Open Positions – Restoration Specialists

The Northwest Illinois Land Stewardship Co-op (“NISC”) is seeking two full time Restoration Specialists. These positions will form the Invasive Species Strike Team, which is responsible for the management and eradication of invasive species on sites owned or managed by members of the NISC. NISC is a collaboration of 9 public and private organizations in northwest Illinois that works to address pressing and urgent natural areas management concerns across jurisdictional boundaries and service regions. The Strike Team will be based in Stockton, Illinois or Freeport, Illinois and will work on some of NISC’s conservation areas located in Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle, Stephenson, and/or Winnebago Counties, Illinois. Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (“JDCF”) is serving as the fiscal agent for the Invasive Species Strike Team project and the Restoration Specialists will be employed by JDCF.  A full job description can be found here –  2018 Strike Team Position Description.

The Restoration Specialists will implement invasive and exotic plant management control methods using integrated pest management strategies, including mechanical, chemical, and prescribed burning methods. The Restoration Specialists will also be responsible for designing and leading various educational and outreach activities aimed towards the general public across the northwest Illinois region as opportunities arise.

To apply, send résumé and cover letter to, or

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation
Attn: Jim Johannsen
PO Box 216
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

Applications will not be accepted later than June 30, 2018.

Upcoming Events

Potluck & Program: JDCF’s Native American Connection

July 10 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for a potluck and program featuring our own Executive Director, Steve Barg, as he discusses JDCF’s Native American connection through conservation of heritage sites and building relationships with tribal descendants.  If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  If attending […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound on Saturday, August 11th from 7-11 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors before the sunset ushers in the celestial show! The event will be cancelled if it is raining, so please check […] Read More

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Fall Forest Hike

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries & nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00- 3:00pm at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will […] Read More

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Critters of the Night

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member […] Read More

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