The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Natural Resources Department is accepting applications for one (1) Restoration Technician.
DATE POSTED: MARCH 10, 2017
WORKSITE LOCATION: AURORA WEST FOREST PRESERVE, AURORA, ILLINOIS; APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES WEST OF CHICAGO
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $36,697 TO $45,871 PER YEAR
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, MAY INCLUDE SATURDAYS
SUMMER HOURS: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 26, 2017
All candidates must apply on-line at: http://kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx
Under direct supervision of the Restoration Ecologist, performs a wide variety of assigned tasks and projects designed to improve the ecological health of District lands. May assist or mentor seasonals, interns and volunteers on day-to-day operational tasks.
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS
- Assists with day-to-day restoration and enhancement tasks, including but not limited to: brush removal (utilizing power equipment such as chainsaws, mowers & brush cutters), prescribed burns, management of invasive plants, heavy equipment operation, and installation and harvest of native seed.
- Assists department staff in the collection of biological data, including tree surveys, floristic inventories and the monitoring of various wildlife species.
- Conducts routine equipment inspections and performs maintenance and repair of equipment, vehicles and tools.
- Operates vehicles of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and material. Operates light and medium-sized construction and power equipment.
- Shall occasionally be required to paint, spray herbicide, oversee intern projects, data entry, and vegetation inventory and monitoring.
- Shall assist with the general maintenance and upkeep of department buildings.
- Participates in native plant propagation efforts (greenhouse, hoophouse, and garden).
- Occasionally may be assigned to oversee work performed by contractors.
- Represents a positive and professional image to the public and assists the public as needed.
- Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier.
- May work irregular hours, including weekends, evenings.
- Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications.
- Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook.
- Establishes positive relationships with community and preserve users.
- Provides input during the budget preparation process.
- Maintains required logs and work lists, provides progress reports, etc.
Additional duties and functions may be essential.
- Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years old
- Education: Associates degree in ecology, botany, natural resource management, land management, or closely related field; Bachelors degree a plus.
- Experience: One (1) year in natural resources, recreation, or closely related field; previous experience operating required equipment (see below); or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training.
- Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED, CDL Class A, Pesticide Operator; S-130 and S-190 Prescribe Burn or equivalent; all licenses/certifications must be obtained and maintained within one year of employment.