include a cover letter, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references as a single PDF via email no later than 1 April 2018.
Ideally, the successful applicant will begin in April or May 2018, gaining additional waterfowl experience as a technician at Delta Waterfowl’s research station near Minnedosa, Manitoba. Candidate will work as part of a research team evaluating the nest success of overwater nesting ducks. Student will formally begin research/coursework at WIU during the Summer 2018 semester. Applicants should indicate their earliest availability date in the cover letter. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until an applicant is selected.