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Natural Heritage Graduate Student Residency Program Application

Natural Heritage has one resident position still posted. Applications will be accepted through December 20, 2017.  The position is in Natural Heritage District 13, Charleston, Coles County.

The start date for new residents will be in early February 2018.

Eligible graduate students interested in applying for a Natural Heritage Graduate Student Residency position must submit an Application Packet to Carrie Rapp, Office of Resource Conservation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271 by the deadline December 20, 2017. Please note that you may apply for several positions by listing two different counties on one application in the priority order of your 1st and 2nd preference. Applications received after the deadline (including transcripts from universities) will not be considered.

An Application Packet must contain:

Your cover letter should include, clearly stated, the Resident position(s) / location(s) for which you are applying.

Grade transcripts can be official or un-official but must be generated through University processes (request forms, online, etc.).  A self-generated list of courses is not acceptable.

The State of Illinois CMS-100 Employment Application allows an applicant to apply for up to two Resident positions based on county locations.  In Section 7, type in your most preferred county location in the first box and any secondary county location you would prefer in the second box.

Be sure to provide all information requested in the CMS-100 form paying special attention to:

  • All colleges and universities attended, including dates; add extra sheets if necessary
  • A complete work history, including non-science jobs held, dates, and salaries.

Mail the completed Application Packet by December 20, 2017 (postmarked) to: Carrie Rapp, Office of Resource Conservation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield​, IL 62702-1271

Candidates will be further screened and selected for an invitation to interview by staff from the Division of Natural Heritage and Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. Those candidates selected for interviews will be called for interviews to be held at the IDNR headquarters building in Springfield, IL.

Based on the oral interview, candidates will be selected to fill the number of residencies available for that year.

Natural Heritage Graduate Student Residency