Natural Areas Technician

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Chicago, IL


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Published Date

Feb 10, 2021

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Job Description
The Chicago Park District is now hiring seasonal positions on the Natural Areas Crew. The Natural Areas Crew is responsible for ecological restoration and community engagement support across the majority of the South and Southeast Side natural areas. Duties include invasive species management; Nature Play construction and maintenance; native plant installations; prescribed burns; and community and volunteer stewardship support. Candidates must be able to perform manual labor and be comfortable working in all weather conditions. Candidates will be required to obtain a pesticide license and apply herbicides. Interested applicants must apply online by Sunday, February 21st.


Duties & Responsibilities:

-Under general supervision, oversees one or more Chicago Park District sites and carries out as well as oversees and instructs personnel in the restoration and maintenance of natural areas and parks.

-Carries out tasks and activities related to prairie, wetland, woodland and other natural community ecological restoration and stewardship.

-Assists with environmental education programs and community outreach events.

-Performs other land management tasks as needed.



*Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences (Ecology, Environmental Science, Botany, Biology, Forestry) or equivalent experience is desired, however- coursework in Ecology, Horticulture, Botany, Biology or related field, supplemented by a minimum of two years of experience performing ecological activities, overseeing a crew; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

-Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of ecological restoration.

-Considerable knowledge in plant identification.

-Skill in the safe operation of equipment and machinery used in land management and ecological restoration.

-Ability to communicate effectively with the public and patrons and to work well with a diversity of park partners.

-Must be physically able to perform the duties assigned.

-Must be able to lift >50 lbs.

-Must hold a valid Driver's License.

-Valid Illinois Pesticide Applicator License or ability to obtain one.

-Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Training certification.

-Must be able to work effectively in a team environment and lead by example.

-Must be a Chicago resident.


Interested applicants must apply online by Sunday, February 21st.


Top right on the website, click "Jobs', then scroll and click on "Seasonal Jobs" to view listing under the title "NATURAL AREAS TECHNICIAN (SEASONAL) - 2100007".