Woodland Restoration Technician

Requisition Number: 
854
Department: 
Native Habitats
Job Status: 
Year-Round
Hours: 
Full-time
Reports to: 
Managing Ecologist, Woodlands
Overview: 
The woodland restoration technician will work directly with the managing ecologist, Woodlands and other natural areas ecologists, to conduct ecological restoration, management, and related activities in the Garden's woodland habitats, including McDonald Woods, the Barbara Brown Nature Reserve, and Lake Cook Road natural area. The successful candidate will join a team of dedicated ecologists and will build skills as a natural areas manager and restoration professional. This is a full-time position, working 32 hours per week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

  • MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION:
    • Assist in controlling invasive species (including use of herbicides)
    • Assist in removing trees and non-native brush from woodlands, including use of chainsaw, brushcutter, and brush pile burning
    • Assist in preparing for and carrying out controlled burns with natural areas staff. Includes preparing firebreaks, safety equipment and tools, planning, and burning.
    • Scouting, collecting, cleaning, mixing, and broadcasting of native seeds
  • MONITORING AND RESEARCH: Assist with native species monitoring and other projects conducted in collaboration with department scientists, students, and other staff
  • OTHER: Assist with bike path and nature trail maintenance, as well as litter collection throughout the natural areas and adjoining spaces
  • TRAINING: Participate in workshops and training sessions to enhance skills and expertise in target areas

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

 

Qualifications: 

Some experience with natural areas restoration or conservation work, or related experience working outdoors over a range of challenging conditions. Experience with or an interest in learning plant species of the Chicago region, including the use of dichotomous keys to identify plant species. Possess or willing to obtain an Illinois pesticide applicator license and prescribed burning certifications (including Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Training). Commitment to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment.

Physical Demands: 
Frequent, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, lifting, pushing, including outdoors in inclement weather. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Licensed driver insurable by the Society.
Deadline: 
Review of applications begins May 17, 2021.
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.

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