Employment Opportunities

INHS is seeking a Waterfowl Ecologist / Director of the Forbes Biological Station (FBS) and Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center.  The Forbes Biological Station (FBS), located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Havana, IL, was founded by Stephen Forbes in 1894, and is the oldest inland field station in North America.  The station is a premier center for waterfowl and wetland science in North America.  Research infrastructure and equipment available at the field station include boats, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, tractors, and a fully functionally laboratory.  Excellent collaborative opportunities exist with nearby field stations and offices operated by the Illinois Natural History Survey, The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois at Springfield, Western Illinois University, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NWRs, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

INHS is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Biodiversity Genomics to develop, plan, conduct, and direct specialized research programs of significance on any of a broad range of topics using genome scale data to address questions in the biodiversity sciences. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

INHS is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Wildlife Ecologist to develop, conduct, and direct specialized research programs of significance on topics in mammalian ecology, specifically wildlife-human interactions in anthropogenically-dominated landscapes. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Structural Geologist to contribute to and lead multi-disciplinary subsurface research programs within and beyond the ISGS in the area of structural geology and/or geomechanics. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

The Illinois Natural History Survey seeks a principal research scientist who will develop and manage a research program, while also serving as director of INHS, providing leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific research and service programs undertaken and provided by INHS.


The INHS Medical Entomology Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the foraging ecology of an invasive mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Topics of interests include: understanding how vector-feeding preferences vary under a diversity of natural host communities; elucidating the influence of physiological state and infection on feeding behavior; and disentangling the selective pressures behind host specialization. The work would entail a combination of field, mesocosm, and lab work, and support the creation and use of mathematical models to explore the evolutionary and epidemiological implications of environmental influences on mosquito behavior.

Conduct basic and applied research in a field and laboratory setting in the area of carbon capture processes.

Assist the Illinois State Water Survey Sediment Laboratory Analyst by performing various duties as needed: prepare supplies and material for analytical methods, washing bottles/caps, taring bottles/glass filters, and data entry. Immediate needs of the position requires working approximately 30-40 hours per week during the summer. Possibility of 10-15 hours per week during the fall semester if needed, to be evaluated later in the summer. All working hours are between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (detailed duties): Responsibilities include assisting the Sediment Analyst in performing fluvial sediment lab methods (suspended sediment concentration and particle size distribution) through preparation of supplies and materials needed to perform fluvial sediment methodologies, weighing/taring glass filters, data entry, measuring specific conductivity; washing plastic & glass bottles/caps used to collect water samples, perform QA/QC on bottles, moving and stacking bottle cases in storage area, data entry, and/or other general assistance as requested by Sediment Analyst and Laboratory Manager.


  • Required: Minimum of high school degree and enrolled in a college program in a science field.
  • Preferred: Enrolled in a college program in the field of earth science (geology, geography, etc.)


  • Required: At least 1 year previous work experience that successfully demonstrates ability to be accurate, reliable, timely, punctual, and work with minimal supervision. Ability to lift and carry cases of glass bottles filled with water (~40 pounds).
  • Preferred: Any experience in a laboratory setting in addition to the required experience.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Required: Experience with spreadsheet software
  • Preferred: Microsoft Excel software

Duties & Responsibilities: Two positions available. Research topics may be varied, but two focal projects are Blanding’s Turtle and Ornate Box Turtle conservation. Duties will include collecting field data associated with projects, assisting with biotic assessment surveys, analyzing data, presenting findings in a publication, and other scholarly research activities.

Qualifications: B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or related field, a solid understanding of ecological principles, the ability to work independently in sometimes harsh field conditions, hold a valid Driver’s license, and have relevant statistical coursework or training. Prospective candidates must have also taken the GRE and achieved a high enough score for admittance into the University of Illinois Graduate College and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Estimated Start Date: start between June and August 2017

Salary: Dependent upon education level and academic unit, up to $1,924.73/month for a 50% appointment offered for 12 months. Students must be enrolled during the semester to receive a tuition waiver.

Send a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Dr. Michael J. Dreslik at dreslik@illinois.edu or University of Illinois, 1816 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820 and to hroffice@inhs.illinois.edu. You must enter "Dreslik GRA" in the email subject line. Technical questions can be directed to Dr. Dreslik at his email.