The Natural Resources Department is currently seeking a Natural Resources Technician to assist with implementing best management practices for natural areas management throughout the various preserves within the District. This includes invasive plant management; restoration and conservation of prairie/savanna, forest/woodlands, and wetlands; and support of the District's education and recreation efforts.
• Identify native and invasive species in natural areas.
• Handle, mix, and apply herbicides and pesticides using various spray equipment.
• Conduct field sampling, prepare environmental analyses, and report field conditions to supervisor.
• Prepare sites and plant trees, shrubs, and seeds as directed to support restoration efforts.
• Participate in seed collection and seed processing.
• Perform prescribed burns as a member of a burn crew.
• Assist with tree/brush removal.
• Use various tools of the trade including, but not limited to: trucks, mowers, tractors, backhoes, skid-steers, chain saws, brush cutters, and hand tools.
• Maintain facilities and equipment in a clean, safe, and efficient working order.
• Assist with supervision of daily work assignments for seasonal employees, interns, and volunteers.
• Assist with performing and documenting safety orientation for seasonal staff and/or volunteers.
• Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
• Bachelor's degree in restoration ecology, natural resource management, park management, forestry, conservation biology, environmental science, or related field of study.
• Knowledge of, and/or experience in, conservation biology, restoration ecology, environmental science, hydrology, soil science, environmental laws and regulations, and/or environmental impact assessment principles and practices.
• Illinois Pesticide Applicators License or ability to obtain within 12 months from date of hire.
• Knowledge of central Illinois flora and fauna and/or Midwest ecosystems is preferred.
• Basic wildland fire training perferred.
Skills and Abilities
• Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships throughout the District.
• Ability to use tools of the trade, both powered and non-powered in a safe and effective manner.
• Excellent time management and prioritization skills; ability to work proactively and independently without constant supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment in solving problems and making decisions; ability to respond professionally to challenging or stressful situations.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely in a professional manner.
• Demonstrated good safety awareness.
• Ability to use standard office equipment, including a computer. Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
• Valid driver’s license is required. Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is preferred.
• CPR/AED and First Aid certification or the ability to obtain within 12 months of employment.
• Must possess, or have the ability to learn, a working knowledge of the District’s rules and regulations.