The Illinois Natural History Survey is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 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 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 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 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. 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. Please visit the links below to learn more about the hiring units, the University of Illinois, and surrounding areas. 


Illinois Natural History Survey: http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/

Prairie Research Institute: http://www.inrs.illinois.edu/

The University of Illinois:  http://illinois.edu/

University of Illinois Laboratory High School: http://www.uni.illinois.edu/

The High School of St. Thomas More: http://www.hs-stm.org/

Judah Christian School: http://www.judah.org/

Montessori Schools of Champaign-Urbana: http://www.montessorischoolofcu.org/

Chesterbrook Academy: http://uiuc.chesterbrookacademy.com/

Champaign Unit 4 Schools: http://www.champaignschools.org/

Urbana School District 116: http://www.usd116.org/

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts: http://www.krannertcenter.com/

Allerton Park & Retreat Center:  http://allerton.illinois.edu/

Ebertfest:  http://www.ebertfest.com/

Nearby Mahomet, IL: http://www.ccfpd.org/Preserves/LakeoftheWoods.html

Visit Champaign County:  http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/

Central Illinois: https://www.enjoyillinois.com/region/landoflincoln


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The Insect Collection Manager will aid several curators in the maintenance and growth of the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Insect Collection, one of the largest and oldest insect collections in North America. The successful applicant will work closely with INHS programmers to update and maintain associated collection databases and Web interfaces.  Specific duties include but are not limited to the following: maintain the collection’s active specimen loan program; conduct routine curatorial maintenance; supervise hourly curatorial assistants; provide insect identifications and respond to insect-related inquiries from the general public; conduct tours and participate in other outreach activities; work with curators to obtain external funding for collection improvement; strengthen collection holdings through field work and collaboration.  The collection manager is also encouraged to collaborate on collection-based research with other scientists at INHS and academic units of the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Bachelor's degree and graduate-level coursework in general entomology and insect taxonomy, morphology and/or identification. Preferred: Master's degree in Entomology. At least 2 years of prior curatorial experience. Experience sampling insects in the field and conducting public outreach focusing on insects. Training in modern curatorial methods, biodiversity database management and georeferencing is highly preferred. A thorough knowledge of insect taxonomy (including, specimen-preparation, identification, the Code of Zoological Nomenclature, and curatorial methods) is required. The successful applicant must demonstrate the ability to manage a large research-oriented insect collection; have a working knowledge of, and experience working with relational databases; strong time-management skills; excellent interpersonal skills and a strong commitment to outreach.


SALARY: $43,000 to $47,500 per year commensurate with experience.  This is a regular, academic professional, full-time grant supported 12-month positions.  The estimated starting date is as soon as possible. 


BENEFITS: Generous vacation and sick leave.  State Universities Retirement System.  Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.


TO APPLY: Applications must be received by February 23, 2017. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications noted above; curriculum vitae; 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, [log in to unmask].  For technical questions, please contact: Dr. Chris Dietrich at [log in to unmask].


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran,  status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).