Research Assistant – Franklin’s Ground Squirrel in Illinois

I am looking for one research assistant with a strong work ethic to join my team for the Franklin’s ground squirrel project in Illinois.  The research assistant should be effective and skillful in field data collection (including trapping and handling of squirrels) and DNA extraction in the lab.  Research assistant knows how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and is required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Duties and responsibilities include: 
Trapping – Conduct live-trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels at multiple sites over the field season.
Tagging – Implant a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification.
Daily Reports – Submit daily reports on the trapping and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels. 
Maintenance – Assist with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gear and equipment for trapping and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels.
DNA Extraction – Conduct DNA extraction after the field season ends.
Training Materials and Program – Assist with production of training materials and program for aiding in the Franklin’s ground squirrel research and conservation.
Successful candidate must have a B.S. degree (M.S. degree preferred) in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field.  Experiences in working with small mammals in the field are preferred.  Experience and familiarity with successful DNA extraction is a must.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is also desirable.  Willingness to travel and flexibility with work schedule are required.  Successful candidate must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail.  Candidate must have a commitment to field/lab personnel and equipment safety.  Individual must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.
Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.
Starting date: May 14, 2018.
Anticipated ending date: October 31, 2018 or beyond pending the project needs.
Salary: $500-$600 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences).
To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at
1.  Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications;
2.  Resume, including contact information for three references; and
3.  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).
Tih-Fen Ting
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 206-7876