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 Urbana-Champaign, a diverse, affordable, micro-urban community. Learn more about Urbana-Champaign. 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 am drawn to the challenges and excitement of fisheries research, and in particular, I value that my work brings me into contact with people that share my passion for fish and the rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and oceans where fish live.”

Joe Parkos

Director, Kaskaskia Biological Station, Sam Parr Biological Station, & Ridge Lake Biological Station

INHS job opportunities