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Full-Time Restoration Ecologist, McHenry County

Restoration Ecologist (to apply: http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/employment-opportunities/)

STATUS: Full-time

LOCATION: Richmond, IL

SALARY:  Annual starting salary at $48,726

JOB OVERVIEW:  The McHenry County Conservation District is currently seeking a Restoration Ecologist for the management and restoration of the natural features of District lands. This position conducts assigned biological inventories, designs and implements natural habitat restoration projects, and monitors natural features on District lands as assigned.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Collects ecological data as assigned and assists in biological inventory work as required.
  • Makes recommendations to the Natural Resources Manager for inclusion in departmental land protection requests as well as conversion of existing farm leases to native communities.
  • Supervises the Restoration Technician as well as coordinates and assists staff, seasonal/ temporary employees and volunteers in natural resource management projects.
  • Plans and conducts prescribed burns, brush cutting, weed control, and hydrological restoration activities. Supervises activities of contractors on restoration projects as assigned.
  • Assists in the collection of native seeds and plants native seeds in restoration projects utilizing both machinery and by hand as well as conducts noxious and problem weed control with herbicide, biological control agents and through mechanical means as needed.
  • Carries out routine and advanced maintenance of equipment.
  • Fabricates new equipment as needed and assists in the operation and maintenance of Natural Resources support facilities such as the regional shops and Research Field Station.
  • Transports natural resource management equipment for utilization in the field.
  • Provides professional expertise to other District divisions.
  • Assists in public and staff educational efforts in conjunction with other divisions within the District. Participates in interpreting the District’s natural resource management efforts.
  • Prepares and leads natural resource presentations for the general public, staff, and volunteers.
  • Assists the Natural Resource Manager in the development and formulation of Natural Ecosystem Management Plans.
  • Develops bid specifications for restoration projects as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A./ B.S.) from four-year college or university in biology, ecology, zoology, or a natural resource related field.
  • Four years related experience working in a natural resource management program and one year of supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of ecological principles, and Midwest natural communities and natural history.
  • Considerable knowledge of ecology, zoology, and botany as they apply to natural resource and land management issues.
  • Ability to carry out job duties safely using and maintaining power equipment such as chainsaws and brush cutters and heavy equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, practices and techniques involved in land restoration projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in the development of sound land management practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of laws, rules, and regulatory requirement relating to development and management of wild lands.
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a valid U.S.D.A Pesticide Operator’s license.
  • Possess or be willing to obtain prescribed burn crew certificate.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license and be able to obtain and maintain a CDL.

 

 

 

Questions: Contact HR at 815-338-6223 x1237.

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Program & Event Facilitator, Part-Time Paid, Bachelor’s Required

Program & Event Facilitator – Burnham Wildlife Corridor

This position will support the work of the Outdoor and Environmental Education Unit in the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources.  It is responsible for administrative and program support for the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, a 100-acre ribbon of urban wilderness running through Burnham Park. It is home to five unique “gathering spaces,” which have been designed, created, and activated by teams of local artists and community-based organizations from the Chinatown, Bronzeville, and Pilsen neighborhoods. The BWC Gathering Spaces are artistic installations and seating areas, reflective of nature and culture that serve as assembly grounds and resting points for people exploring this part of the lakefront. They are located on both the east and west sides of Lake Shore Drive.

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Earth Week 2018–Session Details

For a quick, shareable pdf of our Earth Week events, click earthweekpstr18LR. For details about each of the sessions, see below!

Earth Day 2018 Event Descriptions:

Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, no RSVP required*

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Earth Week at Oakton, 2018 Events

We are so pleased to announce our 2018 Earth Week events here at Oakton Community College. Check out the calendar below and visit here for details on each session. All of these events are free and open to the public, though we do ask for pre-registration for a couple of them. Please share with your friends and colleagues!

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Job Opportunity: Conservation Corps Crew Member

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

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

Organization:
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.

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Urban Forester–Full-time Position in Park Ridge

The City of Park Ridge is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Urban Forester. Under the direction of the City Forester, responsibilities include, but are not limited to, responding to citizen requests, evaluating the health and determining maintenance needs for trees in the public right-of-way, overseeing permitting for private property tree removals, reviewing tree preservation plans to ensure compliance with City codes and standards, conducting regular inspections for disease, pest infestation, and other hazardous conditions, overseeing contracted bi-annual planting program, and enforcing the City code as it pertains to tree preservation.  Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or related field preferred.  Applicant may substitute additional relevant experience for the required education.  Applicant must be an ISA Certified Arborist or have the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.  Valid state driver’s license required.  General work hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., sometimes requiring overtime.  Starting salary is $53,357 plus benefits.  Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) eligible.  Position is available until filled.

Submit Application for Employment (http://www.parkridge.us/government/employment.aspx) and resume to Kim Hodge, HR Generalist, via email at humanresources@parkridge.us or  by U.S. mail to: City of Park Ridge, Attn. Human Resources, 505 Butler Place, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

More details: http://www.parkridge.us/


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Several Entry-Level and Summer Positions Posted in Environmental Fields

There are some amazing local opportunities currently available for students and young professionals interested in a career related to environmental sciences. Some of these are summer positions (remember, hiring for the summer season starts early–like NOW!) and others are full or part-time beginning in the spring. There are also many internship opportunities. Openings are constantly changing. Check out the Chicago Environmental Network for a great selection of opportunities, including:

  • Youth Conservation Corp Leader (McHenry County Conservation District)
  • Summer Ecology Assistant (Fermilab)
  • Restoration Technician (Pizzo & Associates)
  • Crew Leader (Student Conservation Association)
  • Development and Communications Assistant (Lincoln Park Conservatory)
  • Gypsy Moth Survey Trapper (Slow the Spread Foundation Inc.)
  • Aquatic Plant Maintenance (Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Ecological Restoration Technician (Seasonal–Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Lab Sample Collector (Chicago Park District)
  • ….and SO MANY MORE!