The Nature Conservancy opening in Minnesota

    The Nature Conservancy is looking to fill the position of Deputy Director of Habitat Protection in its Minnesota offices.

The Deputy Director provides technical leadership and support to the MN, ND, SD Chapter’s habitat protection team by planning, developing, and implementing conservation strategies, employing a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implementing a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.

For more information on the position and how to apply, go the The Nature Conservancy website here. The deadline to receive applications is Monday, August 6, 2018.


Restoration specialists needed at NISC

The Northwest Illinois Land Stewardship Co-op (“NISC”) is looking for two Restoration Specialists. These are full-time positions that will form the Northwest Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team, which will work on conservation areas in parts of Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, Winnebago, and Ogle Counties, Illinois. Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (“JDCF”) is serving as NISC’s fiscal agent for the Invasive Species Strike Team project.

 The Restoration Specialist eradicates invasive and non-native plants from conservation areas owned or managed by members of the Northwest Illinois Land Stewardship Cooperative. The Restoration Specialist will implement invasive, exotic plant management control methods using integrated pest management strategies. Control strategies will include manual, mechanical, prescribed fire, and chemical techniques. This position will use accurate and detailed data collection to plan and report invasive species management using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 

This may include one or more of the following functions: 

 Removes exotic species using manual, mechanical, prescribed fire, and chemical techniques 

 Documents stewardship activities and/or monitors species using computers and handheld electronic equipment 

 Assists with and serves as a Burn Boss on prescribed burns 

 Maintains tools and equipment 

 Assists with preparing reports and presentations 

 Assists with research and gathering of information on invasive species 

 Assist with designing and leading workshops and educational events for the general public. 


 Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field. 

 One or more years training in natural resource management or work in natural resource-related field. 

 Ability to identify invasive and non-native herbaceous and woody plant species. 

 Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment, including chainsaws, herbicide applicators, tractors, trucks, trailers, and ATVs. 

 Ability to lead educational and outreach activities geared toward the general public as needs arise. 

 Ability to perform arduous physical work in difficult terrain. 

Application deadline is Saturday, June 30, so if you’re interested in working in the Stockton or Freeport, Illinois areas, email a cover letter and resumé to Jim Johannsen, Director of Land Conservation



Wetlands Initiative looking for a development associate

The Wetlands Initiative has an opening for a Development Associate in Chicago that will be part of a small, collaborative fundraising and communications team that supports TWI’s regional ecological restoration projects.

This new full-time position with benefits will provide support to senior staff with a focus on the identification, cultivation, and stewardship strategy for individual donors capable of making gifts to the organization of at least $1,000.

For details on this position and to apply, CLICK HERE.


Lake County FP needs ecological restoration manager

Lake County Forest Preserves has an opening for Manager of Ecological Restoration at its offices in Libertyville.

The right candidate will be responsible for the land management program, and will perform research in wildlife conservation and community ecology, monitor assessment of plants, animals, insects, and abiotic systems, and perform ecoloigical restoration of lanbds, water, and ecosystem functions.

If you’d like more information on this position, CLICK HERE to find out how to apply. Deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018.



Conservation Technician opening in Wisconsin

A great opportunity awaits the right candidate in Washington County, Wisconsin, for a Conservation Technician in the Lanad & Water Conservation Division.

The selected candidate will provide local farmers and landowners with technical assistance on matters related to soil and water conservation, implementing State Agricultural Performance Standards, Nutrient Management, Conservation Planning, and other field Best Management Practices.

If you’re interested, you’ll find more on the position and how to apply HERE. The job posting closes Thursday, May 31, 2018.


Watershed manager opening in Naperville

The Conservation Foundation is looking for a full-time Watershed Education and Outreach Manager to implement and expand outreach campaigns and events, coordinate technical workshops, update and maintain organization websites, and make public presentations on behalf of the DuPage River, Salt Creek, and Lower DesPlaines River watershed areas.

The Conservation Foundation has helped preserve nearly 33,000 acres of open space, cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.

Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties.

For more details on this position and how to apply, download the job description here.


Summer internships at Grand Prairie Friends

Grand Prairie Friends is looking for two seasonal support positions for this summer in ecological stewardship and management of natural areas in east- central Illinois.

These internships are for anyone 18 and older interested in environmental conservation, natural lands management, ecologicala restoration, plant identification, and the preservation of Illinois natural areas.

For more information on these openings and how to apply, CLICK HERE.


Wildlife Biologist opening at Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is looking for a biologist to assist in the continued development and expansion of the Big Rivers initiative.

The biologist will be responsible for DU’s conservation program oversight in portions of Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri, and may assist in other portions of DU’s Big Rivers Initiative.

The selected person will be based out of the St. Louis metro area in an office location with other DU Big Rivers staff.

If you’re interested in applying, download the job details and application information here.



Land Stewardship Manager opening at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation


Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is looking for a Land Stewardship Manager for this nonprofit conservation land trust preserving more than 5,800 acres of land in the beautiful Driftless Area of Jo Daviess County.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Land Conservation. Responsibilities include the stewardship, management, ecological restoration, and maintenance of public access of JDCF’s properties.

Download here a detailed job description and information on how to apply.


Heartlands Conservancy opening in southern Illinois

Heartlands Conservancy is looking for a dynamic and creative professional to advance the organization’s reach within souther Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The engagement Programs Coordinator is a part-time position at 20 hours per week, focused on coordinating Heartlands Conservancy’s Engagement and Education Program, communications, and outreach efforts.

For more information and how to apply, CLICK HERE.