Position:

Naturalist

Biology

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in one of the field biological or environmental areas

OR

    • At least 4 years experience in ecological land management and restoration activities, with increasing levels of responsibilities

OR

    • Equivalent combination of education and experience

Departmental acceptable requirements:

  • Prescribed burning experience and NWCG certification(s), or willingness to learn and use.
  • Skill in identifying Midwest US plant species, or willingness to learn.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

  1. Ability to work out of doors in all seasons
  2. Awareness of environmental and/or social justice related work

(Each position requires a background check.)

Salary:

$48,000 - $52,000 per year

Hours:

To Be Announced.

(Hours may vary depending on departmental needs)

Appointment:

100%

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and executing a management, stewardship, and ecological restoration plan and for aiding in research, educational, and community outreach programs at Gensburg-Markham Prairie. Located in Markham, Illinois, this 110-acre tallgrass prairie remnant is a Dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve and a National Natural Landmark.

Site Stewardship & Ecological Restoration (50%): Make management decisions based upon accepted ecological principles; collect and distribute native plant seeds in an effort to accelerate the restoration of disturbed plant communities; translocate and monitor imperiled plants and animals; remove and herbicide invasive plant species that have encroached upon the preserve; assist in planning and execution of prescribed burning of the preserve.

Education and Outreach (20%): Provide on-site public lectures and trail guide service; participate in seminars sponsored by colleges and professional organizations. Direct public relations activities involving the local community, municipal and public utility representatives, and print and electronic media.

Research activities (15%): Collect and analyze scientific data required for management, assist with monitoring plants of concern; support curation of specimens; seek external funding to conduct conservation-related research and activities at Gensburg-Markham Prairie and in the Chicago Wilderness region.

Site Maintenance (15%): Maintain an accessible trail system, repair fences, install signs, and maintain tools and equipment. Coordinate such maintenance with partner institution The Nature Conservancy and local municipalities and organizations.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Gensburg-Markham Prairie is overseen by the Department of Biology at Northeastern Illinois University. Founded in 1867, Northeastern enrolls about 7,000 students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, the College of Business and Technology, and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs. The Department of Biology at Northeastern serves 300+ undergraduate majors, 50+ minors and 30+ graduate students. Research and teaching interests of faculty in the department range from ecological to organismal and molecular. For further information, contact Dr. Jennifer Slate, Chair of the Biology Department at Northeastern Illinois University, at jeslate@neiu.edu

To apply:

Submit the following to CS-Employment@neiu.edu:

If you have any questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at (773) 442-5200, or email us at CS-Employment@neiu.edu. Please visit the State Universities Civil Service System website for general information. NEIU Employment Services reserves the right not to consider any application on the basis of incomplete information/documents, delay in submission, and disqualifications under the rules of State Universities Civil Service System. Employment Services, however, assures that your application will be duly reviewed on the basis of the classification(s) in which you qualify and, accordingly, will inform you of their decision.

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021. Preference will be given to applications received on or before this date. 

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.