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Natural Resources Technician
Category: Horticulture

The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014

Natural Resources Technician

The Morton Arboretum

Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt

Department: Collections and Facilities

Position Summary:  Perform a variety of duties relating to the maintenance and restoration of woodland, wetland, prairie, and aquatic natural areas.

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. 9+ months of experience required. In lieu of this, some combination of education and experience in natural resources management
may be acceptable. Ability to identify major plant genera, field identification, growth characteristics, and horticultural requirements of plants required. Strong interest in native plants and their proper culture and care. Ability to operate essential equipment and tools, and have a basic understanding of them, including their care and maintenance. Must be able to obtain and maintain an Illinois Pesticide Operator's License within 30 days of hire. Must be able to obtain a Class C Commercial Driver’s License, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report, within one year of hire. Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with Gmail and other Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors:
Excellent physical condition. Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions. Willingness to work alone or as part of a team. Strong communication skills with the ability to provide guidance and give direction to volunteers and seasonal employees. Ability to learn basic GIS mapping and GPS technology skills. Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

• Physical Demands: Requires regular physical activity: limited lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted), and carrying (up to 50 lbs.), bending, pushing and pulling. Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment required.
• Environment: Arboretum grounds. Work is performed primarily outdoors.
• Equipment: Herbicide and related application sprayers and equipment, prescribed burn equipment, equipment to control invasive species, landscape equipment, snow removal equipment, Cushman cart, van, front-end loader crew truck, utility vehicle, two-way radio, general office equipment.
• Schedule: Work requires occasional evening and weekend hours.

If interested, please forward cover letter, salary requirements, and resume or application, to The
Morton Arboretum, Human Resources, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, 60532-1293, or email

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse

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