Waterfowl Ecologist/Field Station Director

Illinois Natural History Survey
Havana, Illinois (US)
$73,000 to $78,000
April 16 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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