Job Title

Natural Areas Maintenance Technician


West Chicago and Waukegan, IL

Duties and Responsibilities

The Natural Areas Maintenance Technician has a strong working knowledge of invasive plant control (mechanical and chemical), seeding, planting, erosion control, plant monitoring and controlled burning.  Candidates must have the ability to identify native and non-native vegetation found in the Chicago region.

Natural Areas Maintenance Technicians work with other Technicians, Regional Managers, and Environment Managers to ensure productive operations.  Additionally, this position requires proper reporting of each day’s activities and hours of staff; safe, efficient, and accurate execution of daily tasks; using equipment appropriately and conducting maintenance as needed; leading crews on projects; and operating a GPS unit to identify work progress and for plant monitoring.


West Chicago and Waukegan, IL


  • Minimum 2 years experience in natural areas maintenance
  • 21 years of age or older and must have a valid state driver’s license, with clean driving record.  In the process of or ability to obtain an Illinois Class A Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Possess an Illinois Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Operators License, or the ability to obtain.
  • Possess a NWFG S130/S190 Burning certification, or the ability to obtain.
  • Familiar with the safe operation and transportation of vehicles, UTV’s, and specialized equipment.
  • Strong knowledge of herbicide; types, application methods, mixing, application equipment, and safety.
  • Ability to perform physical labor outdoors, requiring strength and endurance in all types of weather and terrain. Requiring the ability to lift 40lbs.
  • Knowledgeable in the use of basic hand tools and equipment (chainsaws, brush cutters, mowers, augers, water pump, etc.), as well as other specialized equipment used in Habitat Restoration.




To apply, please email your resume to:

Gregg Zink
(847) 244-6662