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Job Opportunity: Conservation Corps Crew Member

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This is a great position for students during the Fall Term.

Job Title: Conservation Corps Crew Member
Reports to: Conservation Corps Crew Manager

Mission: Friends of the Forest Preserves is the voice of a diverse community inspiring and organizing people to protect, restore, and expand the forest preserves in Cook County. Friends is an independent non-profit organization with more than 2,000
members and thousands of volunteers, advocating for the responsible management of the 69,000 acres of forest preserves in Cook County through advocacy, conservation corps programs, community outreach, and volunteer empowerment. Friends is an organization that gets things done with our members, volunteers, staff, board, and partners. We believe in work-life balance and are here for the marathon, not the sprint (not that we don’t sprint on a regular basis).

Position : The Crew Member will participate in the FOTFP Conservation Corps program. The Friends’ Conservation Corps members work year-round to remove invasive species and restore native plants throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We are seeking Crew Members from diverse communities for a program that provides valuable skills and certifications that could lead to a long-term career in natural land management or other environmental jobs. The Crew Member will collaborate with a team of 4 Crew Members, an Assistant Crew Manager and a Crew Manager who will
work outdoors removing invasive species and conducting other physical work to restore health to the preserves. Crew Members are expected to complete a number of trainings through FOTFP and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. They are also expected to participate in group presentations at local conferences and events.

Position Dates : Start date is Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 with 7.5 hours/day, 30 hours per week. Crew schedule is Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (workday may begin as early as 6:00 am). Additional workdays may be added to the schedule and this schedule can change depending on weather and season. End date is Saturday, February 24, 2018. Reapplication is highly encouraged for 2018/2019 program year, which begins in March.

Location : Forest Preserves of Cook County-All Regions (some Lake County Forest Preserves for Barrington Crew)

Requirements :
1. Must be 18 years or older.
2. Strong interest in learning about conservation and working outdoors.
3. Must be punctual and responsible with an ability to work with others as a team.
4. Ability to lift and move heavy objects (50 lbs) and work outside in inclement weather and extreme temperatures.
5. Must have the ability to obtain State of Illinois Pesticide Operator License and First Aid/CPR certification.
6. Ability to obtain FPCC Feller I Chainsaw Certification, FOTFP Chainsaw Certification, and Midwest Ecological
Burn Training Certification.
7. Some flexibility in work hours including weekend work is required.
8. Experience working outdoors and familiarity with Midwest outdoor conservation work preferred.
9. Ability to meet at designated meetup location in Palos, Barrington, west side of Chicago, or South Holland, IL.
10. Ability to volunteer at two workdays in the forest preserves is an application process requirement. One workday
will be with a Conservation Corps crew and one day will be a volunteer workday.

Benefits :
1. Pay starts at $12 with the ability to increase to $15 per hour depending on credentials, certifications, and experience.
2. Professional trainings and certifications.
3. Exposure to agencies and professionals with the potential for long-term career connections.
4. Paid holiday break December 27 – 30, 2017. One paid personal day, and four paid sick days.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to Michael Raczyla, Conservation Corps Crew Manager at . Please specify location preference in email subject line (i.e. Palos, Barrington, west side of Chicago, or South Holland, IL). Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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