Seasonal Restoration Technician

Olson Ecological Solutions, LLC

Schaumburg, Illinois

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15 - $18
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
Technicians working among Cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis)

Who We Are

Olson Ecological Solutions (OES) is a woman-owned ecological consulting and restoration firm, serving federal, state, local, and private entities in the Upper Midwest Region. We specialize in wetlands, water quality of streams and lakes, and restoration of high quality native remnants and natural areas. We deliver solutions that provide natural storm water filters in rural and developed settings, such as rain gardens or constructed wetlands, including in river corridors, drainage systems, parks, and neighborhoods. The consultants at OES spend most of their time preparing watershed-based plans to prevent nonpoint source pollution from entering our streams and lakes, completing wetland delineations and the associated permitting, and designing best management practices (BMPs) and green infrastructure related to stormwater runoff. The restoration crew stewards natural communities in public open spaces, wetland mitigation sites, and forest preserves in the Chicagoland Region. Restoration Technicians spend most their time removing invasive species and encouraging the growth of native species in established and restored natural communities.

Job Description

Our ecological restoration team cares for natural areas mostly in the northern Cook County (Chicago region), positively impacting habitat and open space. The Seasonal Restoration Technician (Technician) is part of this team and provides ecological restoration services focused on the control of invasive species, mostly by selective herbicide application to targeted species growing among native plants. The team consists of staff members of Olson Ecological Solutions (OES) and a prime contractor. This is a seasonal position, typically from April through October. Students with a summer schedule within this range are encouraged to apply. Visit our Careers page for more information about the role and OES: http://www.olsonecosolutions.com/careers.html


  • Plant identification
  • Small tool and equipment operation
  • Be enthusiastic, courteous, cooperative, positive, and a team player
  • Must be 18 years or older


  • Be able to obtain and maintain a Pesticide Operator’s/Applicator’s license in multiple states (most likely Illinois, Indiana, and/or Wisconsin).
  • Hold and maintain a state issued driver’s license free from suspension or revocation


  • Work requires exposure to disagreeable conditions. Be willing and able to work outdoors on uneven terrain and in adverse weather and wetness conditions
  • Work approximately 37 hours per week, 5 days per week depending on weather and work load
  • Required to meet at work sites with personal vehicle
  • Use of personal protective equipment is required


The Technician must be able to perform the essential duties of this job as described below at the direction of the Crew Leader. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Herbicide application (backpack sprayer)
  • Grass/field mowing
  • Brush cutting, piling, and removing
  • Assist prescribed, controlled burning
  • Install native plant materials (plugs, seed, bare root)
  • Use small hand tools, gas-powered tools, and machinery (e.g. chipper, ATV, chainsaw, weed whacker, walk-behind mower)


When working on the Forest Preserves of Cook County contract, technicians will be paid no less than the Cook County Living Wage, which is currently $18.03/hr. We've found that our technicians spend approximately 96% of their time working under this contract, though this may vary slightly from year to year.

Additionally, we are offering a sign-on bonus that will be a minimum of $250 and will vary based on length of employment. The bonus will be awarded no sooner than 2 months after a technician's start date.


Please email your resume to Info@olsonecosolutions.com. An aplication will then be sent to you. 

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

Category Restoration, Botany
Tags Environmental Consulting