Conservation Corps Crew Member-Illinois

Friends of the Forest Preserves
Chicago, IL Location: Forest Preserves of Cook County-All Regions (some Lake County Forest Preserves for Barrington Crew)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Pay starts at $12 with the ability to increase to $15 per hour depending on credentials, certifications, and experience. Professional trainings and certifications. Exposure to agencies and professionals with the potential for long-term career connections. Two paid holiday breaks; July 4th-July 7th, 2018 & December 26 - 29, 2018. Two paid personal day, and eight paid sick days. Individuals that are able to stay for the length of the entire program year and receive a positive year-end review will receive a bonus of $1,000.
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Position: Crew Members will participate in the Friends Conservation Corps program. 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. Crew Members will collaborate with a team of four Crew Members, an Assistant Crew Manager and a Crew Manager, working together 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 Friends and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. They are also expected to participate in group presentations at local conferences and events. Conservation Corps Dates: This announcement is for our 2018/2019 program year that begins on March 7th, 2018. This position will run from March 7th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2019; 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.
Basic Requirements: Must be 18 years or older. Strong interest in learning about conservation and working outdoors. Must be punctual and responsible with an ability to work with others as a team. Ability to lift and move heavy objects (50 lbs.) and work outside in inclement weather and extreme temperatures. Must have the ability to obtain State of Illinois Pesticide Operator License and First Aid/CPR certification. Ability to obtain FPCC Feller I Chainsaw Certification, FOTFP Chainsaw Certification, and Midwest Ecological Burn Training Certification. Some flexibility in work hours including weekend work is required. Experience working outdoors and familiarity with Midwest outdoor conservation work preferred. Ability to meet at designated meetup location in Palos, Chicago (Northside/Edgebrook), Chicago (West Side/Garfield Park), Barrington, or South Holland, IL. 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. For more information and to apply: To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to Zach Taylor, Conservation Director at Please specify location preference in email subject line (i.e. Palos, Chicago (West Side/Garfield Park), Chicago (North Side/Edgebrook), Barrington, or South Holland, IL). Positions will be filled on a rolling basis and according to need. Please NO calls, faxes, office visits, or emails (other than emails presenting resume and cover letter). Women, minorities, and seniors are strongly encouraged to apply. Friends of the Forest Preserves is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation (in addition to observing all legal protection of special status). Friends is an equal opportunity employer promoting diversity in the environmental community.
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Zach Taylor
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