The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Natural Resources Management Department is accepting applications for one (1) Restoration Technician.
DATE POSTED: MARCH 13, 2020
MILLCREEK GREENWAY FOREST PRESERVE, ELBURN, ILLINOIS
APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES WEST OF CHICAGO
HOURS/SCHEDULE: LIMITED TO 40-HOUR WORKWEEK, INCLUDES WEEKENDS, NIGHTS AND HOLIDAYS.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 27, 2020 All candidates must apply on-line at: https://www.applitrack.com/kaneforest/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?internaltransferform.Url
POSITION SUMMARY Under direct supervision of the Restoration Ecologist and Senior Restoration Technicians, the Restoration Technician performs a wide variety of assigned tasks and projects designed to improve the ecological health of District lands. May assist or mentor seasonals, interns and volunteers on day-to-day operational tasks.
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS Operations: • Assists with day-to-day restoration and enhancement tasks, 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 (including tracked skid-steers and tractors), application of pesticides, and harvest and installation of native seed. • 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, occasionally. • 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. • Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications. • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook.
Administration: • Establishes positive relationships with community, volunteers and preserve users. • Provides input during the annual planning and budget preparation process. • Maintains required logs and work lists, provides progress reports, etc.
QUALIFICATIONS • Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old • Education: Associate’s degree in ecology, botany, natural resource management, land management, or closely related field; Bachelor’s degree a plus. • Experience: One (1) year in natural resources, recreation, or closely related field; previous experience operating required equipment (see below); or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. • 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 and maintained within one year of employment.