The Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission is looking for two full time summer interns for Ecological Restoration.


This is a full time seasonal position that can run from May through September, 40 hours a week for 10 weeks. There is flexibility within the schedule; arrangements can be made to start and end earlier or later (please specify in the cover letter). Applicants are required to submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in the position, what you think you can bring to the position and how it might benefit your career/education along with an updated Bio. Our website is


         The daily duties and responsibilities will include:


  • 1 hour of intensive classroom and field education every day to include: Plant identification, best land management practices, safety practices, operating power tools, herbicide application, organization of resources and daily work schedules
  • Invasive plant management using a variety of tools including backpack herbicide sprayers, brush cutters and hand tools
  • Plant identification, seeding and planting plugs
  • Site watering of plugs
  • Organizing tools and daily work efforts
  • Interaction with residents, attendance at meetings with City and Park District officials
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of work results
  • Participation in planning and attending community wide educational events, summer camps and volunteer workdays

    The right candidate will:

  • Be a student working towards a Bachelor or Master Degrees in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Ecology, Natural Resources Management or a similar field
  • Have a familiarity with or the willingness to learn about prairie, woodlands and wetland ecosystems
  • Have pesticide applicator license or be willing and able to pass the Illinois Applicator Pesticide Exam within 2 weeks of starting
  • Have interest and/or familiarity in native plants and biodiverse ecosystems
  • Be in good physical condition and able to lift and carry 30 lbs and work outside in various conditions including heat
  • Be able to stay on his/her feet all day long and walk up to 3 miles/day with the equipment
  • Have a way to commute to the work site and be able to start every day at 7:00am
  • Must be able to complete a mandatory City drug test and background check
  • Have a good attitude and be a team player


Pay rate; $15.00/ hour


This is a golden opportunity to gain invaluable experience, education and grow as a person. In addition to a lot of hard work, the internship affords participants access to everything it takes to run a City commissioned, grassroots, all volunteer organization and accomplish amazing things beyond what would be considered possible. To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Commissioner Dana Sievertson at


Best of luck and we look forward to meeting you.




Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission

8 N. Elmhurst Road

Prospect Heights, IL. 60070

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