Land Stewardship Intern; Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

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Expected Dates

May 15, 2017 to August 11, 2017


Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF)

Galena, IL.

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation was founded in 1993 by a group of passionate, local citizens in Northwest Illinois. The Foundation accomplishes its mission of protecting and preserving significant lands through conservation and agricultural easements, acquiring preserves for public outdoor recreation, and providing community educational events. JDCF also promotes nature tourism in Jo Daviess County, and supports many other efforts that connect people to the land we all love. As the Land Stewardship Assistant, you will work with the Land Stewardship Director and the Invasive Strike Team staff to help maintain over 1200 acres of prairie/ woodland habitat and trails owned and operated by JDCF. Your position will focus on controlling invasive species, trail maintenance and mowing, prairie seed collecting, kiosk maintenance, equipment maintenance as well as surveying the local wildlife. You’ll be trained in the use of hand tools, herbicides, various herbicide sprayers, trucks, tractors, and small machinery (i.e. chainsaws, brush cutters, mowers) to complete these restoration duties. There will be travel to and from the many preserves as part of the position.

Educational and Recreational Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to work with volunteers, participate in educational outreach (example: Camp Casper), visit surrounding natural areas, and work on independent projects within the restoration. You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other land managers in the surrounding areas.

  • Objective: To reduce the occurrence of invasive species and increase cover and diversity of native communities.
  • Training Provided: Herbicide Use and Safety, Chainsaw and brush cutter Use/Safety/Maintenance, Small engine Use/Safety/Maintenance, Basic prescribed burning training, and proper care and handling of native plant seeds.
  • Educational Opportunities: Field experience and education will include aspects of prairie restoration and ecology, and plant and animal identification.
  • Baseline training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).


$8.25 per hour, 40 hours a week

Low cost housing is available

Driving Logistics

Valid driver’s license with clean record required

Date Flexibility

Flexible 1-2 weeks: Start or end date is flexible by 1-2 weeks

Work Environment

Outdoor, physically demanding

Email or Send Resume to:

Ryan M. Getz

Director of Land Stewardship

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

126 North Main Street, P.O. Box 216

Elizabeth, IL 61028

Office: 815 858-9100

Cell:815 990-7758

[email protected]