Natural Resources Technician-Illinois

Champaign County Forest Preserve District
Mahomet, IL
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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.
Essential Functions • 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. Requirements 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.
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