Ecological Restoration Technician

Job Locations US-IL-Huntley
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RES is seeking people interested in a natural resources career as a Restoration Technician based out of our Huntley, IL office.


In the Midwest, RES provides a full array of ecological restoration and consulting services, stream and shoreline construction, wetland mitigation banking, and green infrastructure installation to clients in the private and public sectors, throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri.


A successful candidate for this position will be interested in gaining experience in the following areas: invasive plant species control, native plant and seed installation, stream and shoreline stabilization/construction, prescribed burning, and other types of habitat restoration. This position is full-time but depends on workload and weather conditions. Overtime hours will be required during peak periods. Depending on the project location, travel and overnight stay within the Midwest region may be required. The majority of work is outdoors, often in inclement weather and on rugged terrain. This position will require extended periods of standing, walking, and lifting heavy objects up to 50 pounds.


If you are looking to establish a natural resource career with an industry leader and want to contribute to constructing and restoring diverse native ecosystems, please consider applying.

What your day-to-day might look like?

  • Work with field crews to carry-out tasks related to ecological restoration and construction projects throughout a variety of ecosystems including prairies, wetlands, woodlands, and other natural communities.
  • Specific job tasks may include: native and invasive plant identification, herbicide application, selective mowing, brush and tree removal, native plant and seed installation, erosion control installation, and prescribed burning.
  • Depending on experience and proficiency, equipment operation and tools to conduct the above tasks may include the use of backpack sprayers, chainsaws, brush saws, ATVs/UTVs, tractors, skid steers, and heavy-duty trucks and trailers.
  • Assess native ecosystem health and communicate project needs and progress to the appropriate Restoration Supervisor or Operations Manager.
  • Interpret and utilize field maps, engineered plan sets, and specifications for project implementation.
  • Implement and follow the RES Safety Manual policies and procedures. Maintain a safe and clean work environment during all field and shop operations through organization, maintenance, and proper use of materials, equipment, and PPE.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and a positive attitude while communicating with supervisory staff, the public, and RES clients.


We would like to talk to you if you have many of the following:

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain an Illinois Commercial Pesticide Applicator/Operator license within the first three months of employment.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a FedMed Certificate and drive a DOT registered truck and trailer within six months of employment.

What will make you stand out?

  • A bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, zoology, botany, forestry, or other natural resource fields.
  • 1+ years of experience in the field conducting ecological restoration activities.
  • Strong native and non-native plant identification skills both herbaceous and woody.
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain all field equipment including but not limited to a backpack sprayers, chain saws, brush saws, ATVs/UTVs, heavy equipment, and trucks/trailers.
  • Prescribed burn experience and S130/S190/S290 certifications


VEVRAA Federal Contractor

RES is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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