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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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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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Seasonal Jobs with Friends of the Forest Preserve, Cook County!

Below are links to three different positions within the Friends of the Forest Preserve Conservation Corps.  They are looking to hire a Crew Manager and Assistant Crew Manager for their BRAND NEW North Branch crew.  They will also have 4 open 2018 Crew Member positions on that crew, as well as, some open 2018 Crew Member positions on all of the other crews.  Please share these positions with anyone that you think would be a good fit in one of these roles.  These are incredible opportunities to get out in nature, learn more about restoration, develop leadership skills, and mentor others during the process!
New this year: They are offering $1000 bonus to any 2018 Crew Member that stays for the entire length of the program year and finishes the year with a positive review.  How cool is that?   
Click on the titles below for full job postings and application details.

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Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies, Deadline 2/1/2018

The Garden Club of America (GCA) is offering a new scholarship in native plant studies, with applications now being accepted. The Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies supports the study of underutilized native plants at an accredited U.S. college or university or a major botanic garden or arboretum. The GCA will fund one or more Freeman Scholarships annually at a minimum of $3,000.

The scholarship is open to undergraduates and graduate students, advanced degree candidates or non-degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in a U.S.-based institution are eligible.  To apply, visit www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/35Deadline is February 1 preceding the period of study.

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Results of Lake Oakton Fish Survey

We were thrilled to have members from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) on campus last week to conduct a fish survey on Lake Oakton as part of Campus Sustainability Month. This series of events on college and university campuses across the nation are held in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Not only were were thrilled to learn that our Lake is healthy, but we were impressed by the number of species found living here!

Led by District Fisheries Biologist, Frank Jakubicek, two dozen students, several employees, and community members learned  about biodiversity assessment on campus and had a chance to engage in recording data about the findings. Frank was impressed by the health and vitality of our largemouth bass population–a secret that is already out among a small group of avid fisherfolk who visit our campus regularly. Other species included bluegill, gizzard shad, pumpkinseed sunfish, white sucker and warmouth. This proved to be an amazing learning opportunity for so many, particularly those students involved in our Environmental Studies Concentration. Registration is open NOW for Spring Semester. Sign up for your ESC courses today!

Check out the full report: Oakton Community College Pond Supplemental Survey Report 2017

Photos courtesy of Paul Gulezian:


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Digital Campaigner–Entry Level Position, Environment America

Work as if our planet depended on it

BECOME AN ENVIRONMENT AMERICA DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER

We need to build a greener, healthier world with clean air, clean water and clean energy. We approach this challenge one step at a time, putting the environment first at every step along the way.

Imagine using your sharp writing skills and strategic digital content to promote solar power. Or putting your talent for social media to use to keep local waters clean and ban fracking. Imagine running online campaigns to build the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and more— that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

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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!