Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

 Research Positions at the Kaskaskia, Sam Parr, and Ridge Lake Biological Stations

Fisheries/Aquatic Ecologist Technician

Salary: $12.00 - $13.00/hr

Application Deadline:  Call for availability

Job Description: Full time 2-3 year position at the Kaskaskia or Sam Parr Biological Stations.  Duties include assisting with field work in lakes 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 largemouth bass, population ecology of muskellunge, Asian carp research and eradication, and stream and river ecology restoration. Work will be conducted in conjunction with faculty, graduate students, and other research assistants.

Qualifications: B.S. degree in fisheries or biology

Contact: To inquire about available positions or for technical questions contact Joe Parkos, (217) 728-4851,



Salary:  Internships are three-month duration and paid a monthly stipend of $1000 a month with on-site housing provided if needed. These internships can also be used to earn university credits.

Closing:  Available year round.  Call for availability

Job Description:  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 growth, recruitment, population ecology, behavior, reproductive strategies, and management of largemouth bass, muskellunge, and bluegill and Asian carp research on the Illinois River and Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal.  Additional studies include the effects of low-head dams on aquatic stream communities.  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.

Qualifications:  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 particular encouraged to apply.

Contact:  To inquire about available positions or for technical questions contact one of the biologist listed below.

Joe Parkos, Ridge Lake Biological Station and Kaskaskia Biological Station: (217) 728-4851,

Michael Nannini, Sam Parr Biological Station: (618) 245-6348,                                                                            

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