The Director of Operations oversees and manages the development, maintenance and protection of conservation areas, facilities and natural resources of the Conservation District for public use, safety and long term preservation. Ideal attributes include a person that is self-motivated with well-rounded knowledge of conservation management practices. The selected candidate will be current on emerging trends in the field, be able to direct and carry out multiple assignments at the same time, service oriented and able to facilitate department staff to meet short and long range goals of the District
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree with a major course of study in forestry, natural resource management, park and recreation administration or related field with emphasis in park, conservation or forest preserve maintenance management. Also required is seven years of increasing supervisory experience in a similar work environment. In addition, knowledge of and experience in budget development and management, construction, safety, insurance compliance for public facilities and worker protection, grant writing, planning, compliance requirements of local, state and federal laws pertinent to land and water protection, ADA, procurement processes and municipal property ownership. Current First Aid and CPR certification and a valid Illinois driver’s license or obtained within six months of hire. Complete a successful background check and drug screen.
How to Apply: Closing Date December 30, 2022. Please submit by email a cover letter, a resume with professional references, a list of past completed projects/accomplishments and any credentials/transcripts to email@example.com
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County provides opportunities for people to connect with nature. We offer to the public 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, 47 miles of rivers and streams, and 6 nature and cultural centers. We have 6 million visitors each year.
The District's mission is, "to acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of it's citizens.
This position performs project management for planning, designing, and implementing intermediate capital preserve master plan and improvement projects throughout the District, using professional landscape architecture principles and practices, which allow the public to access and interact with preserves and their natural resources in a responsible and safe manner in adherence to the District's Mission and federal, state, and local regulations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare construction drawings, details, specifications, quantity takeoffs, and cost estimates for trails, roads, parking lots, recreational facilities, landscape restoration, water resource improvements and historical/cultural site developments. Administer bid process, contracts, conduct construction meetings and inspections, prepare agenda, meeting minutes, observation reports and perform verification of insurance requirements, processing pay requests, recommendations for field changes, and submittals for change orders. Conduct site analysis, collect field data, and perform topographic survey and tree inventories at construction sites utilizing traditional and GPS and Total Station survey equipment. Prepare design programs and preliminary conceptual design options and costs incorporating comments. Prepare hand rendered and digital graphic exhibits, slides, and reports for presentation to District staff. Assist with preserve master planning and prepare master plans for long-range preserve improvements. Coordinate with District staff to resolve in-house requests. Prepare landscape restoration plans for natural resources, storm water facilities, and developed sites. Perform office duties including ordering drafting supplies and organizing flat file data and drawings. Perform other duties as required.
Starting Salary: $47,876 - $63,836
Benefits: Medical (PPO and HMO plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Dental, Vision, Flex Spending, Wellness Screenings, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, 12 paid Holidays, 12 paid Vacation Days, 5 paid Personal Days, 8 paid sick days, Pension through Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
Education and Experience Required
Education: BS/BA in Landscape Architecture, or related field.
Related Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in design project implementation work; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Knowledge Of: Theory, principles, and practices of landscape architecture and design; contract administration; construction documents and specification writing; plant material identification and design; surveying; construction detailing, grading, and drainage; construction methods and materials; office word processing, database, and spreadsheet software packages; two and three dimensional computer aided design programs, graphic rendering and visualization programs; project management software, and other computer programs.
Skills In: Developing, planning and overseeing programs related to the assessment and planning of landscape and natural resource restoration; historic preservation; recreational facilities and designs; preparing both hand rendered and digital presentation graphics ; performing mathematical computations as applied to field surveying, cost estimating, and quantity takeoffs; developing grading and construction plans; communicating effectively, verbally, graphically, and in writing; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; managing multiple projects and deadlines.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is an EEO employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
It shall be the Mission of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County to acquire, hold, and maintain lands within Kane County, which contribute to the preservation of natural and historic resources and habitats, flora or fauna; to restore, restock, protect and preserve such lands for the education, recreation, and pleasure of all its citizens.
Under general supervision of the Environmental Education Manager, develops and conducts environmental education programs. Directs interns and seasonals on day-to-day operational tasks. This role is a full time/40 hours per week position that may require some evenings and weekends or special event attendance. This full time position is benefits eligible including participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Pension (IMRF) plan.
ESSESNTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS
Operations: -Assists in the planning and preparation of District educational programs. -Conducts on and off-site educational programs consonant with the purposes of the District to a variety of audiences, both in numbers present and the type and level of interest. -Answers questions from the public. -Participates in development of procedures that enhance the public participation in programs and use of forest preserves. -Assists in research, design and maintenance of educational exhibits for the Nature Center and its outreach programs. -Performs a wide variety of tasks in operation of the Nature Center and the Community Affairs department. Keeps general records and files. -Assists with upkeep and maintenance of educational materials and supplies. -Assists in preparing information for distribution to the public concerning District nature programs. -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. -Participates in District-wide educational initiatives. Administration: -Establishes positive relationships with community and preserve users. -Provides input during the program development process. -Maintains required logs and work lists, provides progress reports, etc. -Assists with field orientation for new staff. -Other duties as assigned. Staff Supervision: Supervises interns and summer seasonals; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
-Upkeep of displays and exhibits. -Shift coverage at the Nature Center. -General maintenance and cleaning of the Nature Center. -Participates in the hiring process of new naturalist staff. -Performs other duties as assigned.
COMPETENCIES - GENERAL
To be successful in ANY role at the District, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: -Quality / Accuracy: Pays attention to details and is concerned with accuracy and thoroughness of work; looks for ways to improve and promote overall quality and makes recommendations. -Reliability / Dependability: Performs job duties consistently and reliably; fulfills promised actions; is honest and trustworthy. -Responsiveness / Sense of Urgency: Demonstrates a sincere willingness to help; understands the needs of preserve users; sets realistic expectations; provides prompt service; is timely. - Planning / Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time and resources efficiently; develops realistic action plans. -Judgment / Decision-Making: Possesses sound common sense and ability to solve-problems; has confidence to work independently; able to make effective decisions in a timely manner. -Communication: Understands audience; writes and speaks in a clear and effective manner; possesses ability to vary communication style based on situation; demonstrates positive attitude in verbal and non-verbal communication; shares factual, pertinent and targeted information with others; accepts differences in communication styles – doesn’t allow differences to stop operational progress or efficiencies. -Adaptability / Flexibility: Manages change with ease and grace; able to communicate unexpected changes or delays in a way that minimizes negative impact; maintains a broad perspective. -Teamwork / Collaboration: Establishes and maintains positive working relationships; willingly helps and finds ways to add value; recognizes the contributions of others; cooperates; builds partnerships throughout organization; respects expertise and differences of others. -Responsibility / Independence: Accountable for own work; willingly accepts responsibility for successes and failures; possess initiative to work independently and energetically. -Safety / Security: Actively promotes safety; personally observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and materials properly; investigates accidents professionally and efficiently.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
-Considerable skill in working effectively with the public. -Considerable knowledge of educational principles and practices. -Considerable knowledge of ecological concepts and management techniques. -Ability to follow direction and communicate in English verbally and in writing, to read and understand materials printed in English. -Capacity to utilize effective time management skills to complete assigned work. -Ability to work in a team atmosphere, promoting positive work relationships with both internal and external customers. -Ability to follow through on projects from beginning to end without direct supervision. -Ability to communicate effectively with fellow staff and the public, both verbally and in writing. -Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations. -Able to make effective oral, written, and graphic presentations and publications. -Develop, coordinate, and direct a variety of activities. -Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, participants, instructors, community leaders, District officials, and the general public. -Considerable skill using a computer and its accessories and the Microsoft Office Suite software. -Ability to travel between and among preserves/facilities using personal vehicle. -Ability to execute the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Description: Outdoor environment with regular exposure to excessive noise, dust, hot and cold weather and related conditions, as well as periodic work indoors with exposure to normal office/shop conditions. Specifics: Weather: Regular exposure to natural and potentially extreme weather conditions. Dust: Regular exposure to dusty conditions outdoors. Hazards: Regular exposure to poison ivy and insects. Other: Regular exposure to mammal and bird study skins and mounts, occasional exposure to preservatives for laboratory specimens. Protective clothing and equipment is required as it pertains to the particular job duty: Microshield Protective gloves: leather, latex Safety glasses
-Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years old -Education: Bachelors degree in biology, ecological sciences, environmental education, or closely related field. -Experience: Three (3) years in environmental education, natural resources, parks and recreation, or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. -Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED; all licenses/certifications must be obtained within one year of employment. NAI certification a plus.
Application Procedure: Apply online: https://kaneforest.com/careers
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