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  $24.1827 - $26.6010 PER HOUR - DOQ

Under the general direction of the Natural Resource Manager, the Senior Restoration Technician performs a wide variety of assigned and self-initiated tasks and projects designed to improve the ecological health of District lands. Directs Restoration and Plant Technicians, interns and seasonal staff on day-to-day operational tasks. May supervise volunteers, contractors and consultants during projects.  
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES and FUNCTIONS to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation:
  • Oversees the day-to-day restoration and enhancement tasks for one-half of the District’s properties, including but not limited to: brush removal (utilizing power equipment such as chainsaws, mowers & brush cutters), prescribed burns, management of invasive plants, heavy equipment operation, application of pesticides, and harvest and installation of native seed.
  • Functions as a Prescribed Burn Boss for the District.
  • Assists department staff in the collection of biological data, including tree surveys, floristic inventories and the monitoring of various wildlife species.
  • Conducts routine equipment inspections and performs maintenance and repair of equipment, vehicles and tools.
  • Operates vehicles of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and material. Operates light and medium-sized construction and power equipment.
  • Oversees intern projects, perform data entry, and vegetation inventory and monitoring, occasionally.
  • Assists with general maintenance and upkeep of department buildings.
  • Participates in native plant propagation efforts (greenhouse, hoophouse and garden).
  • Oversees work performed by contractors.
  • Represents a positive and professional image to the public and assists the public as needed.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier.
  • Works irregular hours, including weekends and evenings, occasionally.
  • Attends professional conferences, workshops and seminars as appropriate within budget parameters and with Department Head approval.
  • Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications and keeps up-to-date on professional trends and developments related to position accountabilities.
  • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, the Employee Handbook, and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Establishes positive relationships with community, volunteers and preserve users.
  • Provides input during the annual planning and budget preparation process.
  • Provides constructive input for subordinate personnel during performance evaluation process.
  • Maintains required logs and work lists, provides progress reports, etc.
Staff Supervision:
  • Supervises Restoration and Plant Technicians, interns and seasonals; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old
  • Education: Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in ecology, botany, natural resource management, land management, or closely related field; Master’s degree a plus.
  • Experience: Three (3) years in hands-on land management; or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training.
  • Proven supervisory experience a must.
  • GIS and computer experience a plus.
  • Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED, CDL Class A, Pesticide Applicator, S-130/S-190 basic wildland firefighting training or equivalent; all licenses/certifications must be obtained within one year of employment.
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 Forest Preserve District of Kane County


Shelley Kouzes

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $22.00 - $25.00/hr.

The Glen Ellyn Park District is accepting applications for the position of FT Park Specialist II. The Glen Ellyn Park District is a local governmental agency serving residents of the Village of Glen Ellyn and portions of neighboring communities. It provides a wide range of recreational services, athletics, and leisure activities to its citizens, with opportunities for all ages and abilities. The Park District has 29 parks that are meticulously maintained for the community’s use in both unstructured recreation and for programmed events. The Park District operates one outdoor aquatic facility, two recreation centers, three athletic field complexes, 23 playgrounds, two lakes, the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Holes and Knolls Miniature Golf Course, Maryknoll Splash Pad, and the Lake Ellyn Boathouse.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and our mission is to “foster diverse, community-based leisure opportunities through a harmonious blend of quality recreation programs, facilities, and open space which will enhance the quality of life into the future.” We welcome you to apply to become a part of our great TEAM!

Under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent of Park Operations, the Park Specialist II will be responsible for performing a variety of maintenance and landscaping tasks to provide safe and attractive parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields throughout the Park District. Looking for someone to take ownership and who wants to grow and expand their knowledge base, particularly in athletic field maintenance. Duties include but are not limited to maintaining our parks and facilities by mowing, trimming, edging, weeding, watering, planting, mulching, trash picking/collection; athletic field prep and set-up; special event set-up/take-down; minor repairs to park elements, playground equipment, etc. and other duties as assigned. Winter work may include snow removal and facility projects such as painting, small repairs, etc. Additionally, this position may assist with other park and turf maintenance including, but not limited to seeding, aeration, pesticide application, irrigation, and tree monitoring, trimming, and removal. This position may supervise other full-time or part-time/seasonal crew members and will participate in snow removal and other inclement weather activities. Will also be required to be part of the on–call rotation. This is an at-will position. 

Hours:    Generally, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm during the week with some evening and/or weekend hours, especially during prime growing season Spring through Fall required. 
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, resourceful, and reliable with a strong sense of responsibility and initiative to achieve safe, clean, and well-maintained parks and facilities. Previous landscaping and/or maintenance experience is required. A high school graduate or equivalent is required with college coursework and/or relevant supplemental training in turf management or similar is preferred. Skilled knowledge in the use of hand and power tools as well as gasoline and electric powered maintenance equipment is required. Strong sense of safety with effective communication skills and a desire to provide quality customer service is essential. Must be able to work well independently with little supervision and as a team member on a crew. A valid IL Driver’s License with a “C” class CDL and familiarity with the Glen Ellyn area is ideal. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and experience using a work order system is highly desired. An Illinois Pesticide Operator License is required or must be obtained within 3 months of hire date. Must be in good physical condition to perform manual labor and be able to stand or walk for extended periods with ability to reach, twist, bend, stoop, and lift up to 50 pounds regularly. Majority of work is outdoors sometimes in uncomfortable weather conditions including high heat/humidity and cold. Candidates will need to pass a background check and pre-employment physical once offered the position.

