Category: Job announcements

Job announcement: Director/Principal Research Scientist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) 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. For 80 years, the University of Illinois has studied the state’s archaeological heritage. ISAS incorporates that knowledge in its programs to protect, preserve, and interpret these irreplaceable and non-renewable resources within the context of Illinois’ need to encourage and promote sustainable development. Learn more at

ISAS is seeking a Director/Principal Research Scientist to serve in the top leadership position providing strategic direction and overall administration for the Survey, managing the transportation archaeology program, and establishing additional research programs within ISAS. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Applications accepted through November 27, 2018.

Job announcement: Assistant Scientist, Coastal Outreach & Engagement


ISTC is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Coastal Outreach & Engagement to provide technical expertise and leadership to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program (CMP) on key areas of work including community capacity building, habitat conservation, education, and recreation/tourism. This position is based in Chicago, Illinois.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 22, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants may be interviewed before November 22, 2018; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date.

For more information or to apply, visit

Illinois State Water Survey Job Announcement: Postdoctoral Research Associate — SAVANT (Stable Atmospheric Variability and Transport)

The Climate and Atmospheric Science section pursues a program of basic and applied research, monitoring, services, and outreach to address key atmospheric issues of importance to Illinois, the Midwest, and the nation. Areas of research include climate variability and change, how hazardous weather events respond to climate variations, the impacts of weather and climate events, air quality, cloud physics, storm-scale (mesoscale) meteorology, and near-surface (boundary layer) weather.

The CAS is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the SAVANT (stable atmospheric variability and transport) project.  This position will report to Dr. Junming Wang, Atmospheric Scientist and Principal Investigator.

Primary function

Measure and analyze stable atmospheric variability and transport (SAVANT), including cold drainage and converge flow processes in shallow gullies and how the flows affect pollutant dispersion.

Major duties

Collect and analyze data from 3-D Doppler lidar (wind measurements), 3-D aerosol lidar (pollutant dispersion measurements), airborne and ground instruments (ground temperature, radiation, atmospheric thermodynamic properties, and pollutant dispersion measurements), then answer the following questions:

  1. Under what mesoscale and microscale conditions (i.e. cloud cover, threshold wind speed, surface cover, stability regime, background flow, slope ratio and length, and gully volume) do converging flows exist?
  2. What is the spatial and temporal scale of turbulence forced oscillations and/or gravity waves generated by converging flows, and do these and do these oscillations/gravity waves follow the linear theory of internal gravity waves (IGW)?
  3. How are aerosol dispersion and transport influenced by turbulence forced oscillations and/or gravity waves generated from a converging flow?



PhD in atmospheric science, engineering, computer science, or a related field.


Required: A demonstrated record of writing and/or publishing of manuscripts.

Preferred: expertise in boundary layer processes, such as cold drainage and converging flows in stable boundary layers; data analysis and instrumentation experience.


Must have a strong background in atmospheric science, as well as extensive programming skills.

Please send cover letter, CV and a list of three references to:

Dr. Junming Wang, Atmospheric Scientist
Illinois State Water Survey-Center for Atmospheric Sciences

Review of applications began October 1, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Job announcement: Applications/Process Engineer, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center/Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) are part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.   PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology.  PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.  To learn more about ISTC please visit

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is seeking an Applications/Process Engineer to organize and perform experiments in support of process development; data collection and analysis; report writing and project deliverables.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Follow all safety instructions and guidelines in accordance with PRI and University policies and maintain work spaces
  2. Organize and carry out bench scale and pilot scale experiments in accordance with directions from PIs / other senior personnel associated with project
  3. Collect, organize, and analyze data resulting from experiments related to process development, materials synthesis, water and wastewater treatment and analysis
  4. Prepare technical reports, progress reports, and final reports in accordance with sponsor guidelines
  5. Supervise, mentor, and lead undergraduate students, graduate students, and hourly employees to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, and travel approval.
  6. Review current chemical/environmental/sustainability engineering literature as relevant to assigned tasks
  7. Carry out design calculations or process simulations at a level consistent with education/experience
  8. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline
  9. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI

Position Requirements and Qualifications


Required: B.S. Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Environmental Engineering/other relevant scientific fields. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Preferred:  M.S. degree in above noted fields.


