Natural Resources Technician

Natural Land Institute

Rockford, Illinois

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $40,000 - $45,000
Deadline May 01, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Objective: To assist the Director of Stewardship with stewardship at Natural Land Institute’s preserves, monitor conservation easements, assist the Director of Stewardship with developing management plans and evaluating ongoing restoration efforts, as well as help cultivate volunteer land management initiatives on lands owned by the Natural Land Institute primarily in the Rockford area. Candidates with a degree in Natural Resource Management, Biological Sciences or equivalent are preferred.


  • Assist with natural areas management, including invasive species control, prescribed burning, seed collecting, native plantings, plant propagation, and planning of management on NLI preserves.
  • Annually monitor and prepare monitoring reports for NLI’s conservation easements and preserves.
  • Supervise staff and volunteers under the direction of the Director of Stewardship.
  • Additional tasks may include bird, mammal, herptile, insect, macroinvertebrate, and vegetation monitoring and inventories along with database entry and development.
  • Work with volunteers on natural resource management projects at NLI properties
  • Prepare maps and exhibits for NLI preserves and conservation easements under the direction of the Director of Stewardship.
  • Maintain and service facilities and equipment as needed.
  • Maintain monthly activity records detailing accomplishments.
  • Prepare for donor/public events hosted by the Natural Land Institute. 

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of Illinois flora and fauna, especially in northwestern Illinois.
  • Candidate should be detail oriented, well-organized, personable, friendly and able to interact and work closely with diverse stakeholders while representing NLI
  • Candidate must have 2 years related field experience carrying out listed job responsibilities. 
  • Candidate should hold a degree in natural resources management, biological sciences or a closely related field, and field experience is recommended.
  • Candidate should have the ability to physically implement natural resource management tasks, including walking over uneven and difficult terrain, or carrying heavy items such as seed and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Possession of or ability to acquire an Illinois Pesticide Applicator License.
  • Possession of or ability to acquire NWCG S-130/S-190 Wildland Firefighter Training certificates and/or Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager certification.
  • Ability to competently and safely use and maintain equipment needed in restoration activities, including skid steers, tractors, UTVs, pumps, chainsaws, clearing saws, etc.
  • Candidate must hold a clean driving record. 

Please send completed resume, cover letter, and three references to the attention of Zach Grycan, Director of Stewardship at info@naturalland.org  by May 1, 2024. 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Botany , Restoration
Tags Wildland Firefighter