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Employment -- Job Opportunities
Forest Preserve - Full Time Manager/Restoration Ecologist



Full time

Position Description

The mission of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District is to "Acquire lands for the purpose of protecting, preserving and restoring the flora, fauna and scenic beauties of such lands, as nearly as may be, in their natural state and condition, for the education and recreation of our citizens."


The Forest Preserve District currently maintains and manages 20 forest preserve areas.


Under general direction of the Superintendent, Natural Resource Manager and Maintenance Supervisor, the Forest Preserves Manager / Restoration Ecologist independently and with along with Forest Preserve staff performs a variety of duties in the maintenance, natural resource management and operation of DeKalb County Forest Preserves. Work hours are 40 hours per week. About ½ the work will be buildings and grounds maintenance and ½ ecological preservation and restoration (in consultation with the Forest Preserve District Natural Resources Manager). Primary maintenance work responsibilities will be at the Central and Southern County Forest Preserves and occasionally assisting with projects /maintenance at other Forest Preserves. Natural Resource Management work will be at all Forest Preserves. Weekend work may be required.



  1. Maintenance of picnic and preserve and trail areas; litter pick up and trash disposal, mowing grass, maintaining trails, cut / split firewood, clean public shelter houses and toilet facilities, grade roads, plow snow and keep areas safe for public use. Quarterly water testing for safe drinking water.
  2. Repair and maintain equipment and forest preserve buildings and grounds; repair damaged property, help with land development and forest preserve improvement projects. Turn in monthly work reports and building and grounds monthly safety reports.
  3. Call DeKalb County Sheriff or local law enforcement assistance in preserves if needed.
  4. Other duties as assigned.



  1. Carry out seasonal tasks as outlined in forest preserve natural resource management schedules. Includes brush control, prescribed fire, controlled burns, forest, prairie and wetland planting, herbicide applications and non-native species control, seed collection and other tasks.
  2. Assist the Natural Resources Manager with assessment, inventory, monitoring and maintenance of the plants, plant communities and wildlife in Wetland Bank mitigations in regard to USACOE performance standards.
  3. Assist the Natural Resources Manager in updating land management schedules, and other ecological restoration tasks as assigned.
  4. Work with various civic and volunteer groups and Land Stewards Volunteers who assist with forest preserve land and habitat improvements.


Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Restoration Ecology, Biological Sciences, Botany, Environmental Sciences or a related field. A strong working knowledge of Midwest flora and plant communities is essential.

Minimum of 5 years of supervisory and / or managerial experience.
Requires experience in building and grounds maintenance, facility management and landscape maintenance.
Experience in operation of chain saws, mowers, trucks, tractors, skid steers, UTV's etc.
Experience with ecological restoration and best management practices.
General familiarity with personal computers, word processing and e-mail.


  • Requires a valid Illinois Class "A" Driver's License.
  • Requires ability to be on 24-hour call.
  • References required.
  • Pre - employment physical required.
  • Background check required.
  • Significant Abilities
  • Requires ability and dexterity for manual labor. Work can be strenuous. The candidate must be able to lift 50 + lbs.
  • Requires ability to be work well independently and with forest preserve staff and if needed to assist and be helpful with forest preserve visitors.
  • Requires ability to deal with non-routine situations.
  • Will be required to have prescribed fire and burn management certification and herbicide applicators license.

Pay range  $22.00 - $24.00 per hour


Health and Medical ( some employee contribution required)
IMRF ( Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) participation
Optional I.M.R.F. Life Insurance.
After 6 months employment, the employee may start accruing PHO's (paid hours off).


Please send a completed DeKalb County employment application (print out or on-line fillable) form, to:

DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
200 North Main St.
Sycamore, Illinois 60178


Applications and Resume due on or before December 15th , 2017

False or incorrect information may result in termination.