Required:  A minimum of one year relevant work experience.

Preferred: Experience in a process development environment. Experience and/or familiarity with membrane processes, membrane fabrication/synthesis/modification and wastewater treatment a plus. Supervisory and/or mentoring a plus.

Knowledge Requirements

Required: Coursework in unit operations, process design, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. Knowledge and familiarity with design of experiments and use of statistical software. Ability to work with Excel, and Matlab or equivalent. Ability to assemble and operate laboratory/pilot scale equipment. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.

Preferred: Familiarity with process simulation and modeling. Generate engineering drawings using Autocad or similar. Knowledge and use of analytical chemistry equipment such as AA, ICP-MS, GC, LC, UV and IR spectrophotometry.

The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

This is a full-time, academic professional position.

Please complete your candidate profile at  and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by September 10, 2018.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Hannah Dorsey at (217) 333-4978 or  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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

Job announcement: Visiting Environmental Assessments Specialist at Illinois State Geological Survey

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.   PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology.  PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.  To learn more about ISGS please visit

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Environmental Assessments Specialist (up to five) to perform environmental site assessments (PESAs) and evaluate potential environmental and geologic hazards and risks for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) infrastructure improvement projects. IDOT’s infrastructure projects range in size and can involve anything from a single property to hundreds of properties across many miles of existing or future highways.  IDOT uses the PESAs completed by ISGS to assess each project’s needs, plan the agency’s short-term and long-term needs, assist in land acquisition decisions, and promote awareness of natural and man-made hazards that may affect the project and its construction.  Position is based in Savoy, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  Collect, review, and evaluate geological maps, regulatory files, as well as site-specific historical and environmental data. Conduct fieldwork, which includes statewide on-site investigations as well as interviews with representatives of industry, government agencies, and landowners. Synthesize and analyze the collected data and information pertaining to potential environmental and geologic hazards and risks related to environmental site assessments. Prepare comprehensive technical reports detailing the findings of the assessments, site-specific historical information, and regulatory information. Participate in other geologic/environmental research.

Travel, including up to a work week of consecutive nights of overnight travel, and conduct field work, some of which may be under less than ideal conditions (inclement weather, remoteness, site security concerns, moderate physical exertion, heavy traffic). Work in areas of potentially unknown hazardous materials.

Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree in geology, environmental science, engineering geology, civil or environmental engineering, physical geography, or related discipline. A background in the geosciences or environmental sciences with experience performing fieldwork. Ability to interpret maps. Ability to accurately collect, analyze, and interpret data from various information sources. Ability to evaluate potential environmental hazards and risks. Ability to write comprehensive technical reports. Ability to prioritize, organize, and handle heavy workloads with multiple deadlines. Ability to use sound judgment in decision-making. Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships. Ability and willingness to effectively contribute and lead as part of a team. Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software. Ability to work independently with off-site supervision. Valid driver’s license. Adhere to the IDOT property assessment program health and safety plan, which includes having or acquiring 40-hour OSHA hazardous waste site worker training, followed by 8-hour annual refresher training, and undergoing annual physical examinations as part of the medical monitoring program for hazardous waste site workers.

This is a visiting, full-time, contract-funded, academic professional appointment subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need.  Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by August 3, 2018.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date.  To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Amber Hall, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at 217-300-4080. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Job announcement: Archival Technician (Hourly Assistant) — Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute

