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  1. Waterfowl Ecologist/Field Station Director Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) is seeking an Assistant Research Scientist, 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. The successful research scientist will provide leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific research and service programs undertaken and provided by the FBS. The successful candidate must conduct a research program on waterfowl ecology, but other study areas such as wading bird/shorebird and wetland ecology, large river habitats, habitat restoration, and conservation and management within a regional agricultural ecosystem are welcome. The position requires a Ph.D. in waterfowl, wetland ecology, or other relevant scientific discipline; strong leadership and administrative skills, and some background in budget preparation and maintenance; skills and training in waterfowl and wetland ecology; and a broad perspective on existing and future directions of waterfowl research. 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. Applications must be received by May 18, 2018. For additional information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board or contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at lwalston@illinois.edu. For technical inquiries, please contact search chair Dr. Craig Miller at craigm@illinois.edu or Aaron Yetter at ayetter@illinois.edu or 217-333-3825. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.
  2. Field Technician, Ecology and Habitat Use of Wild Turkeys University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, central & western Illinois A position for 1 technician to assist with research on the behavior and habitat use of wild turkeys in Illinois has become available and needs to be filled as soon as possible. Primary responsibilities will be tracking radio-tagged wild turkeys and remotely downloading data from their transmitters. Additional responsibilities will change throughout the season and include, but are not limited to: evaluating data for incubation activity, assessing nest fate, conducting vegetation surveys, nocturnal bird surveys, surveying acorn abundance, deploying CO2-baited traps for black flies, conducting camera trapping surveys for mesocarnivores, data entry, and contacting private landowners to obtain access for research activities. The research is being conducted in close collaboration with scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and scientists and land managers at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Army Corp of Engineers. All candidates must have completed a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources, Zoology, or a related field. An interest in wildlife ecology and conservation, the ability to work independently and as a team member, and the capability to conduct field work under adverse conditions, are necessary. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a background check. The details for the position are as follows: Technicians - Preferred applications will have some previous experience in tracking and handling wildlife, and will be proficient with computer programs (GIS, Google products, Office products). Candidate will be expected to begin work as soon as possible, and the position will tentatively end July 31st, 2018, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. Salary Ranges - Techs $12 - $14 per hour depending on experience. Housing and field vehicles provided. Details of housing will be provided at a later date. To apply: Submit by May 15, 2018 a single PDF (Save as: your last name_first name.pdf) that includes: 1) a letter detailing your interest, qualifications for the position, and availability for the position of interest, 2) curriculum vitae 3) names and contact information for three references (direct supervisors ONLY) to Morgan Meador at mwomack@illinois.edu. Applications will be evaluated in the order received, and the position will be filled immediately once a suitable candidate is found. Applicants will be notified after position has been filled.