We invite applications for a Naturalist at Gensburg-Markham Prairie. Located in Markham, Illinois, this 110-acre tallgrass prairie remnant is a Dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve and a National Natural Landmark. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and executing a management, stewardship, and ecological restoration plan and for aiding in research, educational, and community outreach programs.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Site Stewardship & Ecological Restoration (50%): Make management decisions based upon accepted ecological principles; collect and distribute native plant seeds to accelerate the restoration of disturbed plant communities; translocate and monitor imperiled plants and animals; remove and herbicide invasive plant species that have encroached upon the preserve; assist in planning and execution of prescribed burning of the preserve.
• Education and Outreach (20%): Provide on-site public lectures and trail guide service; participate in seminars sponsored by colleges and professional organizations. Direct public relations activities involving the local community, municipal and public utility representatives, and print and electronic media.
• Research activities (15%): Collect and analyze scientific data required for management, assist with monitoring plants of concern; support curation of specimens; seek external funding to conduct conservation-related research and activities at Gensburg-Markham Prairie and in the Chicago Wilderness region.
• Site Maintenance (15%): Maintain an accessible trail system, repair fences, installs signs, and maintains tools and equipment. Coordinate such maintenance with partner institution The Nature Conservancy and local municipalities.
• Bachelor’s degree in one of the field biological or environmental areas or -OR- at least 4 years experience in ecological land management and restoration activities, with increasing levels of responsibilities -OR- equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Prescribed burning experience and NWCG certification(s), or willingness to learn and use.
• Skill in identifying Midwest US plant species, or willingness to learn.
• Awareness of environmental and/or social justice related work.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work out of doors in all seasons
TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021. Preference will be given to applications received on or before this date. Go to https://www.neiu.edu/naturalist-2 for application instructions.