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Ecological Restoration Technician A-B

Requisition Number: 
Restoration Ecology
Job Status: 
Assist in the management of two of the Garden's natural areas: a 15-acre created prairie (exhibits six different types of prairie communities found in northeastern Illinois) and a mile-long urban river reach with an adjoining 22 acres of developing wetlands, prairie, and savanna. This position involves physically demanding work for extended periods of time. Typical work responsibilities include removal of weedy/invasive plants (including applying herbicides), seed collection and cleaning, seed sowing, mowing, raking and removing debris, tree cutting and removal, possible participation in prescribed burns, path maintenance, and other related activities. Operation of small gas-powered equipment and use of hand tools is required. Duties also include caring for equipment and vehicles, data entry, and record keeping, and miscellaneous office work.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Invasive species removal, both woody and herbaceous, which includes the cutting and removal of woody species, digging, mowing, raking, and debris removal, deadheading, etc. Herbicide use is required. 
  • Seed collection and cleaning, seed nursery maintenance, seed dispersal, tree cutting and removal, path clearance, and other activities related to the development and management of natural communities. 
  • Wading in river or lakes to remove shoreline invasive plants. 
  • Burn break preparation. 
  • Possible prescribed burn participation. 
  • Operation of small power tools including mowers, hedge trimmers, water pumps, herbicide sprayers, and hand tools. The care of Garden vehicles, tools, and machines. 
  • Learning native flora observed in the field. 
  • Assistance with data entry, record keeping, other miscellaneous office work, and organizational tasks as needed. 

Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • A bachelor's degree in biology, restoration management, or a closely related field
  • Experience in restoration management, ecology, or closely related fields
  • An ability to learn plant species
  • A proven strong work ethic
  • An ability to function well in both team and individual work situations
  • Willingness to take the Illinois Pesticide License Test and apply herbicides
Physical Demands: 
The ability to work outside in inclement weather (mosquitoes, bees, rain, potential allergens) for long periods of time doing physically demanding work. The ability to life and carry 35 pounds for extended periods of time.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.