Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Wetland Soils or Visiting Assistant Scientist, Wetland Soils

Location
Champaign, IL
Posted
Apr 06, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Wetland Soils or Visiting Assistant Scientist, Wetland Soils
(level is dependent on qualifications)

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 more than 260 scientists and staff, 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 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 INHS please visit http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/.

INHS is seeking a Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Wetland Soils or a Visiting Assistant Scientist, Wetland Soils (up to three) (level is dependent on qualifications) to conduct basic and applied research in the areas of soils, hydrology, and science (specifically delineation and restoration/mitigation). This Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) funded, long-term program focuses on wetland delineations and mitigation throughout the state of Illinois. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist:
• Identify hydric soil field indicators, interpret surface hydrology, and provide hydric soil determinations [according to the Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual (including applicable regional supplements and Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States)] to establish the boundaries of hydric soil units by conducting on-site wetland visits.
• Collaborate with scientific team to determine the delineation of wetlands by analyzing soils and hydrology in sponsored project areas.
• Compile the results of soils and hydrologic investigations into technical reports.
• Participate in community outreach and service events.
• Mentor hourly staff.
• 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 35 pounds over uneven terrain.

Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Visiting Assistant Scientist:
• Same duties as the Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist.
• Participate and coordinate with the Illinois State Geological Survey in long-term wetland mitigation projects, including locating and evaluating potential mitigation sites, assisting with site design, designing and implementing monitoring programs.
• Respond to requests for scientific/technical information and speaking engagements, as well as serving on internal committees.
• Conduct independent research and presentation/publication of results, particularly concerning wetlands, as time and funding allows.

Required Qualifications for the Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist: Master's degree (or bachelor's degree plus one year relevant experience) in a related discipline including a focus on soils, restoration ecology, hydrology, or natural resources and environmental sciences. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Relevant experience which may include applicable college internships, field coursework, assistantships, or volunteer work. Ability to conduct onsite field surveys. Ability to work long hours in extreme weather conditions on rough terrain. Ability to translate technical information into written reports or presentations. Must be able to classify and map soils, identify hydric soil units, interpret soil survey reports, and interpret wetland hydrology. Must have scientific knowledge and skills necessary to collect and analyze field data for the completion of wetland studies. 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. Effective communication, collaboration, personal relations, and team work skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Valid driver's license. Preferred Qualifications for the Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist: Experience conducting wetland delineations according to the ACOE method. Experience operating independently, specifically in field settings. Knowledge of prairie soil types. Proficiency in ArcGIS, MS Access, or website maintenance.

Required Qualifications for the Visiting Assistant Scientist: Master's degree plus 3 years relevant experience (or bachelor's degree plus 5 years relevant experience) in a related discipline including a focus on soils, restoration ecology, hydrology, or natural resources and environmental sciences. Relevant experience may include applicable college internships, field coursework, assistantships, or volunteer work. 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 working long hours in extreme weather conditions on rough terrain. Experience translating technical information into written reports or presentations. Must be able to classify and map soils, identify hydric soil units, interpret soil survey reports, and interpret wetland hydrology. 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 for the Visiting Assistant Scientist: Experience conducting wetland delineations according to the ACOE method. Knowledge of prairie soil types. Proficiency in ArcGIS, MS Access, or website maintenance.

This is a visiting, full-time, contract-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. The starting annual salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by April 20, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board 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 lwalston@illinois.edu 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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Wetland Soils or Visiting Assistant Scientist, Wetland Soils - Illinois Natural History Survey
Open Date: 04/05/2018
Close Date: 04/20/2018
Organization Name: Illinois Natural History Survey

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