Apr 09, 2021

Restoration Crew Operator US-IL-Chicago Job ID 2021-1813

  • RES
  • US-IL-Chicago
Full/Part-Time Agriculture Construction Defense Engineering Environment Management Other

Job Description

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Restoration Crew Operator

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago Job ID 2021-1813 # of Openings 1 Category Field Operations

Overview

RES is the nation’s largest and most experienced provider of ecological restoration and water resource solutions. To date, we have restored over 328 stream miles, 58,024 wetland acres, and rehabilitated, preserved, and/or managed over 15,000 acres of special-status species habitats. RES operations include planting over 17,400,000 restorative trees and reducing over 267 tons of polluting nutrients. RES navigates and streamlines the environmental permitting process with solutions that balance economic development and ecological sustainability through the establishment of mitigation/conservation banks, permittee responsible turnkey mitigation, and corporate social responsibility projects.

 

RES is looking for applicants with prior experience in the ecological restoration field.  The job will consist of 100% field work ranging from invasive brush cutting, tree felling, equipment operation, planting, seeding, and maintenance of natural areas through herbicide application and equipment operations.

 

Work is seasonally steady and often will require over 50 hours per week. Some weekend work required during peak periods. Significant travel may be required for some projects throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and St Louis.  Travel with overnight stays of 2-6 night periods will be required for some job sites.

Responsibilities

  • Execute invasive brush clearing, tree felling, planting, seeding, erosion and sediment controls
  • Maintenance of natural areas through herbicide application and equipment operation
  • Perform restoration activities, including identifying and protecting native species, identifying and controlling invasive species and site clearing
  • Loading plant materials at nurseries and other suppliers
  • Learning to do plant counts, design and layout
  • Assist with projects related to:
    • Stream restoration
    • Stormwater
    • Restoration planting
    • Invasive plant removal/management
    • Landscape construction
    • Plant identification
    • Pruning and plant care

Qualifications

Required:

  • High School degree or equivalent
  • 2 or more years working in field operations or civil construction
  • Basic Plant Identification Skills
  • Prior experience spraying herbicide and the ability to study for and pass a test to become a licensed IL, IN Pesticide Applicator within 1 year
  • Ability to Travel up to 75% with overnight stays of 1-6 nights within the region.
  • Valid driver’s license required. 
  • Ability to think quickly and adapt required
  • Team player- able to operate and adapt within a team

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Horticulture, or a related field
  • Experience working on natural resource or water resource infrastructure projects
  • Prior experience performing native seed and plant installation, including erosion control measures
  • Excellent native plant ID, including winter woody plant identification
  • Experience with repair and maintenance of small engines and equipment is a strong plus
  • Prior experience driving large pick-up trucks and hauling trailers preferred

 

Physical Requirements:

 

Willing and able to perform and comply with the following items:

  • Strict adherence to safety protocols, including proper PPE requirements
  • Ability to lift or carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work outside in harsh and under adverse weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, snow, and exposure to insects including ticks and mosquitoes. Exposure to poisonous plants such as poison ivy.
  • Ability to walk long distances
  • Ability to undertake field work that includes, operating ATVs, tractors, skid steers, and trucks with trailers
  • Ability to safely operate chainsaws and gas-powered brush cutters & augers

 

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

 

RES is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

States

IL

Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

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