Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $50,000 + Benefits
Deadline: Jun 04, 2023

The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking an Aquatic Invasive Species Senior Specialist to develop and conduct basic and applied research with an emphasis on the scientific outreach for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). This position will be based out of the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead scientific field research for the Invasive Crayfish Collaborative and ensure completion of grant deliverables.
  • Contribute to efforts in obtaining external resources to support research and outreach projects and programs (e.g., providing data summaries, costs of materials).
  • Compile reports and effectively manage project funds.
  • Contribute research findings to reports for funding agencies.
  • Present research findings at local, regional, national, and international meetings.
  • Plan and facilitate meetings and workshops focused on AIS research and outreach.
  • Develop AIS outreach materials and participate in outreach events.
  • Provide outreach and service to the public, the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other professional organizations.
  • Participate in outreach activities to benefit the mission and visibility of the Survey, Prairie Research Institute, and University of Illinois.
  • Represent the Survey, PRI, and University of Illinois on committees.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other groups.
  • Keep abreast of developments in AIS research and outreach.
  • Perform other duties as needed to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the University of Illinois.

Additional Physical Demands
The work of this position primarily takes place in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves sitting for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions for data entry. Frequent travel to local and regional events is likely. Events may occur outside of normal working hours (e.g., evenings, weekends) and involve extended periods of standing and sometimes outdoor and inclement conditions.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in biology, aquatic ecology, zoology, or closely related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years of experience conducting basic and applied research. Valid Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in biology, aquatic ecology, zoology, or closely related field. Outreach experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Effective communication, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to follow and develop deadlines, follow through in a timely and efficient manner, and contribute to overall project deliverables, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment. Proficiency in commonly employed software (e.g., Microsoft Office).

Appointment Information
This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continuation of funding. The start date is negotiable, and the starting salary is $50,000.  

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by June 4, 2023. Apply for this position at by selecting Apply Now at the top or bottom of the posting. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. Application materials must include a 1) cover letter that clearly outlines your qualifications and experience as it relates to this position, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Katherine O’Reilly at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.