Position based at IDNR office in Springfield, IL

The Illinois Natural History Survey, a unit of the Prairie Research Institute, is seeking an individual to conduct informational queries through extensive document collections associated with 350+ Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) properties, as part of the Owned, Managed and Leased Properties project.  The successful candidate will identify documents of significant value and subsequently provide for their digital archival.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  Coordinate retrieval of documents (deeds, owner’s policies, documents listed Schedule B of owner’s policy, official plats of survey, parcel plats, conservation easements, leases, nature preserve and land and water reserve dedications, etc.) from IDNR files, the Illinois State Archive’s, and/or various county recorder’s offices.  Using knowledge gained in an appropriate educational discipline, conduct critical informational queries through these extensive document collections of various forms. Evaluate, identify, and interpret all documents to determine archival significance. Provide for the scanning of identified significant documents into digital files using standards and methodology developed for the project (object character recognition, redaction, naming conventions for files and folders, etc.). Provide quality control through a critical review of all scanned files. Archive scanned files on servers; log and track the status of all scanned documents.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in history, library and information science, environmental science or other related discipline; experience with archival process of documents; experience with Microsoft Office products; must have a valid driver’s license; must be willing to travel throughout the state, with occasional overnight trips, to gather necessary information from various county recorders’ offices; ability to lift up to 40 pounds; must be proficient in English in both written and oral forms; excellent communication skills; highly organized with attention to detail; ability to work independently with minimal supervisor.  Preferred Qualifications: Experience reading and interpreting legal descriptions and plat maps to identify location of parcels as well as experience using Adobe Acrobat Professional and ArcGIS software; familiarity with various document scanning methods for all types of documents and sizes.

Salary: $15.00/hr; 20-30 hours per week with the opportunity to work up to 40 hours per week after 3-4 month training period.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 1, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until position is filled.  Please submit via e-mail 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the contact information of three academic or professional references to Chad Hickman at


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is hiring an outreach program leader

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is hiring a new outreach program leader to help connect outreach specialists, scientists, and communities, with the goal of improving ecological, economic, and societal resilience in the two-state region.

IISG supports over 30 outreach specialists, communicators, educators, and administrators conducting environmental and natural resources outreach on a number of critical issues at local, regional, and national scales. The outreach program leader will be responsible for the coordination, development, expansion, and delivery of science-based programs that empower communities and people to make informed natural resource decisions.

This is a full-time academic position at the University of Illinois that will either be housed on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana or in Chicago.

For more information about specific responsibilities, qualifications and the application process, visit the posting on the University of Illinois jobs board.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship

Are you a college seniors or grad students in chemistry, chem. engineering, material science or related fields who might be interested in applying for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship in the Twin Cities this summer?

If so, consider applying for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  The participating company is remooble, a new Minnesota company which develops, produces and sells chemical adhesive, paint, and ink removers. The successful intern applicant will help design and test remooble products which will replace those now on the market which contain such toxic ingredients as methylene chloride, n-methylpyrrolidone, methanol, and d-Limonene.

For more information and to apply, visit Intern applications are due by April 30, 2018, or until the position is filled.

Illinois Indiana Sea Grant is seeking motivated students for 2018 summer internships

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announces the following positions for the 2018 Summer Student Internship Program. Successful applicants will spend 12 weeks working closely with a Sea Grant specialist on issues affecting the Great Lakes. Internships can include research, communications, and outreach components. Applicants may also have the opportunity to participate in activities outside of their specific internship duties.  These are paid internship opportunities. For more information visit Application packets are due by March 26.

Internships, open to undergraduates, are available in the following areas:

  • Aquaculture Product Development
  • Great Lakes Revitalization
  • Lake Michigan Fisheries Genomics
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Sustainable Communities

All inquiries should be directed to Angela Archer, IISG fellowship program leader,, Purdue University, 765-496-3722.

Job announcement: Executive Director, The Land Connection


Organization: The Land Connection
Location: Champaign, Illinois

Reports To: The Land Connection’s Board of Directors

Employment Status: Salaried Exempt.  Salary Range Begins at $60,000 and is commensurate with experience, includes healthcare benefits, vacation/sick days, and possibility of bonuses

Download the job description

About TLC: Personal health depends largely on food choices we make, and of whose hands we trust for our food. In the hands of farmers, we leave the care of our food supply. It is also in the hands of farmers to nourish and protect the resources of the land for future generations. TLC is a 501(c)3 organization working to grow the local food economy, both on and off the farm, for a healthy, resilient future. Here at TLC, we support and guide sustainable, entrepreneurial farming practices, and work to expand community access to the nourishing and flavorful food produced by the hands of local farmers.

