Job Description: The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking two (2) field technicians to assist with fish and mussel field sampling for the summer and fall of 2020. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. Housing not provided.
Primary Responsibilities: Collecting fish by dip-netting, seining, and trawling, as well as back-pack, barge and boat electrofishing; collecting mussels by hand sampling, snorkeling, and excavation of quadrats; lab and museum work, including data entry, processing specimens for curation, museum maintenance; equipment cleaning and maintenance; and other duties as needed. Travel and long hours in the field should be expected.
Requirements: Course work in biology, entomology, fisheries, environmental science, or related field is recommended. The candidate must be able to swim, hike to remote sites, travel overnight, work outside under adverse field conditions (biting insects, leeches, poison ivy, heat, cold, humidity, etc.), lift 40 pounds, and be comfortable on boats and personal watercraft. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in freshwater systems.
Salary: $12-14 per hour; commensurate with experience.
Available: On or before May 20, 2020 through late-September, 2020 (start and end dates are flexible).
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Alison Stodola at firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference “Aquatic Field Tech” in subject line). Deadline for submission is March 1, 2020.
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