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Stewardship Technician

Rockford IL


To assist with natural resource management on lands owned by the Natural Land Institute across northwest Illinois, in order to support and uphold the Mission. H eadquarters are at Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Roc kton Rd., Rockton, IL. The selected candidate will report to the Director of Stewardship.



Assist with restoration, including invasive species control, native seed collecting and processing, native plantings, as well as plant propagati on/ cultivation in the greenhouse;

Perform handling of herbicides and mechanical equipment in an effort to control exotic and invasive species;

Annual site monitoring of and reports for fee owned lands and conservation easements on natural resource management projects at NLI properties.

Work with volunteers at NLI properties, and input all site based activities on LANDSCAPE program .

Maintain monthly activity reports and daily timesheets detailing accomplishments and keeping neat and accurate records;

Operate power tools and motor vehicles;


Desirable Skills:

Knowledge of Illinois flora and fauna, especially in northwestern Illinois

Candidate should hold or be seeking a degree in natural resources management or a closely related field, but significant field experiences may be substituted.

Prescribed Burn training such as the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Training or the US Forest Service S 130/190

Ability to use and experience with equipment needed in restoration activities, including tractors,

UTVs, pumps, chainsaws, clearing saws, etc.


This position requires possession of an Illinois driver’s license and willingness

This position requires possession of an Illinois driver’s license and willingness to acquire an Illinois to acquire an Illinois Department of Agriculture Department of Agriculture Pesticide Pesticide OperatorsOperators licenselicense within two months of employmentwithin two months of employment, and the, and the ability to physically implement natural resource management tasksability to physically implement natural resource management tasks..



Hours:  This is a full timefull time position with some weekends and evenings.position with some weekends and evenings. Annual starting salary is $31,000 for a 40 hour week. The position starts September 16th, 2019. The successful applicant will be required to work occasional weekends and evenings.


To apply:

To apply: Please send completed resume, cover letter, and three reference to the attention of Zach Grycan, Director of Stewardship at no later than August 21, 2019.

Posted August 7, 2019

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