Ecological Restoration Technician, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

Updated: 12 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 24 May 2021

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Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe IL
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Position Overview: Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, over half of the 385-acre campus includes a number of natural areas encompassing over half the garden acreage. This position is to assist two ecologists with management of two natural areas: the 15-acre reconstructed prairie and a mile reach of an urban river with the adjoining 22 acres of developing wetlands, prairie and savanna. The 15-acre prairie consists of six different types of prairie communities found in northeastern Illinois: mesic, wet, gravel and sand prairies, a fen and a bur oak savanna. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of both native and invasive plant species, to gain knowledge about restoration management, and to acquire skills required for such management. In this role technicians will be responsible for the following: • Removing invasive species, both woody and herbaceous, which includes applying herbicides, cutting and removing woody species, digging, mowing, raking and removing debris, deadheading; collecting and cleaning seed; maintaining a native seed nursery; dispersing seed; cutting and removing trees and brush; clearing paths and performing other activities related to the development and management of the natural communities. • Wading in river or lakes to remove shoreline invasive plants. • Preparing burn breaks and participating in prescribed burns, if conducted. • Operating small power tools including mowers, hedge trimmers, water pumps, herbicide sprayers and hand tools. • Caring for garden vehicles, tools and machines. • Learning native flora observed in the field. • Coordinating with personnel in other departments related to work responsibilities. • Assisting with data entry, record keeping, other miscellaneous office work and organizational tasks as needed.
Our ideal candidate will have the following: • An associate or bachelor's degree in restoration management, conservation biology, ecology or a closely related field • Experience in restoration management or closely related experience • Knowledge of native plant species in the Chicago area or a proven ability to learn plants species • A proven strong work ethic • An ability to function well in both team and individual work situations • Strong communication skills • An Illinois pesticide license or willingness to obtain one. • Willingness to apply herbicides • A Chicago Wilderness burn certificate or willingness to obtain one and to participate in prescribed burns • A valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Physical Demands: The ability to work outside in inclement weather (mosquitoes, bees, rain, potential allergens) for long periods of time doing physically demanding work. The ability to lift and carry 30 pounds; ability to carry a 40-pound backpack (burn water pack).
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Joan O'Shaughnessy
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