The Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, is looking for an individual to conduct outreach on OIT (Organisms in Trade) issues including developing publications, staffing booths at trade shows, developing an OIT branding, giving presentations to hobbyist groups, working with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant communications personnel on media messaging, and working with Chicago Botanic Garden personnel on signage and training workshops.

The OIT outreach programming will include but is not limited to 1) working with outside partners/contractors to conduct an OIT needs assessment, develop a logo for OIT outreach, and develop a cell-phone OIT application; 2) assisting Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) staff with the installation of and outreach regarding the CBG AIS-free water garden, 3) developing two OIT publications, 4) assisting the University of Illinois extension staff with media messaging, 5) staffing booths at relevant shows and 6) giving presentations to relevant audiences.

Qualifications & Requirements: MS by date of hire in environmental biology, ecology, zoology, or related field with coursework and/or experience in aquatic systems. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills to work and communicate well with diverse groups. Ability to prepare and conduct presentations and workshops on AIS. Strong written and electronic communication skills. Ability to work independently and complete projects in a timely manner. Willingness to occasionally work irregular hours and to travel overnight. Preferred: Familiarity with AIS. Field experience. Experience in presenting scientific information to non-scientific audiences.

Salary: $20,000 – $22,000 (half time) per year commensurate with experience and education. This is a regular, academic professional, 50% time, grant-supported, 12-month position. The estimated starting date is June 1, 2012 (negotiable).

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance; cost prorated to percentage of employment.

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Applications must be received by May 11, 2012. 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 or resume, 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 please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897, For technical questions, please contact: Pat Charlebois, Search Committee Member,

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