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  • Visiting Water Resources Specialist

  • Restoration Ecologist

    The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The UIUC is a large campus with many opportunities and programs.  The twin cities offer a variety of features including theaters, museums, restaurants, concert venues, parks, and recreation facilities.  The expanding industrial and business commerce throughout the area is an exciting proposition for Urbana-Champaign, yet we still are able to preserve a small-town feel.  Even with this growth, the area maintains a sense of community with smaller, established neighborhoods dominating the interior of both towns, while larger suburban housing is available on the outskirts. There are also delightful small towns within 20 miles of campus. The commute to work is not an issue in Urbana-Champaign! Most employees live within a 20 miles radius, and are able to make the trek within 20 minutes. We also have a world-class transit system that is free to employees. Our area also has the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons, with average winters and summers in comparison to other US locales. The local public schools within C-U and surrounding areas offer a wide range of gifted programs, and there are several private schools within the area.

  • Botanist

    The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois—the state's biological memory. With a staff of over 200 scientists and technicians, INHS is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. INHS is seeking to hire a Botanist in the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP) to conduct research activities essential to scientific programs by providing support in the development of research plans and execution of research including collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois. Applications must be received by July 11, 2017. For additional information and to apply please visit For additional information regarding CTAP please visit   The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit