ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Brush and invasive species control, including cutting with use of chainsaws and other hand equipment, herbicide applications, mowing, and hand pulling.
2. Native grass and forb seed collection and processing.
3. Installation of plugs, bare root stock, shrubs or saplings, and seed distribution.
4. Assistance with research and monitoring projects at both a species and community level.
5. Assistance with Prescribed Fire Program including control line preparation, equipment maintenance, and implementation.
6. Assistance with wildlife management projects as needed.
7. Removal of trash and other debris from natural areas.
8. Other duties as assigned by supervisor or director.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1 Active job; while performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand; walk on uneven terrain; carry, lift and move heavy objects (<50 pounds) or tools (chain saws, clearing saws, herbicide backpacks); climb hills and stairs; use hands and fingers to manipulate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear in a sometimes noisy environment.
2. While performing the duties of this job the employee occasionally works near moving parts; works in outside extreme heat or cold weather conditions; is exposed to fumes, airborne particles, smoke and toxic or caustic chemicals and potentially hazardous plants and animals.
3. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
4. The noise level in this job is usually moderate but can be high.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• College student studying in the fields of Ecology, Environmental Science, Biology or other related fields is preferred.
• Previous restoration or land management experience is preferred.
• Good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and physically capable of lifting and transporting 50 lb. objects over uneven terrain.
• Ability to use or capable of learning use of power tools including chainsaws, weed whips, and walk behind mowers. District will provide training if needed.
• Have or willing to procure an Illinois Pesticide Operator License. District will provide training if needed.
• Knowledge of Midwest flora, natural communities, basic ecological principles and natural areas management principles preferred.
• Have or willing to procure a Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescribed Crew Member Certificate or completion of National Wildfire Coordinating Group S130/S190 coursework. District will provide training if needed.
• Must effectively communicate in written and oral formats.
• Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office (word processing, Excel spreadsheet and Access database) software are preferred.
• Must possess and maintain a current and valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.