Associate Mammalogist - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1700296)

Champaign, IL
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Mammalogist

Illinois Natural History Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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. The mission of INHS is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

INHS is seeking to hire an Associate Mammalogist to conduct studies on avifauna as well as in-depth monitoring of populations and communities with a particular focus on bats. This work will be conducted predominately in northeastern Illinois in the Chicago region and collar counties. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Independently lead scientific field research including survey design and implementation. Directly supervise staff including tasking and scheduling of staff; maintain appropriate staffing levels to ensure project success. Conduct sampling of mammal species, with an emphasis on bats, utilizing standard techniques, and record habitat and environmental data. Conduct habitat suitability assessments for mammalian species (e.g. roost trees and hibernacula for bats). Ensure field safety training is provided and protocols are followed by all team members. Confirm appropriate maintenance and usage of field equipment. Enter data while providing quality assurance/quality control of research material. Prepare technical reports for agency deliverables in conjunction with other staff members. Participate in outreach activities to benefit the mission and visibility of the Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, and University of Illinois. As time and the contract(s) permit, may design and carry out independent research; apply for and obtain extramural funding; report findings in scientific journals and at professional meetings; provide technical information in area of expertise; make presentations to service, nature or science groups, schools, or other public meetings; and serve on professional and scientific societies in such duties as reviewing or editing papers, moderating panels, and serving as a committee member or officer. May perform any of these activities not expressly permitted by the contract if time permits and funding is available to buy out contract service. This position will involve extensive field work under a variety of environmental conditions, including inclement weather. Must be able to carry equipment weighing up to 20 pounds for short distances over uneven terrain and travel to onsite locations throughout the state of Illinois.

Qualifications: Required: Master's degree in ecology, zoology, natural resources or related discipline. Strong experience with multiple sampling methods for mammals. Experience with GIS platforms and software. Experience with database preparation, software, and data management. Ability to identify mammalian species of the Midwest particularly of Illinois and the Chicago region with an emphasis on bats. Strong interest in ecological research. Ability to work in a team and independent setting. Ability to supervise field technicians. Strong written and oral communication skills. Valid driver's license.

Qualifications: Preferred: Experience with statistical software packages such as R, SAS, SPSS, SYSTAT. Experience with ecological software packages such as MARK, Presence. Experience with museum/collection protocols.

This is a regular full-time contract-funded academic professional position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey/Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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 To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Organization Name: IL Natural History Survey
College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 05/16/2017
Close Date: 05/30/2017


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