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Seasonal Restoration Technician- IL

Seasonal Restoration Technician- IL

Promoting the value and function of native plants, Tallgrass Restoration works with its clients to foster sustainable landscapes ranging from forest preserves to private residences. We are looking for people with a common goal and commitment to make a positive impact on our environment while restoring and maintaining the health, integrity and beauty of our clients land and water resources. Our Seasonal Restoration Technicians join our full-time staff on a wide variety of ecological restoration projects from installing native plants, mowing, selective application of herbicide to invasive species, and more!

Tallgrass Restoration employs Restoration Technicians on a seasonal basis, when most manual labor-intensive projects are completed. Seasonal positions typically run April through November, however this is flexible. The preferred candidate will have a background in plant identification (native and invasive species), small tool/equipment operation and ecological restoration activities, as well as hold a State issued Pesticide Operators License. Some may be required to obtain a Pesticide Applicators License.

Basic Function & Essential Duties
Participate in work teams to complete the installation of ecological restoration projects and provide stewardship activities. Job duties will include carrying out tasks related to prairie, wetland, woodland and other natural community restoration, installation, and stewardship. Specific job tasks may include:

  • Installing plants and seed
  • Mowing grass/brush
  • Cutting and piling brush
  • Invasive species control
  • Controlled prescription burning
  • Herbicide application utilizing backpack sprayer
  • Erosion control activities
  • Utilization of hand tools and small gas-powered machinery including chainsaws, weed whackers, walk-behind mowers and ATV
  • Utilization of tractor with various attachments, driving truck and trailer combination, if necessary
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work schedule 35 to 50 hours per week, 4-6 days depending on weather and work load. Some overnights may be required, with per diem reimbursed to employees. Employees may be required to meet on site for some projects, with excess mileage expense reimbursed, so reliable transportation is needed.

Tallgrass Restoration is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Tallgrass Restoration will not discriminate against employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical), conviction record, arrest record, genetic information, military status, marital status, order of protection status, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, work authorization status, and unfavorable discharge from military service, all in accordance with applicable law.

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

Pay rate is based on experience, education, and certifications held. Base rate of pay is $16.00/hr based on experience, certifications held, and education. Tallgrass pays living wage ($18.75/hr) when working on our Forest Preserves of Cook County contract.

Required Experience:

  • Hands-on plant identification, small tool/equipment operation, and ecological restoration activity exposure
  • Ability to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, strong work ethic, courteous and positive attitude, team player mentality
  • Participation in controlled prescription burns a plus
  • Must be 18 or older

Certifications Required

  • State issued drivers license that is free from suspension or revocation during term of employment
  • Must be able to obtain state issued Pesticide Operators license within 30 days of employment

Physical Demands
Manual Dexterity Work requires regular speed and accuracy for most of the working day. Physical Effort Work requires heavy muscular effort or exertion, but not continuous. Employees shall be able to lift 50 lbs. Working Conditions Exposure to disagreeable conditions (outdoors in all elements) and use of personal protective equipment.

Employer paid registration and fees for work related classes and certification during employment, when required by employer. Tallgrass offers a 401k Plan after 120 days of employment with employer matching.

Tallgrass Restoration is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Additional Info

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Job Type : Seasonal

Experience Level : Entry Level

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