McHenry County Conservation District Richmond, Illinois
Job Type Student / postdoc


Gain more experience in the natural resources field as you build your resume in the Habitat Technician position. The Habitat Technician position a two-year, entry-level job offering fieldwork in conjunction with continuing educational opportunities. This position is intended for individuals who have completed their college degree within the last five calendar years, and is designed to provide practical training and experience in the field of ecological restoration. Individuals in this position will assist with land management projects as well as biological inventory and monitoring activities, in order to provide them with practical working experience and skill development in numerous aspects of the discipline of ecological restoration.


Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Assists in prescribed burns, brush cutting activities, and weed control activities.
  • Clears brush utilizing chainsaws and brush cutters.
  • Assists in the collection of native seeds, plants native seeds in restoration projects, conducts noxious and problem weed control with herbicide, biological control agents and through mechanical means as needed.
  • Carries out routine maintenance of equipment and maintenance of Natural Resources support facilities.
  • Transports natural resource management equipment for utilization in the field.
  • Participates in the process of the development and formulation of management plans.
  • Assists with biological inventories as needed.
  • Participates in continuing education and training opportunities.


Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to:

  • Graduation from a college or university within the last five years with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in either biology, ecology, zoology, or another natural resource related field.
  • Possess, or be willing to obtain, a USDA Pesticide Operator's license within three months of date of employment.
  • Possess, or be willing to obtain, prescription burn crew member training within the first year.
  • Basic knowledge of ecological principles, and natural communities/ natural history.
  • Basic knowledge of the natural history of Illinois and the Midwest.
  • Basic knowledge of the methods, practices and techniques involved in land restoration projects.
  • Familiar with Midwestern Ecological Communities.
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook software programs as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Possess a valid, current driver's license with the ability to drive a motorized vehicle to perform essential 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.  


Starting at $14.00 per hour plus benefits.



Applicant can locate an online application at Questions, contact HR at 815-338-6223 x1237. Accepting applications until the position is filled.

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