Restoration Supervisor
National Audubon Society, Inc. - Evanston, IL

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Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

Restoration Supervisors are needed to supervise the management and restoration of prairies, savannas, wetlands, and woodlands in the 68,000 acres of Cook County forest preserves.

Our season runs late May through the end of November. There is some flexibility in the start and end dates (please specify availability in cover letter) including summer only positions; this is a great way to learn natural areas management. Preference will be given to experienced candidates and those able to work through November. 

Essential Functions:

Restoration Supervisors will:

• Supervise the management and restoration of prairies, savannas, wetlands, and woodlands in the 68,000 acres of Cook County forest preserves.

• Lead small groups on projects developed in collaboration with Audubon and Forest Preserve District staff and volunteer Master Stewards.

• Conduct brush and weed management by using a wide variety of tools including backpack herbicide sprayers and chainsaws.

• May assist with seed gathering, seed planting and controlled burns.

Applicants must have a commitment to conservation, strong work ethic and ability to work productively leading a small team. 

Qualifications and Experience: 

• Ability to creatively solve problems.
• Ability to quickly learn to safely use basic maintenance tools, including chainsaw, restoration experience strongly preferred.
• Ability to follow instructions, make independent decisions, and maintain work ethic and team spirit.
• Ability to quickly study and pass Illinois herbicide applicator test.
• Experience in habitat restoration and with GPS/GIS preferred.
• Must possess the ability to communicate in an effective and organized manner.
• Ability to interact with preserve visitors and to convey basic preserve information.
• Ability to motivate and lead a small team.
• Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult terrain while maintaining a positive attitude.
• Excellent judgment is a necessity.
• Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some weekend days, if needed.

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National Audubon Society is committed to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit...