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