Ecological Restoration Intern

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

The Ecological Restoration Internship position is a 40-hour per week, seasonal position responsible for assisting the Northwest Illinois Stewardship Cooperative (“NISC”) with ecological restoration and land stewardship projects throughout NISC’s five county service area, with a particular emphasis on invasive species management. NISC is a collaborative program between 10 nonprofit and governmental conservation organizations in northwest Illinois. The NISC program is operated and managed by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (“JDCF”), one of the ten NISC member organizations.

This position is designed to give the Intern a comprehensive understanding of on the ground practices utilized in ecosystem restoration and stewardship. Tasks will include but are not limited to herbicide application, prescribed fire, and mowing. Training will be provided in all aspects of the job including use of herbicide application equipment, mowers and power tools, concepts of ecological restoration, and native and invasive plant identification. Training will also be available for Illinois Pesticide Applicator’s License and basic chainsaw safety training, if available.

This position reports to the NISC Manager. This position will be expected to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

Lodging will not be provided for this internship.

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