Employment Opportunities

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse.

The Visiting Assistant Research Chemist will analyze amine compounds to determine their chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography and spectroscopy techniques. Provide analytical support for a carbon capture project including method development as and quality control tests. Develop and perform a corrosion study associated with amine compounds. Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed. Write technical papers, reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests. Assist other staff on other projects as needed. Field work will require travel throughout the State of Illinois.

The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois—the state's biological memory. With a staff of over 200 scientists and technicians, INHS is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. INHS is seeking to hire a Botanist in the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP) to conduct research activities essential to scientific programs by providing support in the development of research plans and execution of research including collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois. Applications must be received by July 11, 2017. For additional information and to apply please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board. For additional information regarding CTAP please visit http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/research/ctap/.   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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

Assist the Illinois State Water Survey Sediment Laboratory Analyst by performing various duties as needed: prepare supplies and material for analytical methods, washing bottles/caps, taring bottles/glass filters, and data entry. Immediate needs of the position requires working approximately 30-40 hours per week during the summer. Possibility of 10-15 hours per week during the fall semester if needed, to be evaluated later in the summer. All working hours are between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (detailed duties): Responsibilities include assisting the Sediment Analyst in performing fluvial sediment lab methods (suspended sediment concentration and particle size distribution) through preparation of supplies and materials needed to perform fluvial sediment methodologies, weighing/taring glass filters, data entry, measuring specific conductivity; washing plastic & glass bottles/caps used to collect water samples, perform QA/QC on bottles, moving and stacking bottle cases in storage area, data entry, and/or other general assistance as requested by Sediment Analyst and Laboratory Manager.


  • Required: Minimum of high school degree and enrolled in a college program in a science field.
  • Preferred: Enrolled in a college program in the field of earth science (geology, geography, etc.)


  • Required: At least 1 year previous work experience that successfully demonstrates ability to be accurate, reliable, timely, punctual, and work with minimal supervision. Ability to lift and carry cases of glass bottles filled with water (~40 pounds).
  • Preferred: Any experience in a laboratory setting in addition to the required experience.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Required: Experience with spreadsheet software
  • Preferred: Microsoft Excel software

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Environmental Assessments Specialist (up to two) to perform environmental site assessments (PESAs) and evaluate potential environmental and geologic hazards and risks for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) infrastructure improvement projects. IDOT’s infrastructure projects range in size and can involve anything from a single property to hundreds of properties across many miles of existing or future highways.  IDOT uses the PESAs completed by ISGS to assess each project’s needs, plan the agency’s short-term and long-term needs, assist in land acquisition decisions, and promote awareness of natural and man-made hazards that may affect the project and its construction.  Position is based in Savoy, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities: Two positions available. Research topics may be varied, but two focal projects are Blanding’s Turtle and Ornate Box Turtle conservation. Duties will include collecting field data associated with projects, assisting with biotic assessment surveys, analyzing data, presenting findings in a publication, and other scholarly research activities.

Qualifications: B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or related field, a solid understanding of ecological principles, the ability to work independently in sometimes harsh field conditions, hold a valid Driver’s license, and have relevant statistical coursework or training. Prospective candidates must have also taken the GRE and achieved a high enough score for admittance into the University of Illinois Graduate College and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Estimated Start Date: start between June and August 2017

Salary: Dependent upon education level and academic unit, up to $1,924.73/month for a 50% appointment offered for 12 months. Students must be enrolled during the semester to receive a tuition waiver.

Send a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Dr. Michael J. Dreslik at dreslik@illinois.edu or University of Illinois, 1816 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820 and to hroffice@inhs.illinois.edu. You must enter "Dreslik GRA" in the email subject line. Technical questions can be directed to Dr. Dreslik at his email.


Major Duties and Responsibilities: Develop a client base with Illinois companies, including the commercial and industrial/manufacturing industry, to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve their sustainability, and to support and document their actual implementation of sustainability activities associated with materials, processes, water and waste water, energy utilization, waste minimization and recycling. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Develop a growth strategy focused on both technical project development and customer satisfaction. Conduct research to identify new markets and customer needs relevant to ISTC's capabilities and expertise. Arrange a minimum of 7-10 business meetings with new clients each week. Plan and prepare presentations for a variety of audiences using a diverse array of mediums. Oversee the development of marketing literature. Build relationships with existing client base in an attempt to increase their current fiscal outlay for ISTC programs. Identify trendsetter ideas, organizations, or technologies by researching industry and related events, publications, and announcements; tracking individual contributors and their accomplishments with the intent to expand ISTCs offered services and capacities. Existing ISTC services within ISTC include, but are not limited to, Governor's Sustainability Awards program; Green Office Challenge; Water Efficiency and Conservation initiative; zero Waste Program; Project management of design, build, operate projects. Create, negotiate, and close commercial agreements. Analyze project metrics and produce required reports. Generate a minimum of $50,000 in contract revenues within the first year of employment, with an expectation to increase by 15% each year after.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Required: Bachelor's degree
Preferred: Bachelor's degree in business, economics, or industrial engineering

Required: A minimum of 2 years of selling services in the B2B (business to business) environment. Must have track record of business development and sales of technical services and a demonstrated ability to identify, quantify, and close deals with clients. Candidates should be able to communicate this in their applications through transparent means such as including a deal / sell sheet to validate this capability. This information should include the identification of market, services sold, and volume of deals closed in USD.

Training, Licenses or Certifications - Required: Must possess a valid driver's license and access to transportation to travel to sites.

Knowledge Requirements: Required: Excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong public speaking skills and interpersonal skills; excellent computer and data management skills; attention to detail. Preferred: Track record of business development and sales of sustainability related B2B services; knowledge of current sustainability issues within private sector industrial and manufacturing such as energy efficiency, water consumption, waste reduction, and recycling.

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience and education. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. Please be advised that visiting academic professionals are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Visiting Academic Professionals/AAP-IEA-NEA union. For more information regarding the contract, please go to www.ahr.illinois.edu/forms/vap.pdf. For more information regarding the bargaining unit, please visit the AAP website at aapillinois.wordpress.com or contact the Illinois Education Association (IEA): Sean Burns at Sean.Burns@ieanea.org or 217-384-2906.
Start date is somewhat negotiable, but preferred date is April 16, 2017.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance or a contingent offer.

To apply: Applications must be received by April 4, 2017. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume', working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information please contact Hannah Dorsey, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-4978, hdorsey@illinois.edu. For technical questions, please contact Dr. Kevin O’Brien at kcobrien@illinois.edu.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).