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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), planting, seed collecting and cleaning, seed sowing, mowing and removing debris, tree cutting and removal, participating 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, record keeping, and miscellaneous office work. Some knowledge of local flora required.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Removing invasive weeds, including using herbicides, cutting and removal of woody species, digging, mowing and debris removal (raking and hauling), deadheading, etc.
  • Planting, watering, collecting and cleaning seed, seed nursery maintenance, seed dispersal, tree cutting and removal, path clearance, litter pick-up, and performing other activities related to the development and management of the natural communities.
  • Working in water to remove invasive plants along shorelines.
  • Preparing burn breaks.
  • Participating in prescribed burns.
  • Operating small powered tools including mowers, hedge trimmers, water pumps, herbicide sprayers, and hand tools. Caring for Garden vehicles, tools, and machines.
  • Learning native flora observed in the field.
  • Assisting with data entry, record keeping, other miscellaneous office work and organizational tasks as needed.

Our ideal candiate will have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree and experience in restoration management, ecology or closely related fields.
  • Some knowledge of local flora.
  • A proven strong work ethic.
  • An ability to function well in both team and individual work situations.
Physical Demands: 
Ability to work outside in inclement weather (mosquitoes, bees, rain, potential allergens) for long periods of time doing physically demanding work. Ability to lift 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.