Be prepared for your next career move: Foresight Career Innovation Seminar.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under general direction of the Director of Resource Management or his/her designee, supervises and coordinates the Resource Management field crews engaged in a variety of tasks related to the removal of plant material and ecosystem land management projects on the District lands. Assists in the development and implementation of land management policies that accommodate the needs of the District’s natural resources; supervises activities of the District’s field personnel and trained volunteers engaged in on-the-ground maintenance and restoration that effectively restores the health, beauty and biodiversity of the District’s natural lands; regularly confers with District staff on land management issues; creates detailed contract specifications relative to vegetation management, compiles bid documents and executes the bid process in accordance with District procedures; resolves conflicts between staff, and other individuals or groups relative to vegetation management techniques and programs; oversees staff scheduling, work assignments and budget preparation for vegetation management activities; collaborates with other Resource Management Department staff on the prescribed burning program; collection of various data as it relates to the work; responsible for ensuring all facilities and equipment of the Resource Management field crews are maintained; coordinate safety and training activities for District staff, interns and volunteers, Resource Specialist II’s, crews and contractors in performing prescribed burns on District lands in accordance with prescribed standards, and assisting in preventing or suppressing wildfires; collecting seed and propagating plants; preparing areas for planting, sowing seeds, and planting native vegetation for ecological restoration; ensures that herbicides used to control invasive plant species are applied in accordance with prescribed standards; assists with fisheries and wildlife management projects; assists with special events at District nature centers; works closely with Volunteer Resources staff on various projects and assists with providing guidance and direction to volunteers; collaborates with the Resource Ecologist III regarding the ground work; represents the District on various committees with outside agencies and organizations.
- Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry, urban forestry, forest ecology, forest resource management, biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, or substantially similar area from an accredited college or university.
- Must possess a current valid driver’s license.
- Must possess eight (8) or more years of full-time work experience in arboricultural and/or other natural resources land management work.
- Must possess five (5) or more years of full-time work experience in a supervisory capacity in an organization with large scale operations, such as a park district, municipality, state park, forest preserve, or other similar organization.
- Must be willing to obtain within one (1) year and maintain the following certifications as a condition of continued employment: (1) a pesticide applicator’s license and (2) a certificate of completion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group course work S130/S190 OR a certificate of completion of the Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Burn Crew Member Training.
- Possession of a current valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License.
- Possession of a certificate of completion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group course work S130/S190 or a certificate of completion of the Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Burn Crew Member Training.
- Possession of a current Illinois Pesticide Applicator’s License or official documentation verifying that the examination has been taken and passed.
How to Apply:
Follow this link to Forest Preserve for Non-County Employees and apply online.