Employment Opportunities

The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The UIUC is a large campus with many opportunities and programs.  The twin cities offer a variety of features including theaters, museums, restaurants, concert venues, parks, and recreation facilities.  The expanding industrial and business commerce throughout the area is an exciting proposition for Urbana-Champaign, yet we still are able to preserve a small-town feel.  Even with this growth, the area maintains a sense of community with smaller, established neighborhoods dominating the interior of both towns, while larger suburban housing is available on the outskirts. There are also delightful small towns within 20 miles of campus. The commute to work is not an issue in Urbana-Champaign! Most employees live within a 20 miles radius, and are able to make the trek within 20 minutes. We also have a world-class transit system that is free to employees. Our area also has the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons, with average winters and summers in comparison to other US locales. The local public schools within C-U and surrounding areas offer a wide range of gifted programs, and there are several private schools within the area.

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. 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. Interview shoreline and boat anglers on their fishing effort, expenditures, harvest and biological characteristics of fish in their possession. 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.

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

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.