Might you (or someone you know) be the right person to represent and build Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves in northeastern Illinois?
Please help spread the word.
The kind of person the Friends are looking for might surprise you.
Yes, for sure, we're looking for someone who is deeply committed to biodiversity conservation. Yes, for sure, we're looking for someone who - if they don't already have it - can quickly develop various kinds of expertise (see job description).
But the most important qualities are 1) to be on the ball, 2) to be generous, likable, and friendly to new people who might want to be engaged as partners and volunteers, and 3) to be ambitious - in a save-the-planet kind of way.
The Friends now have a Director and Southern Illinois Field Rep. This new position has huge potential for the right dedicated and ambitious person.
The Job Description (in a somewhat shortened and clarified draft, we thought, by Eriko Kojima and Stephen Packard) is below:
· Train, empower, and mentor leadership volunteers following the “quick study” work-learn-lead approach to stewardship. Staff and volunteers work together, sharing insights, skills, and information, which causes us to grow and to find this mission compelling.
· Support new and existing volunteer leaders and community members in land management, restoration, and stewardship activities. Work with community groups and individuals (especially potential leader and catalyst volunteers). Examples of land management and restoration work may include removal of herbaceous and woody plants, herbicide application, prescribed burns, and seed collection and dispersal.
· Recruit volunteers for restoration and stewardship. Focused on having strategic, effective, educational, and fun work events. Pay attention to everyone who comes. Stay in touch between workdays by text, email, phone, or in person meetings as needed.
· Support public outreach educational activities at nature preserves.
· Coordinate with staff and leadership volunteers in supervision of contractor work as requested.
· Attend and support public meetings, speaking on behalf of Friends and Nature Preserves. Collaborate with volunteers and other advocates to do the same.
· Lead and train volunteer stewardship at Nature Preserves according to the approved management plans for each site.
· With the Director, volunteers, and others, find additional resources for ecological restoration and land management tasks at Illinois Nature Preserves and Land and Water Resources.
· This position requires the ability to work in wilderness situations, hike for miles, and perform physical labor.
· Assist the Director with the development of grant funding applications and work plans for grant- funded projects.
· Work with the Director and volunteer leaders to strengthen partnerships with conservation organizations. Identify potential partnership organizations in the region.
· As appropriate, facilitate and attend partnership-building meetings and/or events.
· Passionate desire to make a difference in the world. Possessing a drive to facilitate a process by which large numbers of Illinois residents increasingly rally around and care for the Illinois Nature Preserves, biodiversity, and the planet.
· Personal commitment to biodiversity conservation.
· Ability to present information in an organized and accurate manner.
· Verbal and written communication skills.
· Ability to build and work with teams and collaborate with others in a friendly and supportive manner.
· Highly effective in a team environment; thriving when collaborating with others; possessing insight into human motivations; empathetically relates to the hopes and dreams of other human beings.
· Strong social and interpersonal skills including the ability to bring together people of diverse backgrounds,thoughts, and inclinations to foster community.
· Positive attitude, a self-starter, and patient when needed.
· Effective at working with others to solve problems
· Computer literacy, including use of the internet.
· A general knowledge of the Illinois Nature Preserve system.
· Working knowledge of Illinois ecology and land management and stewardship issues.
· Familiarity with plant and animal communities typical of Illinois.
For the current official job description, and to apply, click here.