  • Medical Coverage (PPO or HMO option) following 30 days of employment.
  • Prescription, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance and Voluntary Optional Insurance Plans
  • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IL Municipal Retirement Fund) which includes Disability benefits following one year of participation.
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick, Holiday & Floating Holidays) & Paid Emergency Leave per policy                       
  • Free Fitness Membership & Wellness Programs with Discounted Program/Event Registrations
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Safety and Skills Training and Professional Development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
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Please complete an employment application online and include a resume and cover letter.
For questions, please contact Scott Norman, Supt. of Parks at Thank You!

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 Glen Ellyn Park District


Lynn Wiltfong

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $52,000.00 - $75,000.00 annual salary depending on qualifications, plus excellent benefit package.

Status of Employment:

Full-Time, Year-Round, Exempt


We provide a highly competitive, employee friendly benefit and incentive package to support you in your personal and professional journey which includes:

medical, dental, vision coverage or opt out incentive. life insurance. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) defined benefit pension and 457 deferred compensation plan. Flexible spending account. paid time off starting first day of employment: 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 12 holidays, 4 floating holidays, sick time accrues monthly, and discretionary time earned annually. Park District facility usage and program discounts. cell phone reimbursement. training and

professional development opportunities.


Supervises full-time and part-time planning department personnel. May serve in a leadership capacity with parks division employees and contractual service providers.

Essential Functions:

Responsible for supervising and coordinating logistics for outdoor facility rentals, including, but not limited to, providing tours and information to prospective renters, and implementing details outlined in rental agreements to ensure events are properly executed. Maintain registration records and files for outdoor facility rentals and other program and service functions. Provide excellent customer service to users and renters. Develop content for seasonal program guides, promotional materials, and website. Perform routine facility inspections and ensure cleaning and repairs are completed as needed. Monitor inventory, orders supplies, and maintain purchase records within budget. Serve as the liaison between the parks department and other departments for snow removal operations. Assist in the coordination of district snow removal operations. Perform administrative tasks related to payroll, purchase orders and vendor payments, project and property file management, and other area tasks as necessary. Provide direct leadership and supervision to all assigned personnel. Recruit, select, train, and evaluate personnel. Supervise and coordinate custodial service at buildings/facilities with contractual services and in-house staff. Plan, schedule, and follow-up on daily work assignments to assure proper completion of each task. Prepare written documentation of daily work plans, assignments, and schedules. Assist with personnel interviews, work schedules, time reports, evaluations, salary adjustments, personnel requests, and suggestions. Assist with training and development of personnel, disciplinary action, layoff, and dismissal. Develop, maintain, and/or engage with community agencies and groups whose purpose will benefit the district or improve the community. Assist in the coordination of volunteer events. Manage district’s donation programs. Attend pertinent departmental/district meetings and in-house training sessions. Conduct self in accordance with the policies and procedures as established by the district. Participate in district Safety and Training Program to ensure that work performed and services provided are implemented in a safe manner. Assist in the coordination of the Capital Improvement Plan. Collaborate with consultants and staff to prepare property, topographic, and park utility maps of existing district properties and potential land acquisitions. Collaborate with consultants and staff to prepare bid specifications, drawings, and estimated cost of construction for comparison purchasing and contracting construction projects. Communicate effectively with architects and engineering consultants, contractors, and employees for coordination of park design, renovation, and construction projects. Assist with bid and quote documents, graphics, procedures, and summaries for selection of contractors on park improvement projects. Inspect and approve work performed by in-house staff and contractors. Assist in supervision, inspection, and administrative tasks related to contractor’s practices to ensure specification compliance and satisfactory completion of project. Participate in preparation of grant applications for park development projects. Assist with grant progress reports and related documentation.

Marginal Functions:

Serve as weekend on-call supervisor. Assist with the Parks and Open Space Master Plan development. Assist with implementation of the Master Plan District-Wide Improvements, including, but not limited to, Capital Asset Replacement/Maintenance Schedule (CARMS), Paving Maintenance Plan (PMP), Sport Court Maintenance Plan (SCMP), Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Management Plan, Playground Audit Recommendations, ADA Compliance Recommendations and Transition Plan, and Vehicle Equipment Replacement Schedule (VERS). Present reports at district and other meetings as required. Establish membership and participate in appropriate professional organizations. Assist staff in the performance of their duties. Assist staff with completion of work orders and special event needs as required. Serve on in-house committees. Attend seminars and training workshops. Inspect and keep department first aid kits properly stocked. Perform other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or related field preferred.


Minimum three (3) years of related experience, including supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Supervision of crews on assigned jobs at various sites. Custodial maintenance. Principles of park maintenance operations. General knowledge of recreation, parks, and leisure service field. District ordinances and park permit policies. Snow removal operations. Sound customer service techniques. Park planning and management principles. Project management principles. Geographic Information System (GIS). Microsoft Office software. Ordinances and permit requirements and application process for state and local agencies.


Valid driver’s license required. Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification preferred. First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one (1) year.

Hours: 40 hours/week. Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as needed. Position requires on-call availability.

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 Waukegan Park District


Tim Girmscheid

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled