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Restoration Technician

Aurora IL

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



SUMMER HOURS: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

All candidates must apply on-line at:



Under direct supervision of the Restoration Ecologist, 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.




• 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, and installation and harvest 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.

• Shall occasionally be required to paint, spray herbicide, oversee intern projects, data entry, and vegetation inventory and monitoring.

• Shall assist with the general maintenance and upkeep of department buildings.

• Participates in native plant propagation efforts (greenhouse, hoophouse, and garden).

• Occasionally may be assigned to oversee work performed by contractors.

• 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.

• May work irregular hours, including weekends, evenings.

• 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.

• Establishes positive relationships with community and preserve users.

• Provides input during the budget preparation process.

• Maintains required logs and work lists, provides progress reports, etc.



• Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old

• Education: Associates degree in ecology, botany, natural resource management, land management, or closely related field; Bachelors 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 Operator; S-130 and S-190 Prescribe Burn or equivalent; all licenses/certifications must be obtained and maintained within one year of employment.


Posted March 15, 2017

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