Assistant Waterbird Ecologist - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1700590)

Champaign, IL
Sep 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Waterbird Ecologist
Forbes Biological Station, Havana, Illinois
Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

The Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station, established in 1894, is located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Illinois. It is the oldest inland field station in North America and one of nine field stations of the Illinois Natural History Survey. The Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center is housed at the Forbes Biological Station. Staff of the Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to wetland ecosystems, with a specific focus on the ecology and management of wetlands, waterfowl, and other waterbirds. Our research efforts focus on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and the wetlands throughout the State.

Location: Forbes Biological Station, Havana, Illinois

Job description: The successful candidate will conduct research and monitoring activities in the field of wetland bird (e.g., waterfowl, other waterbirds, shorebirds, passerines, etc.), wetlands ecology, or other related natural resource fields as needed to address the goals and objectives of the Prairie Research Institute, the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Forbes Biological Station.

Major Duties & Responsibilities will include:
  • Independently conduct complex research and monitoring activities in the field of wetland or other waterbirds, shorebirds, passerines, etc.
  • Independently conduct complex research and monitoring activities with wetlands ecology and other natural resource field-related projects.
  • Conduct field and laboratory work which may require extensive travel for long periods during atypical business hours.
  • Prepare reports and support publishable manuscripts, technical reports, internal publications or presentations for professional meetings.
  • Collect, manage, and analyze scientific data.
  • Communicate and interact with recipients of services and provide technical assistance as required.
  • Apply basic and specialized knowledge in a specialized research area and keep abreast of developments in the discipline.
  • Provide outreach and service to the public, the INHS, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, PRI, UIUC, and professional organizations as requested and approved by supervisor.
  • Coordinate, instruct, supervise, or train hourly staff and students.
  • Maintain high degree of scientific integrity and a positive attitude.
  • As time and contract(s) permit, report findings in scientific journals and at professional meetings; provide technical information in area of expertise; and make presentations to service, nature or science groups, schools, or other public meetings.


Required:Bachelors of Science degree in natural resource management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field with 1 year of experience in research relating to wetland birds. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Experience identifying birds, plants, and invertebrates is required. Experience using common software packages for data recording and analysis, reporting, and processing, such as ArcGIS, GPS, and other mapping software. This position requires experience and training in wildlife, specifically waterfowl, waterbirds, and/or wetlands ecology. Experience working with boats and firearms. Must be able to swim and work in extreme weather conditions.

Preferred: Experience driving 4WD trucks and trailering boats.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Valid driver's license. Ability to obtain FOID card and regulatory hunting license.

Preferred: Boater safety training, CPR and first aid training. Firearm safety training.

Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, and staff; appropriate field and laboratory skills, as well as physical skills necessary to carry out field work. Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, and leadership skills for the purpose of supervising, planning and monitoring research activities, and documenting progress. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor both as a team member/leader and independently, with minimal supervision, in a fast-paced work environment with multiple and changing priorities.

Salary: $47,500 to $49,000 depending upon experience. This is a regular, academic professional, full-time grant supported position. The estimated starting date is October 23, 2017.

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

To apply: Applications must be received by October 12, 2017. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing. For further information, please contact Angela Young, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey,, 217-244-7793. For technical questions, please contact: Aaron Yetter, Search Committee Member, at

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

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Waterbird Ecologist - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1700590)
Open Date: 09/21/2017
Organization Name: INHS - FBS


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