Interesting Work, Relaxed Environment (sometimes), Nice People, but Poorly Managed.
Research Technician (Fisheries, Aquaculture) (Former Employee) – Carbondale, IL – February 1, 2018
I worked for The Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences as a student worker, then as a research technician post graduation. The work itself was fascinating and very fulfilling. The other technicians/researchers, graduate students, and student workers were great to work with.
The work I performed was hard. I spent many long days working on the river sampling fish and retrieving/deploying equipment. Yet despite going home or to a hotel room tired, sore, filthy, and stinking of fish, I felt good about what I was doing and I really enjoyed the job.
The biggest problems I saw were with the management. It was very unorganized and with funding being reliant on grants, it was often difficult to accomplish tasks in a timely manner. Also, tasks were usually performed with equipment that was in need of repair. Still, we were always able to make due with what we were provided and most of the people I worked with were more than competent and good at problem solving.
There were no benefits that came with the position and I was paid monthly, however I was paid well. I spent many days away from home, on the road and in a boat. We worked outside throughout the year, and were usually provided appropriate attire for the varying weather conditions.
Overall it was a great place to work, but I wouldn't recommend the work I did to anyone who doesn't appreciate getting dirty and breaking a sweat on the job.
Interesting work, generally nice people, fairly relaxed environment.
Unorganized, loosely managed, reliant on grant money.