Visiting Scientific Specialist, Wetlands Geologist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1800198)

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Visiting Scientific Specialist, Wetlands Geologist

Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is 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. To learn more about ISGS please visit

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Wetlands Geologist to participate in hydrogeologic and geochemical studies of wetlands, wetland mitigation sites, natural areas, and other features. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

• Conduct field work, including installing wells and instruments, surveying, conducting field testing, and collecting hydrogeologic and geochemical measurements.
• Collect, review, and evaluate field and file data.
• Measure surface and ground water levels.
• Download and maintain various field instrumentation.
• Enter and upload field data and perform quality control checks.
• Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
• Contribute to hydrogeologic characterization site reports and other reports and publications.
• Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
• Travel, including up to a work week of consecutive nights of overnight travel, and conduct field work throughout the state, some of which may be under less than ideal conditions (inclement weather, remoteness, site security concerns, moderate physical exertion,).
• Lift and manipulate field equipment and other items weighing up to 50 pounds over uneven terrain.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in geology, physical geography, or closely related discipline with coursework in wetland science, geomorphology, glacial geology, hydrogeology, soil science, aqueous geochemistry, and/or sedimentology. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Experience conducting onsite field surveys. Experience translating technical information into written reports or presentations. Ability to describe and map geologic materials. Familiarity with reading and interpreting aerial photographs and geologic and topographic maps. Must have scientific knowledge and skills necessary to collect and analyze field data for the completion of wetland studies. Strong verbal and written communication skills to translate surveys and research findings into appropriate management recommendations, reports, and presentations to co-workers, supervisory staff, and scientific and lay communities. Ability to apply analytical/scientific thinking to define and solve problems. Ability to execute field and office tasks and operate independently at times, specifically in field settings. Effective communication, collaboration, personal relations, and team work skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree. Experience with hydrogeologic and geochemical field investigation techniques, such as sample collection, and equipment such as dataloggers and associated software. Experience with GPS and surveying tools. Experience with ArcGIS. Knowledge of the wetlands regulation process.

This is a visiting, full-time, contracted-funded academic professional appointment subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by April 27, 2018. 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, Prairie Research Institute, at [email protected] 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

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Scientific Specialist, Wetlands Geologist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1800198)
Open Date: 03/28/2018
Close Date: 04/27/2018
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey





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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 4/28/2018
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