Ecological Restoration Intern – NW Illinois

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation
Elizabeth, IL
Job Category
$12-15 per hour
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The Ecological Restoration Internship (“the Intern”) position is a 40-hour per week, seasonal position responsible for assisting the Northwest Illinois Stewardship Cooperative (“NISC”) with ecological restoration and land stewardship projects throughout NISC’s five county service area, with a particular emphasis on invasive species management. NISC is a collaborative program between 10 nonprofit and governmental conservation organizations in northwest Illinois. The NISC program is operated and managed by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (“JDCF”), one of the ten NISC member organizations. This position is designed to give the Intern a comprehensive understanding of on the ground practices utilized in ecosystem restoration and stewardship. Tasks will include but are not limited to herbicide application, prescribed fire, and mowing. Training will be provided in all aspects of the job including use of herbicide application equipment, mowers and power tools, concepts of ecological restoration, and native and invasive plant identification. Training will also be available for Illinois Pesticide Applicator’s License and basic chainsaw safety training, if available. This position reports to the NISC Manager. This position will be expected to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed. Lodging will not be provided for this internship.
Required Skills and Qualifications: At least 18 years old at beginning of internship Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science program in the fields of conservation biology, environmental science, botany, wildlife biology, natural resources, land use management, forestry, or other related field. Ability to effectively relate to a diverse range of people, including both oral and written communication skills Strong desire to excel in the ecological restoration field Ability to work in difficult and extreme environmental conditions including excessive heat, biting and stinging insects, and steep terrain. Able to hike uneven and steep terrain and lift up to 50 pounds Basic computer literacy including Microsoft Office suite Ability to self-start and work semi-independently and without supervision after receiving proper training and instructions from supervisors. Valid and current driver’s license Must provide own transportation to and from work sites in the event that NISC cannot provide a vehicle for this purpose. Personal vehicle use will be reimbursed.
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Jim Johannsen
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