The Nature Conservancy Restoration Technician in Illinois


Franklin Grove, Illinois (IL)



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.


Restoration Technicians will help manage and restore tallgrass prairie at Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000 acre preserve near Dixon, IL. Technicians will work together on a crew to remove invasive weeds and hand-collect native seeds. These seeds are used to restore on-site agricultural lands back to high diversity prairie, wetlands, and savanna as part of an annual and ongoing seeding process. These are great opportunities to learn about plants and animals and natural areas management with an emphasis on ecological restoration. Interesting, educational, and challenging outside work at a dynamic restoration project. This is an ideal entry level position to learn about natural areas management and restoration. 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 orders and direction, but works in the field without direct supervision.

  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolation, 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

  • 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.


This is a full-time, short term position starting April or May 2017 through November 10, 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: $9.00 per 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: Restoration Technician

Location: Illinois

Job ID: 45152

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time