The Nature Conservancy Lead Restoration Technician in Illinois


Franklin Grove, IL

IL 404


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Lead Restoration Technician will help manage and restore tallgrass prairie at Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000 acre preserve near Dixon, IL. The Lead Restoration Technician will work as part of a crew to remove invasive species and hand-collect native seeds. The Lead Restoration Technician will also operate various types of equipment. As the Leader, the Restoration Technician will occasionally work independently on projects with various equipment, including chainsaws, tractors, and skid loaders with various attachments. Restoration Technicians will not operate this type of equipment. Full-time job, short term position. Compensation includes on-site housing (one technician per room). No pets permitted. High speed internet available at headquarters.


  • Hand-harvest native seeds.

  • Remove invasive species.

  • Maintain bison fence and buildings.

  • Set up for visitor and member events.

  • Repair and maintain equipment.


  • May interact with visitors.

  • Works and interacts with volunteer stewards.

  • Receives direction and guidance from supervisor but works in field without direct supervision.

  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience

  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. chainsaw, tractor, skid loader, herbicide sprayer, etc.)

  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).


  • Course work in ecology or experience with natural areas restoration.

  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.

  • Ability to work and live in a team environment.


Full-time, short-term position starting on March 6 and concluding on November 17, 2017.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 450001

Salary: $10/hour


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Job Title: Lead Restoration Technician

Location: Illinois

Job ID: 45153

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time