Restoration Specialist and Land Manager

Adaptive Restoration

The Restoration Specialist and Land Manager develops, manages and implements science-based restoration practices on lands owned or managed our clients. They conduct field work independently or under the supervision of the Restoration Crew Leader or Restoration Ecologist. They interact directly with our clients and stakeholders to propose, plan and implement land management and restoration activities. This position involves working outdoors in southern Wisconsin’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands.

The location is based in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin; work sites typically within 100 miles of our HQ.

The work schedule averages 40 hours/week; more hours March-July, fewer hours December-February.

Compensation is salaried, at least $40,000 annually.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage restoration projects, from proposal through implementation and maintenance phases.
  • Implement science-based land management, forestry, and restoration practices, including herbicide application, brush cutting, mowing, seeding, weed cutting/pulling, and tree felling.
  • Serve as crew member on prescribed burns.
  • Track and document use of job-related materials, including herbicides, native plant seeds, and fuel; track and document job-related expenses and hours worked.
  • Maintain land management equipment, including chainsaws, small engines, tractors, implements, trailers, fire suppression equipment, and off-road vehicles.
  • Develop written materials, maps, plans and publications related to forestry, ecological restoration and land management, for internal and external use.
  • Present budgets, progress reports, management plans and proposals at public or client meetings.
  • Assess and monitor prairies, savannas, wetlands, forests and other natural areas.
  • Assist with office and headquarters operations as needed.
  • Supervise seasonal and/or intern crew members and volunteers.

Preferred Education and Experience

Bachelors or graduate degree or equivalent experience in an ecological or natural resource field of study, such as Agronomy, Botany, Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Wildlife Ecology, or Soil Science. At least two years of field experience planning and implementing ecological restoration and land management practices. Experience assisting with or conducting prescribed burns in prairies, wetlands, or woodlands. Experience identifying native and non-native plants of southern Wisconsin.

Preferred Training and Licenses

The applicant must have the following training and licenses, or have the ability to obtain them within 30 days of hire:

  • NWCG S130/S190 prescribed fire training
  • Valid Wisconsin Drivers License
  • Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator License (Forestry, Aquatic, or Right-of-Way category)
  • USFS, OSHA, SAWW, or FISTA chainsaw safety training
  • First Aid/CPR training (Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid preferred)


  • Training and safety equipment allowance
  • Paid time off
  • 6 weeks annual paid maternity/paternity/emergency medical leave, upon completion of probationary period
  • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with matching employer contributions
  • Group individual health, dental/vision, disability, and life insurance benefits (50% employer match)

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of best management practices for forestry and ecological restoration.
  • Knowledge of safe and effective use of herbicides and prescribed fire for ecological restoration purposes.
  • Knowledge of wildlife, plant, or water monitoring techniques.
  • Skill in planning and implementing prescribed burns in prairies, savannas and forest.
  • Skill in safe and effective tree felling and brush clearing using gas-powered chain saws and brush saws.
  • Skill in effectively and efficiently maintaining power and hand tools.
  • Skill in planning and presenting to audiences with a variety of background and interest in ecological restoration
  • Skill in communicating professionally with landowners and co-workers.
  • Ability to obtain a Wisconsin commercial pesticide applicator license within 30 days of hire.
  • Ability to lift and carry large objects such as logs, tree branches, and water containers weighing up to 70 pounds.
  • Ability to safely operate a 4-wheel drive motor vehicle, including but not limited to pickup truck, ATV, or tractor.
  • Ability to work outdoors in steep, rugged terrain in adverse environmental conditions, including snow, rain, and temperatures ranging from -10ºF – 95ºF.
  • Ability to assist with or lead prescribed burns.
  • Ability to work under minimal or no supervision.
  • Ability to use gas-powered tools such as pumps, chainsaws, brush cutters, and mowers.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain necessary licenses, permits and certifications for completing work-related tasks.
  • Ability to quickly and accurately identify local native and non-native plants.
  • Ability to meet our crew on site or at our shop, on time.

Duties and responsibilities are designed to be the essential elements of the job. They do not preclude the performance of related, or even unrelated, jobs which may be necessary to properly and efficiently complete all work assignments. Adaptive Restoration reserves the right to amend job specifications to meet current needs.

For more information, or to apply, contact:
Adaptive Restoration LLC
8864 Offerdahl Rd
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
(608) 554-0411

About Adaptive Restoration

Adaptive Restoration LLC was formally organized in 2006. We provide high-quality science-based ecological consulting, restoration and land stewardship services. We are a small, growing, family-owned business providing a high level of ecological expertise and customer service to our clients. Our staff has decades of combined experience in land management, and we enjoy working and playing outdoors. We work in a variety of urban, suburban and rural landscapes in southern Wisconsin. For more information, please visit

Adaptive Restoration LLC is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request.

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