Indian Boundary Prairies Stewardship Leader – Markham, Illinois

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Markham, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Jun 2021

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The Nature Conservancy
Markham, Illinois
Job Category
Full time Positions
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The Indian Boundary Prairies Stewardship Leader (IBP Stewardship Leader) leads and participates in ecological restoration and management, and monitoring for the 358 acres owned and managed by the Conservancy in Markham Illinois; and oversees similar TNC participation in ecological restoration and management, and monitoring of the 110-acre Gensburg-Markham Prairie owned and managed by Northeastern Illinois University. Indian Boundary Prairies is part of the Chicago Urban Conservation Program which works to benefit for both people and nature in Chicago and Cook County by improving the function of urban natural areas, increasing access to and engagement with urban nature, improving community resilience and public health by deploying natural infrastructure, and improving overall urban biodiversity. All our work is done collaboratively with other leading agencies and organizations across Chicago and Cook County and conducted with priorities of environmental justice and social justice. She or he will report initially to the Urban Biodiversity Program Manager. The IBP Stewardship Leader leads work teams to ensure the planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of preserve management to ensure the effective participation of stewardship staff with community engagement. The IBP Stewardship Leader maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, coordinates the prescribed fire program, manages invasive plant species, harvests native seed for restoration purposes, monitors flora and fauna species, supports researchers onsite, maintains tools and equipment, operates tractor and skid loader and various attachments, and oversees the work of other long-term and seasonal stewardship staff and volunteers. Position maintains partnerships with other conservation landowners prioritizing knowledge sharing through the Calumet region and Chicago Wilderness forums. She/he conducts all programs in partnership with the IBP community engagement program and provides support to community engagement activities as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 3 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience managing volunteers or field stewardship staff. • Experience with natural systems and recognition of native and non-native plant and animal species. • Experience in ecological land management principles. • Experience operating, maintaining, and performing basic repairs to various types of equipment and machinery in a safe and efficient manner. Equipment includes: mower, chainsaw, ATV, tractor, skid steer with attachments, two-way radio, etc. • Experience and qualification in prescribed fire to the level of Single Resource Boss and/or experience with 50 prescribed fires. Experience working in a team environment exhibiting strong communication skills. • Must have a valid driver's license, and either have or have the ability to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application, S130-190). DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience and qualification at, or leading to, the level of prescribed fire boss (RXB2). • Multi-lingual and/or cross-cultural experience appreciated. • Supervisory experience. • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation. • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines. • Awareness of environmental and/or social justice related work. • Willingness to engage with local community members and partners to further the Conservancy’s mission. • Working knowledge of common software applications, e.g. Word, Excel, and Outlook. • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
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