Manager of Ecological Restoration

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Manager of Ecological Restoration

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Full-Time Position
Location: Libertyville, IL
Salary Range: $79,088 - $98,859 - $118,631
Application Deadline: Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The Manager of Ecological Restoration is responsible for the Land Management Program, including performing research in wildlife conservation and community ecology, monitoring and assessment of plants, animals, insects, and abiotic systems, and performing ecological restoration of lands, waters and ecosystem functions. Provides leadership in the development of strategic conservation partnerships to achieve natural resource conservation goals. Supervises full-time staff and consultants.

Develops plans and prioritizes short- and long-term ecological goals and metrics for assessing the impacts of ecological restoration and management within the District’s Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas and Ecological Complexes. Leads, directs, and implements major ecological restoration projects and land management programs, including invasive woody and herbaceous plant management, wildlife management, hydrological restoration, farmland management, and reforestation. Manages, directs, and conducts ecological research, including areas of wildlife conservation, restoration ecology, and rare plant conservation, that advances the ability for the District to successfully restore and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Performs recruiting, supervision, evaluation and training to ecologists. Manages and directs all ecological monitoring, including coordination and collaboration of staff resources, development of protocol, participation in field monitoring, assessment of findings and incorporation of findings into an adaptive management strategy. Provides oversight for and participates in the implementation of the burn management program. Prepares budget recommendations for the Director, reviews funding obligations (such as meeting grant requirements), reviews contracts and agreements, and prepares, reviews, seeks authorization and oversees administration of grant applications. Coordinates and works closely with the Manager of Landscape Ecology and Superintendent of Natural Resources to implement programs, delegate staff resources, and prepare budgets. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting. Performs lifting tasks up to 50 pounds.

Master’s degree, in ecological restoration, botany, wildlife conservation, natural resource management or other closely related field with experience conducting ecological assessments. Seven years of experience planning and conducting ecological monitoring in Midwest ecosystems and conducting ecological restoration and land management. Five years of supervisory experience. Full understanding of plant communities native to northeastern Illinois and methods for restoration of damaged ecosystems, endangered species monitoring, knowledge of the standard sources of information in natural area management and restoration ecology. Knowledge of proven approaches and strategies for planning, designing and implementing ecological restoration. Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the restoration and management of natural areas. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions. Proficiency in the preparation of grant applications, contracts, agreements and budgets. Analytical skills necessary in order to plan complex natural resource projects, understand and interpret scientific literature and reports. Ability to exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions. Skilled in statistical interpretation, synthesis of literature, and research design. Proficient in the use of Geographical Information Systems to plan and track conservation and ecological/biological monitoring, restoration and management actions. Must possess valid driver’s license.

Interest in Forest Preserve employment can only be expressed by submitting a Forest Preserve Employment Application. Applications are accepted online at Applications are accepted only for posted positions. A completed application must be submitted by Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, we manage more than 30,800 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all people. Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 205 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, ponds and lakes for fishing, public golf courses, historical and cultural venues, public access to the Fox River and Lake Michigan and award-winning nature and history education programs and events.
Date Posted: May 18, 2018

Lake County Forest Preserve District
Laurel Diver

1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

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