Job Title

Natural Areas Ecologist


Waukegan IL, West Chicago IL, and Silver Lake WI

Duties and Responsibilities

ILM is looking to hire at multiple levels of experience at multiple locations.  ILM offers year-round full-time employment, 401K, Insurance, and a lot of opportunity to grow.  We are looking to fill entry level positions up to Crew Leads.

ILM Natural Areas Ecologist are involved in all aspects of the execution of the habitat restoration services that ILM offers. This position has diverse responsibilities that provide personnel a broad spectrum of learning opportunities while allowing them to hone their current skills.

This position requires 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.

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.


Waukegan IL, West Chicago IL, and Silver Lake WI


  • 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 70lbs.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of basic computer functions in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a wide variety of duties and responsibilities.
  • Willingness to work alone, as part of a team, and lead crews.
  • Ability to act and look professional while representing ILM.


Based on Experience


To apply, please email your resume to Jobs@ILMenvironments.com

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