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Fishery Internships with Forest Preserves of Cook County–Apply NOW!

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The Forest Preserves in partnership with Audubon Chicago Region is seeking applicants to fill two fishery internship opportunities.  The pay is $12 per hour, 22 hours per week (3 days per week), 12 week internship.  Must have own transportation to the Field Station (located in Orland Park, IL).

These are great opportunities for those seeking a career in fisheries or related fields.  We will be filling one position in early March to help with our walleye propagation program. The other position will be offered this summer to accommodate college schedules.

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We will be conducting interviews and filing the early position very soon, so applicants are encourage to apply as soon as possible. 

Position Summary:

The intern will work alongside the Fisheries Biologists of the Forest Preserves of Cook County for a 12-week paid career immersion internship experience. The position is for 22.5 hours per week and starts mid March. Work will be coordinated with the Program Associate, Stewardship.

Candidates must be hard-working and open-minded, with a passion for the conservational aspects of not only fisheries biology and general biology, but the recreational aspects of fishing as well.

Essential Functions:

This position provides the candidate with day-to-day, hands-on experience with the professional staff of the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s Fisheries Section. Tasks include the everyday management of over 40 lakes owned by the FPCC, as well as other water bodies. Duties include but not limited to:

  • Maintain records and inventories of all District lakes, ponds, and streams in relation to fish populations, plant communities, and pollution levels.
  • Perform typical water chemical analysis activities, i.e., calibrations and measurements to determine the water condition and its effects on the fish populations.
  • Document and maintain a statistical log for various testing criterion.
  • Help prepare nature displays for presentation to the public.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Basic knowledge of current conservation practices as it applies to fish and aquatic vegetation.
  • Ability to handle both live and dead fish specimens, as well as other types of wildlife.
  • Ability to handle fish sampling equipment, including, but not limited to, dip nets, gill nets, trap nets, etc.
  • Ability to speak at public presentations and with members of the general public.
  • Assist with the maintenance of Fisheries section equipment, facilities, and grounds.
  • May perform any and all duties of the Fisheries Technician as required, or other duties assigned.
  • Educational background, including, but not limited to, General Biology or Science related course work.
  • Must be comfortable handling and using gill nets, dip nets, trap nets, and other fish sampling equipment.
  • Must possess a current and valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to work outdoors and in inclement weather.
  • This position occasionally requires exposure to a hazardous work environment and the physical ability to perform various. types of physical exertion, including, but not limited to, lifting, pulling, pushing, and moving moderate to heavy weight.

Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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