Deputy Director of Resource Management

Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is a governmental agency responsible for the management of 70,000 acres of diverse natural areas and public open spaces within the Chicago metropolitan area.

We are seeking a Deputy Director to assist with leading the Department of Resource Management in all aspects of its operations, staff and personnel. The department consists of approximately 60 fulltime employees who are responsible for the preservation, restoration, and protection of natural areas within one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the United States. The selected Deputy Director will have broad experience in largescale natural areas management and conservation, as well as the ability to supervise a work force of skilled professionals of varying technical disciplines.

Candidates will draw on expertise in forestry, restoration, and ecology to guide land management activities while giving due consideration to the region’s natural and cultural heritage, native plant communities, and wildlife. The Deputy Director position will require the ability to effectively oversee the planning and implementation of multi-phase projects and grant partnerships, while fostering positive relationships with staff, volunteers, contractors, the public, partners, and other government agencies. Candidates should demonstrate comprehension of the unique challenges and pressures associated with working within a densely populated urban-wildland interface.

This position provides senior managerial support for a department consisting of the following sections: Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology, Resource Field Operations, Project Management, and Conservation Corps workforce training programs.

To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as the size of the previous program or department you have managed or administered.

Resumes will be screened and candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to interview.

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B.S. degree (minimum) in forestry, ecology, biology, or related natural science field.

Eight (8) years or more full-time work experience in forestry, forest recreation, ecosystem management, or natural resource management.

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