Advancement director opening at The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation is looking for a Director of Advancement to direct and overssee all development and marketing for the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organization headquartered in Naperville, Illinois.

Emphasis will be on major gifts, planned gifts, special events, membership development, annual giving and capital programs, and also oeprating/program grants. This person also will be responsible for marketing efforts of the organization including writen, printed, internet-based and social media communications, and volunteer management.

For more on the job qualifications, CLICK HERE. Application deadline is January 4, 2019 with a projected start date of March 15, 2019.

Submit your résumé to Brook McDonald, President/CEO at


Communications Specialist opening at The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is looking for a Development Communications Specialist to work in the Chicago office. This career opportunity is for a highly motivated, capable idividual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization.

Candidates will excel at strategy, project management, and team outreach, with excellent writing skills a must. The Speialist will work closely with colleagues in conservation, marketing, communications, and finance to ensure consistency of materials and foster collaboraation to engage donors.

For more details on the position and how to apply, CLICK HEREThe deadline for application is midnight EST December 24, 2018.


Stewardship leader needed at The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has a new position available: Indian Boundary Prairies Stewardship Leader, who will oversee the long-term and seasonal stewardship staff in the field, and assist in administration, grants, land protection, research, and other projects.

If you’d like more information about the position and how to apply, CLICK HERE. Deadline for applications is October 28, 2018.


The Nature Conservancy looking for community engagement director

The Nature Conservancy is looking for a Director of Community Engagementwho ill oversee the efforts of the Chicago Urban Conservation Program to get more area residents out in nature. This position oversees the stewardship partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Indian Boundary Prairies, and Illinois Nature Preserves.

For more information and how to apply, CLICK HERE. Applicatin accepted through November 18, 2018.


Executive director sought for Indiana’s Sycamore Land Trust


One of the fastest growing conservation groups in the Midwest is looking for an executive director to help with future growth. The Sycamore Land Trust covers beautiful, unglaciated southern Indiana hill country and is headquartered in the college town of Bloomington.

Sycamore Land Trust ha been protecting important natural areas and providing educational opportunities in southern Indiana for nearly 30 years.

The Executive Director will provide the vision and oversight for key program areas including land protection, land stewardship, and environmental education while overseeing six other full time staff.

For more information on the position and how to apply, CLICK HERE.



Conservation Fund hiring in Ann Arbor!

The Conservation Fund is looking for a Midwest Program Associate to work in its Ann Arbor, Michigan office.

Key responsibilities include managing the Ann Arbor Greenbelt program, which has protected over 5,000 acres of farmland and open space surrounding the City of Ann Arbor.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.


Land Stewardship Manager opening in Jo Daviess

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is looking for a full-time Land Stewardship Manager to manage nine preserves totaling 1,328 acres and work with partners to restore and manage the 180-acre Galena Gateway Park.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity and where to apply by CLICKING HERE. 


Land Steward opening at Illinois Audubon

The Illinois Audubon Society is hiring a Land Steward to lead the land management and stewardship functions of the organization.

The Land Steward will be responsible for implementing the Society’s Stewardship program and will work with the direction of the Executive Director and with staff, board, committees, and community members.

For more information on this job opportunity, CLICK HERE.

Cover letters and targeted résumés should be sent to



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