Illinois Nachusa Restoration Technician

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Dixon, Illinois, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

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The Illinois Nachusa Restoration Technicians will work together to manage and restore tallgrass prairie at Nachusa Grasslands. The work includes invasive weed management using backpack herbicide sprayers and hand spades, hand-harvesting native seeds, and assisting with native plantings. The Technicians will also assist with outreach events for visitors and volunteers; maintain public preserve areas; and repair and maintain tools and equipment.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • May interact with visitors.
  • Works with and interacts with volunteer stewards.
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.

This is a full-time (average 37.5 hours per week), short-term position with an hourly rate of $15.00 starting early May and ending mid-August with possible extension through fall. The position is located at Nachusa Grasslands Preserve near Dixon, IL and includes nice, clean on-site housing (one technician per room, high speed internet available at Headquarters, no pets).


The Nature Conservancy in Illinois is seeking Restoration Technicians to help manage and restore tallgrass prairie at the Nachusa Grasslands Preserve. This 4,000 acre preserve, near Dixon, IL, is home to more than 700 native plant species, 180 species of birds, and a herd of bison! The Technicians work together on a crew to restore agricultural lands back to high diversity prairie, wetlands, and savanna. The position affords the opportunity to engage in interesting, educational, and challenging outside work at a dynamic restoration project. This is an exceptional entry level position to learn what it really takes to do natural areas management and ecological restoration. If you enjoy being outside and interacting with people and nature, come join us today and help make a difference with the world’s leading conservation organization!


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).
  • Able to pass moderate pack test (2-mile hike with 25-pound pack in 30 min).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Course work in ecology or experience with natural areas restoration.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • Ability to work and live in a team environment.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation around the world!

For short-term positions, TNC offers a benefits package that includes: personal and sick leave; paid holidays; 401(k) eligible; access to learning and development opportunities; employee discounts through partner programs; and other life and work wellbeing benefits.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The starting pay for a candidate selected for this position is generally $15.00 an hour. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


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