The Lake County Forest Preserves is currently searching for a Stewardship Ecologist II. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Natural Resource Department’s volunteer programs including stewardship, monitoring and the native seed nursery. Develops programs for recruitment, training, mentorship and recognition. Constructs stewardship programs that are scalable as program development and volunteer resources continue to grow. Cultivates close alliances and partnerships with other conservation organizations within the county to grow and support natural areas volunteer programs. Works closely with ecological staff on priority Ecological Complexes and natural areas within the District’s Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas. Develops metrics and analysis of volunteer participation, efficiency and effectiveness. Work schedule includes evening and weekend hours.
Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, botany, resource management or related field. Five years’ experience overseeing volunteer programs, volunteer recruitment and natural areas management and monitoring. Knowledge of flora and fauna of northeastern Illinois. Knowledge of standard methods, materials, tools and equipment used in natural areas management and restoration. Some knowledge of standard plant and animal monitoring methods. Some knowledge of native plant propagation and native seed collection and processing. Willingness to regularly work on weekends to facilitate volunteers. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Ability to obtain an Illinois Public Applicator’s License within first six months of employment. Ability to obtain certificates in National Wildfire Coordinating Group wildland fire trainings I-100, S-130 & S-190 within one year of employment.
About Lake County Forest Preserves
LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES
As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, we manage more than 30,800 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all people. Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 205 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, ponds and lakes for fishing, public golf courses, historical and cultural venues, public access to the Fox River and Lake Michigan and award-winning nature and history education programs and events.
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