One Health Research Coordinator, Urban Wildlife Institute

Chicago, IL
Full Time




Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year.


As urbanization expands around the world, understanding how the changing landscape affects the health of wildlife, humans, and the environment (One Health) will provide scientists and land managers with the tools they need to support urban biodiversity, public health, and human-wildlife coexistence. Our goal is to create a comprehensive understanding of urban ecosystems by understanding complex relationships between humans, wildlife, and urbanization in Chicago and beyond.  This full-time position will support a variety of field-based projects as part of the One Health for All Program within the Urban Wildlife Institute. Projects include an extensive urban survey of mammals using motion-triggered cameras, conducting tick sampling at long-term monitoring sites, assessing habitat for urban rats, and the development of new projects related to this initiative. Responsibilities will include independent field work in the greater Chicago area, as well as data management and public engagement with One Health projects. Driving to and from study locations in the city and suburban areas is required, and a vehicle will be provided.   




  • Conduct field work to support existing and new One Health and Urban Wildlife Institute research projects in conjunction with all partners;
  • Work independently and as part of a team, in the field and at the zoo
  • Manage research interns and volunteers when appropriate
  • Maintain databases and perform data entry




  • Domestic travel for conferences
  • Attend Lincoln Park Zoo and/or Urban Wildlife Institute-related activities as necessary
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Wildlife Disease Ecologist and UWI Director




  • Previous experience conducting ecological research in the field
  • Experience with camera trapping or tick dragging preferred
  • Demonstrate an interest in urban wildlife ecology and/or One Health topics  
  • Familiarity with experimental design and statistical analysis preferred
  • Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work outdoors for long periods in a variety of weather conditions
  • Willingness to drive to and from field sites around the greater Chicago area (up to 50 miles from the zoo)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Possess knowledge of Illinois fauna and flora
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
  • Friendly and collaborative workstyle a plus
  • Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.

Applications will be under review starting January 1, 2023

DURATION: January 2023 - ongoing

Salary: Mid 40's




  • B.S. in biology, ecology, or field related to One Health (public health, wildlife disease, environmental health)



Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All.


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