Work involves operating equipment and performing manual labor in the maintenance of turf, trees, roads, parking lots, streams, trails, and storm sewer systems in District preserves. This position assists Forestry Workers with all arboricultural practices applied on district lands. Proper arboricultural practices ensure the safety of all forest preserve users while maintaining healthy trees for future generations to enjoy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- General tree maintenance including tree removals, trimming, storm damage, and cabling
- River clearing
- Turf restoration and grading
- Tree inventory using GPS/GIS system
- Tree and shrub planting, irrigation, and mulching
- Assist with nursery management
- Position is assigned to the Forestry Crew; however, as this position is a general all-around position, transfers may occur to various crews as the need arises
- Perform other duties as required
Education and Experience Required
Related Experience: One (1) year experience in the operation and maintenance of equipment that relates to grounds maintenance. Candidates with Forestry and/or Arborist experience is preferred.
Special training or other license, certification, etc.: Illinois Department Of Agriculture Pesticide Operators License; Blood Borne Pathogen training; First Aid / First Response certification, CPR training, ability to obtain Midwest Ecological Prescribed Burn Certification or equivalent within 2 years of employment, ability to obtain a Class A (CDL) Commercial Driver’s License (with air brakes and tanker endorsements) within six (6) months of employment. Pursuant to OSHA 1910.134, physicals are required for job assignments that fall under the District’s Respiratory program. Valid driver’s license required. Ladder and fall prevention safety; Aerial Rescue Training, Aerial Lift Training.
Knowledge of: Landscape maintenance, construction, and installation; turf management; maintenance and construction of asphalt and gravel surfaces; occupational hazards and proper safety precautions; safe handling of herbicides and pesticides; GPS/GIS applications.
Skills In: Identification of trees, shrubs, native grasses, wildflowers, and exotic weeds for horticulture aspects of preserve management; safe and proper operation and maintenance of a variety of grounds equipment; performing manual labor tasks; understanding and following verbal or written instructions; maintaining effective working relationships.
Hours & Schedule: 6:45AM-3:15PM, Monday-Friday (may include weekends)
Compensation: $34,597 - $46,130
Comments: Uniforms provided, safety boot and safety glasses allowance.
Working Environment: Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Equal Employment Policy: As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County complies with Federal, State, and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. The Forest Preserve District makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sex (wages), genetics, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, retaliation, or other unlawful considerations.
*Applications must be filled out to their entirety, including the electronic signature, to be considered for this position. Resumes may be included but are not accepted in lieu of the application.
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County RP089 is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled