Restoration Technician

Location
Aurora, Illinois (US)
Posted
May 29, 2018
Closes
Jun 15, 2018
Ref
Restoration Technician
Sector
Government
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type
Hourly

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Natural Resources Department is accepting applications for one (1) Restoration Technician.

 

DATE POSTED:                          MAY 29, 2018

WORKSITE LOCATION:            AURORA WEST FOREST PRESERVE, AURORA,IL

                                                   APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES WEST OF CHICAGO

HOURS/SCHEDULE:                LIMITED TO 40-HOUR WORKWEEK, INCLUDES WEEKENDS, NIGHTS AND HOLIDAYS.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:       JUNE 15, 2018

All candidates must apply on-line at: http://www.kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx

 

 

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 (including computer and plotter; tractors, mowers, chainsaw, clearing saw, edger, line trimmer; seed harvesting equipment; herbicide applicator; 5-yard and one-ton dump truck, backhoe, front-end loader; various hand tools; and pick-up truck); 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.