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Natural Resources Coordinator- Newton, IL

Organization: Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Position Title: Natural Resources Coordinator

Location: Newton, IL

Hours and Compensation: $40,000-$45,000

Application Deadline: November 18, 2013


Organization Overview

INHS is seeking an individual to provide professional and technical assistance in developing and implementing highly complex and comprehensive management strategies and coordinating the translocation of Greater Prairie Chickens from Kansas to Illinois. This position will be located at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Newton, Illinois.


In cooperation with the Kansas Department of Game and Fish, the Illinois Audubon Society, the University of Illinois, the Illinois Natural History Survey (a Division of the Prairie Research Institute), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and private landowners in both Illinois and Kansas. This position will develop a three year prairie-chicken translocation plan between Kansas and Illinois. The majority of time will be spent on location at Prairie Ridge State Natural Area near Effingham, IL.


Required – Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology or related field, Preferred – Master’s degree. Applicants must have experience with biological or ecological field research and management. Must have extensive knowledge of the ecology of tallgrass prairies with emphasis on grassland wildlife ecology or similar ecosystems. Experience across a variety of ecological/biological fields is preferred. Experience in natural resource management which includes bird, mammal and plant field identification and life histories, inventory and census techniques, relocation methodologies, habitat requirement and management. Experience in land management with working knowledge of agricultural practices and methods with emphasis on use, maintenance and repair of seeding, planting and tillage equipment and other specialized natural resource management equipment.

Must possess or be able to obtain a State of Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager certification and a State of Illinois Public Pesticide Applicator’s license. Must be able to work independently. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to translate scientific information to the public. Requires the ability to lift loads which may exceed sixty pounds, to traverse rough and broken terrain on foot without the mechanical assistance and negotiate a variety of natural obstacles while carrying or otherwise transporting a variety of equipment. Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to work in the field in a variety of weather conditions.

How to Apply

Applications must be received by November 18, 2013. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information regarding application information please contact Angela Young, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-244-7793, [email protected]  For technical questions, please contact: Scott Simpson, Site Manager, at 618-783-2685 or [email protected]

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