Ecological Restoration Technician

  • Full-Time
  • Elizabeth, IL
  • Application deadline: 2021-07-15

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

The Restoration Technician will implement invasive and exotic plant management control methods using integrated pest management strategies, including manual, mechanical, chemical, and prescribed burning methods. Day-to-day job duties will primarily be focused on restoring native plant and animal habitats in parks, nature preserves, and other conservation areas. As needed, the Restoration Technician will assist in the preparation of grant applications, grant reports, and land management plans.

NISC is a collaboration of 10 public and private organizations in northwest Illinois that works to address pressing and urgent natural areas management concerns across jurisdictional boundaries and service regions.

Ideal Candidates Will Have

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Environmental Science, or similar field.
  • At least 6 months of related field experience
  • Experience using GPS/GIS software
  • A valid herbicide applicator’s license (or the ability to acquire one)
  • Basic certifications in prescribed burning from National Wildfire Coordinating Group or similar organization
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others, including volunteers
  • Ability to identify common invasive and non- native plant species and familiar with the phenology thereof
  • Experience operating various types of equipment, including chainsaws, herbicide applicators, and UTVs
  • Be able to perform physical work in difficult terrain and adverse weather
  • Demonstrate capacity for leading educational and outreach activities on a semi-independent basis
  • Have basic computer literacy including Microsoft Office Suite.

This is a full-time, hourly position with paid time off and other benefits. Regular hours for this position are Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day. However, occasional evenings and weekends are required, especially during prescribed burn seasons. To view the complete job description and requirements, please visit this site

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