Prairie Research Institute

Illinois Natural History Survey


Join the Illinois Natural History Survey

The more than 200 scientists and staff at the Illinois Natural History Survey investigate the diversity, life histories, and ecology of the plants and animals of the state, providing data and insights that support management of the state’s natural resources and foster understanding and appreciation of our natural heritage.

When you join INHS you become part of this community of talented, passionate scientists who commit their time and energy to doing meaningful work that positively impacts the natural world. Get to know the people of INHS!

While INHS is active across the state of Illinois, many of our staff are based in Champaign-Urbana, a diverse, affordable, micro-urban community. Learn more about Champaign-Urbana. INHS also maintains field stations in Alton, Charleston, Havana, Kinmundy, Sullivan, and Zion.

A diverse staff and inclusive working environment are essential for INHS to fulfill its mission. INHS and its parent organization, the Prairie Research Institute, are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse, skilled, and dedicated staff. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit

Applying to INHS

Each job posting provides application instructions—the application process differs depending on whether the role is full-time or part-time, academic professional or civil service.

The University of Illinois human resources website provides more information about applying to and working at the University of Illinois, including available benefits.

If you have questions about any INHS open positions or the application process, contact

“I love gathering information and sharing it with people. One of the best things about my job is that it’s always changing. New pests are always around the corner, so there is always something new to learn. I also get to work with lots of different stakeholders, state and federal partners, researchers, and the public. I meet someone new all of the time.”

Kelly Estes

Agricultural Pest Survey coordinator

INHS job opportunities