Restoration Technician
The Nature Conservancy-Worldwide Office - Franklin Grove, IL

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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!

Position Summary

This is a great entry level position to learn what it really takes to do natural areas management and restoration. It offers interesting, educational, and challenging outside work at a dynamic restoration project. Applicants should be able to work well with groups of people in the field.

Under the supervision of the Nachusa Grasslands Project Director and Restoration Ecologist, Restoration Technicians are needed for prairie and savanna management and restoration at Nachusa Grasslands, a 3,200 acre preserve near Dixon, IL. Technicians will work with a crew to remove invasive species and hand-collect native seeds. We hand harvest seed to restore agricultural lands back to high diversity prairie, wetlands, and savanna on site. These are great opportunities to learn about plants and animals, and natural areas management with an emphasis on ecological restoration. There are many other tasks such as fence building, fence removal, maintaining and cleaning buildings, setting up for events for visitors and members, running errands, and repairing equipment.

This is a full-time job lasting through October. It includes on-site housing (no pets) and high speed internet is available at Headquarters.

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)

For example: "The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in applied science and 5 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination." The ideal candidate will have a bachelor degree and have completed course work in ecology or have experience with natural area restoration.