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ISTC is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Materials Science, to conduct research and lead projects related to the areas of material science, bio/chemical processing, hazardous waste reduction/repurposing, energy efficiency/conversion/storage, and/or water/wastewater treatment as part of enhancing research capabilities under the Hazardous Waste Fund.

ISTC and ISWS are seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Biogeochemist, to conduct research on the biogeochemistry of inorganics and contaminants -- particularly metals, other inorganics, and agricultural and industrial chemicals -- in groundwater, surface water, mining effluents, and wastewaters in Illinois and other regions as applicable.

VISITING Environmental Program Development Specialist



The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is 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.

Our Mission is to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.

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.  ISTC is seeking a Visiting Environmental Program Development Specialist. 

Primary Position Function/Summary: Track emerging issues related to water, public health, and the environment; building relationships and collaborations across commercial, public, and private sectors; and leverage funds from the center’s Hazardous Waste Research Fund (HWRF) and other funding sources that allow the Prairie Research Institute to expand its efforts and solve important environmental issues.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and present emerging research needs, trend setting ideas, policies, or technologies for HWRF/ISTC to examine by researching organization websites, publications, announcements, and news events.
  • Develop new contacts and collaborations related to those needs, within environmental and other organizations, businesses, communities, and government/policy and university/scientific
  • Foster further collaborations with researchers and staff at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center {ISTC) and the other surveys of the Prairie Research Institute {PRI) and beyond to enhance HWRF effectiveness.
  • Seek funding opportunities, partnerships, and grant prospects for research scientists/Pis on topics such as pollution prevention, reduction of hazardous chemicals/hazardous waste, contaminants, water quality, and protection of groundwater.,
  • Prepare documents and other communications on these topics for administrators and others at ISTC, PRI staff, and external
  • Assist with significant aspects of projects as a liaison between ISTC and other entities we are working
  • Facilitate technology transfer by working with ISTC researchers to find organizations interested in testing, piloting, or adopting developed technology/research.
  • Supervise, mentor, and lead undergraduate students, graduate students, hourly workers and interns to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational This includes task assignment, scheduling, on-going performance management with coaching and feedback and travel/leave approval.
  • Keep abreast of development in this discipline
  • Participate in outreach and service
  • Perform other tasks as needed to enhance the overall goals and mission of ISTC and
  • Local and regional travel will be required; attending meetings, conferences, workshops both locally and regionally {up to 30%).


Position requirements:


Required:  Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or business degree with science/engineering coursework.  Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Preferred:  MBA or Master’s degree in related field.


Required: A minimum of 3 years of experience working in environmental consulting, donor relations, grant solicitation, or similar fields.  Proven track record with clients or donors, building relationships, and obtaining project funding.


Preferred:  Five or more years of experience working in environmental consulting, donor relations, grant solicitation, or similar fields.  At least one year of project management experience.  One year supervisory experience.



Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Valid driver’s license



Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Knowledge of current sustainability issues within public and private sectors including industrial, business, and communities such as water quality, hazardous waste reduction, green chemistry, contaminants, groundwater, and protection of the environment.  Familiar with IL universities, businesses, and organizations.  Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and leadership skills.  Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Excellent public speaking skills and inter-personal skills.  Proficiency in commonly-employed software and database applications.  Conscientious worker with attention to detail.  Ability to communicate technical ideas to non-technical audiences.


This is a visiting full-time position paid on a 12-month basis.  Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. 


Proposed start date: as soon as possible after close, or until a suitable candidate is identified.  Salary: is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment status:  visiting full-time, grant/contract funded, academic professional position Application procedures:  Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references must be received by February 20, 2018.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. 


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

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, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

INHS is seeking to hire a Research Programmer to maintain a MySQL pipeline that imports, exports and curates the core data aggregated into the Catalogue of Life.

ISTC is seeking a Visiting Business Development Specialist to work within the Technical Assistance Program to recruit and maintain relationships with business and communities for the purpose of evaluating their sustainability needs and generating projects to address these needs.



Job Classification:  Hourly Assistant – 40 hours per week

Position:   Aquatic Field Technician (6 possible positions)

Employer:   Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.  Position is located in Havana, Illinois.


Field technicians are needed to conduct applied research in the area of aquatic ecology and large river systems throughout the state of Illinois.  Technicians will assist large river ecologists in the collection of standardized long-term river monitoring data with additional targeted data collection.


Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor degree in aquatic ecology, biology, zoology or a biological related field. Must demonstrate a working knowledge of, and ability to collect biological data, such as fisheries and water quality in a large river system.  Understanding and experience with standardized long-term monitoring (LTRM) sampling protocols is preferred. Experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four wheel drive vehicles and maintaining field equipment. Candidate will participate in boat electrofishing, netting and other appropriate gear types as well as be expected to perform field station maintenance duties when needed.  This position requires significant physical exertion (including carrying 40 or more pounds of gear), commitment to safety, and meticulous data recording. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and a strong ability to swim. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, long days with possible nights and weekends.

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

Salary:            $9.00 to $11.00 per hour depending on experience

Available:         May-October 2018 with likely extension to December 2018.

Application:    For full consideration, applications should be received by 3/2/2018, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.  Electronic applications required.  To apply, please email cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to: Levi Solomon at soloml@illinois.edu - (Reference “IRBS Field Tech” in subject line).

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).

INHS is seeking one individual to assist with bat surveys relating to the Illinois Bat Conservation Program. This program conducts bat surveys across the state of Illinois using acoustics, mist netting, radio telemetry and emergence counts. 

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking two bat field technicians. Responsibilities include searching for bats under bridges and performing bat habitat assessments, including identifying potential bat roost trees. The candidate will prioritize taskings, determine routes to field sites, edit and write reports. Potential for mist netting bats and trapping small mammals dependent on project taskings.

Assist with field work in lakes, rivers and streams, laboratory behavioral experiments, lab maintenance, fish care, and data processing and analysis. Responsibilities include assisting with research projects evaluating recruitment, behavior, reproductive strategies and management of crappie, bluegill, Asian carp biology, and stream and river ecology and restoration. Participate in numerous laboratory tasks including identification of fish, zooplankton and benthic invertebrates, aging otoliths and diet analysis of fishes.

The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Ridge Lake (Charleston, IL), Kaskaskia (Sullivan, IL) and Sam Parr Biological Station (Kinmundy, IL) have internship positions available over the summer, and year round.  The three stations are state funded research laboratories working in the areas of aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and aquaculture.  Current projects include lake studies dealing with habitat enhancements, population ecology, predator-prey interactions, and management of sportfish and river studies examining habitat restoration and Asian carp ecology and sampling methods.

Positions are primarily in the summer but can be arranged throughout the year.  Potential responsibilities include assisting with field sampling, laboratory experiments dealing with fish behavior, and data processing and analysis.  Specific responsibilities can be tailored to individual interests.

Potential candidates should be working toward B.S. degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Biology, Zoology, Fisheries, or closely related fields.  Individuals interested in continuing on towards M.S. degrees or in eventually finding state or federal employment are particularly encouraged to apply.  Internships are three-month duration and paid a monthly stipend of $1300 a month with on-site housing provided if needed.  These internships can also be used to earn university credits.

Closing date is 4/6/18 or until filled.

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

Application instructions: Electronic applications required. To apply, please email cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume’, and unofficial transcripts to: Dr. Joe Parkos (parkos@illinois.edu) for Kaskaskia or Ridge Lake Biological Stations and Dr. Michael Nannini (mnannini@illinois.edu) for Sam Parr Biological Station– (Reference “Summer Internship + location” in subject line).                                                                     

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.