Position Overview:  As Executive Director, you will be responsible for all aspects of managing our organization, including the office and employees, programming, and finances. You will raise revenue through grant writing and cultivating relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals. Working closely with staff, you will develop, manage, and evaluate our programming: farmer training, farmer’s market, food access programming, and other education and outreach programs.  You will also develop and maintain the organizational budget, and track income and expenses.  You will partner with other staff members in developing and achieving our overall goals and strategic plan.

Primary Areas of Responsibility:

  • Grant Writing and Management (35-40% effort)
    • Research and write grants to support all TLC programming
    • Develop grant budgets based on work required
    • Gain access to new funding streams through collaborative grants with other NGO’s
    • Manage implementation of the statement of work in grants received
    • Maintain the grant files, grant tracking, and required grant reports
    • Ensure compliance with grant reporting deadlines
  • Community/Donor/Fundraising Development and Management (20% effort)
    • Build name recognition and support for TLC and our programs
    • Interface with farmers, market patrons, donors, and the media
    • Grow our donor base and fundraising capabilities by networking with local and regional foundations, organizations, and individuals
    • Establish and maintain relationships with partners/allied organizations and individuals
    • Ensure that our website is well-maintained, and updated regularly with fresh content
  • Fundraising Campaign Development (15-20% effort)
    • Diversify our income streams to reduce dependence on grant funds
    • Oversee, plan, direct, implement, and execute annual fundraising efforts such as events, direct mail, and electronic campaigns
  • Financial Analysis and Management (15% effort)
    • Create and manage organizational budget
    • Perform or assign all general accounting activities of income and expenses in accordance with standard practices, and within the guidelines of our fiscal policies
    • Oversee the annual audit process
    • Prepare monthly financial reports, ensuring the accuracy of all financial transactions
    • Manage all financial activity related to programming to ensure budget goals are met
  • Personnel and Program Management (10% effort):
    • Actively supervise and inspire staff to ensure smooth and efficient operation
    • Build and maintain a supportive environment conducive to high morale and strong productivity, to maximize staff retention
    • Work with staff to develop incentives to increase overall job satisfaction
    • Increase our capacity through staff development
    • Lead staff to develop farmer training, farmers’ market, and education and outreach programs.
    • Hire and manage staff as needed and as funds allow
    • Manage the hiring and administration of all outside contractors, ensuring all projects are completed as specified; record all payouts to contractors for timely 1099 production
    • Manage payroll and timesheet activities
    • Manage day-to-day operations
  • Strategic Planning (2.5% effort)
    • Collaborate with the board with input from staff to develop long-term strategic goals
    • Fulfill our vision, mission, and strategic goals
    • Work closely with Program Managers and Outreach/Marketing Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate a communications plan
  • Board Communication (2.5% effort)
    • Attend board meetings
    • Provide the board with monthly reports of finances, organizational activities, potential problems, and notable achievements
    • Maintain close communication with the Board of Directors between meetings
    • Assist board committees on tasks relating to programming and other relevant areas

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated successful grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated ability to network with new and existing donors and project collaborators
  • Professional experience in fundraising and donor stewardship
  • Experience leading a staff or team of at least 3 individuals
  • Experience with non-profit organizations
  • Experience working with diversified funding streams (grants, foundations, donations, sponsorships, etc.)
  • Experience with local food systems, including local agriculture, farming, and farmers’ markets
  • Deep understanding of issues facing small farmers
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Motivated self-starter with a proven ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, inter-personal communication, and presentation
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, and a working knowledge of database and financial software
  • Experience developing and maintaining electronic file structures
  • Proficient at online research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience overseeing/managing a non-profit organization (or similar)
  • Ability to partner with staff to achieve results within tight deadlines
  • Existing relationships with central-Illinois farmers and local food organizations
  • Existing relationships with local businesses and leaders
  • Familiarity with Salesforce

Application Information

  • Please email your resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to
  • Please use the following subject line: Executive Director Application
  • Applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 11, 2018 (Interviews may occur prior to the deadline.  We will be reviewing applications as they are received).

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