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Rare Plant Monitoring & Native Seed Collection Seasonal

McHenry County Conservation District

Woodstock ,  Illinois


The McHenry County Conservation District is currently seeking a seasonal to help in monitoring the status of rare plant species and in collecting and processing native seed from District sites.    


Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Use established protocols to monitor the status of rare, state listed, and federally listed plant species on District sites.
  • Collect and process native seed from prairies, wetlands, and woodlands on District sites.
  • May coordinate volunteers to assist in monitoring and seed collection/processing duties.
  • May also assist in: baseline plant surveys, quantitative plant community monitoring, mixing seed, seeding projects, herbarium specimen preparation, and providing assistance with controlled burns. 
  • Indoor activities may include: completion of paper monitoring forms, data entry, and data analysis. 
  • Maintains an awareness of worker safety guidelines and standards and applies these in performing daily activities and tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Qualifications for this position include:

  • Applicants should be in the process of obtaining a Bachelors degree relating to the field of biology or natural resources; or possess equivalent education and experience working in the field of biology or natural resources.
  • Knowledge of Midwestern native plant communities, and native plant identification and terminology skills preferred.
  • Volunteer coordination and training skills preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, ArcMap GIS software, and in utilizing GPS units.
  • Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to drive a motorized vehicle to perform various job related functions.
  • Driving a district vehicle is a requirement to perform the job responsibilities. Therefore, must be able to pass a work related pre-employment drug screening.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


Involves work in all outdoor weather conditions as well as some indoor work.  Work involves regular heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs).  Prolonged periods of time spent walking, sitting and standing.  The individual is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. Requires a sighted individual to accurately identify plants, collect seed, and process seed.  This work also requires an individual with normal hearing for interacting with employees and public.  Possible work hazards include use of power equipment (i.e. string trimmers, atv, etc), loud noise from seed processing, smoke inhalation from controlled burns and contact with nature (i.e. bees, insects/spiders, poison ivy, etc.). 

WORK PERIOD:  22.5 weeks starting May 22, 2017. 40 hour work week Monday through Friday.

CLOSING DATE:  3/1/2017

APPLICATION: Applicant must complete an online application located at  

Questions: Contact HR at 815-338-6223 x1237.

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