Field Technicians (2 positions)

  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Illinois, United States
  • Mar 16, 2017
Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Position will be located in the southern Illinois region. Housing is provided in field house in southern Illinois. 

The Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois is seeking applicants for Field Technicians to: conduct research determining how forest management in Illinois directly affects bird abundance, diversity, and habitat use during the breeding season; survey the breeding bird community within several forests throughout Illinois where forest management is or is going to be occurring; conduct point counts to document the diversity and abundance of birds, survey woodpecker abundance, deploy remote digital cameras and analyze images, and inventory forest structure and composition in association with census points; enter and analyze data, and assist with report and presentation preparation.

Must possess the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline and have had education or research experience closely related to the primary mission of the project. Experience in identifying (by sight and sound) bird species that breed in Illinois, particularly in forests. Incumbent must have experience conducting point counts or other similar bird survey techniques. Experience conducting vegetation surveys is preferred. Must be willing to work long hours outside under a variety of summer field conditions and live in a field station with others. Position requires an ability to work well independently or with others. Incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license. Prior experience using topographic map and compass or GPS unit to orienteer is preferred. 

Preferred duration: Early- to Mid-May 2017 through Early-August 2017 

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

Application deadline is April 10, 2017.

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Job Level



Research Institute


Rate of pay: $10.00 to $13.00 per hour commensurate with experience and skills.