A typical day in the life of a remediation officer in the Greater Chicago area: Wake up at 5:00am for work at 6:00am. Meet with the team, and travel in the work truck to one of your sites. Once arrived, put on enough sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun despite sweating, and enough bug spray to make your eyes water. You will then fill your applicator backpack with herbicide, and go out into the site to identify and spray invasive species in preserve areas and riverine marshes. This position allows you to learn flora species swiftly, due to full immersion. Co-workers and management often act as other sources for information, filling in blanks in one's knowledge. The most difficult aspect of the job is being outdoors 8 hours a day, no matter the weather- on the hottest days it could be a struggle. The most enjoyable part of the job is the amount that you learn in such a short time, as well as the people that you work with.
Experience, great benefits