Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant NOW HIRING with crayfish in background

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is looking to hire an aquatic invasive species (AIS) specialist to conduct research and, especially, engage in outreach regarding AIS pathways. The successful candidate will serve as a full time, 12-month academic professional who works with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois Natural History Survey—part of the Prairie Research Institute at University of Illinois—and will work from an office at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research into pathways of AIS introductions in the southern Lake Michigan region, particularly related to Organisms in Trade and recreational water users.
  •  Design and implement surveys to collect data on stakeholder knowledge and behaviors regarding AIS prevention.
  • Gather, compile, and analyze survey data for reporting and research projects.
  • Present research findings at local, regional, and international meetings.
  • Develop and conduct outreach activities and events to benefit the mission and visibility of the Survey, PRI, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and University of Illinois.
  • Design outreach materials for the AIS program and disseminate them to various stakeholder groups.
  • Implement and manage social media and other educational marketing campaigns for the AIS program.

A bachelor’s degree is required and experience engaging in outreach and presenting at conferences, to the public, or at professional settings is preferred.


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity, and diversity. They are committed to fostering an inclusive environment and welcome applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds and identities. University of Illinois participates in the federal e-Verify program and participates in a background check program focused on prior criminal or sexual misconduct history.

We strongly encourage women, minorities, and people from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. For more on Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s commitment to inclusion, please see our program’s values statement.


To learn more about the position’s responsibilities and qualifications, visit the job posting on the University of Illinois job board. Applications are due by June 13, 2023.

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