Aquatic Ecologist

Posting Number: 20110431
Job Title: Aquatic Ecologist
Grade: RS-Scientist
Classification: Management Staff
FLSA: Exempt
Rate of Pay: $88,001.00/Commensurate with experience
Type of Position: Full-Time
Organizational Unit: NGRREC
Position Reports To: Executive Director

Purpose of Position:

Develop a comprehensive research program focused on some aspects of the ecology of large rivers, with a particular focus in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Work with partners and affiliates of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in the development of research and allied education programs. Serve as an NGRREC lead in the development of research proposals related to the ecology of large rivers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:    

The following are duties that are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned. The successful candidate will have experience in conducting basic and applied research, for example on topics such as population or community ecology, or the impacts on river ecosystems of: urban, agricultural, and industrial activity; pollutants (e.g., pharmaceuticals, microplastics, heavy metals); climate change; or other human-based drivers. The successful candidate will regularly publish research results in peer-reviewed internationally recognized scientific journals; develop grant proposals and attract research funding; and be willing to work with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Upper Mississippi River Basin and elsewhere. The ability to articulate professional opinions in writing and in person is expected, including to granting and management agencies, the broader scientific community, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications:    

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


To be considered, candidates must have a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology or a related field/s, with preference given to those with research experience in large river systems. Preferred candidates will be mid-career with a scholarship record equivalent to that of an associate professor. All candidates should have strong quantitative skills, evidence of an ability to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines, and a demonstrated ability to develop a fundable research program that is relevant to NGRREC’s mission. To be considered, mid-career candidates will have a vigorous record of publication, a diverse collaborative network, evidence of outreach, and sustained success in attracting external funding. Early-career candidates should be able to demonstrate high potential in these activities. Evidence of an ability to engage stakeholders and teach field courses is highly desired.

Preferred Qualifications:  

This position is a 12-month full-time position, reflecting a 100% research appointment with a small outreach and teaching responsibility. The position is based at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station (CCFS) in Alton, Illinois. The CCFS is situated in an area rich with local, state, federal, and private water resources and infrastructure, and represents a unique living laboratory for the study of rivers, their floodplains, and the management of these unique ecosystems. For example, directly across the Mississippi River from the CCFS is the 3,700-acre Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which contains a 1,200 acre wetland/prairie restoration project, and immediately downriver lies Maple Island, a 400-acre natural area licensed to NGRREC for ecological research. Program managers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. EPA are collaborating closely with NGRREC scientists in applied research efforts that better inform water resource management efforts. Additional information on NGRREC is found on

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30
Open Date: 01/04/2019
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

Valid Driver’s License; Boat safety training upon hiring.

Applicants are required to upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement (2-page max), Teaching Statement (1-page max), the names and contact information of three professional references, and up to five representative publications in the Required Documents section in order to receive full consideration. References will be contacted for letters of support for suitable candidates, either before or after candidate interviews. Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2019 and the position will remain open until a successful candidate is found. The earliest anticipated start date is 06/01/2019 but is flexible. For additional information, please contact search committee chairs, Dr. Anthony Dell,

EEO Statement:

Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.

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