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Restoration Technician

We are looking for a number of Restoration Technicians across the Chicago area.

Join an award-winning team and start your career in ecosystem restoration and doing something great for the environment – send us your resume.

Restoration Technician Duties and Responsibilities:

Entry level position performing extensive fieldwork on potentially difficult terrain and during adverse weather conditions. Work will include loading and unloading material and equipment from trucks and other vehicles; operating vehicles and other large equipment; performing brush or tree clearing and other site preparation activities using small engine equipment and hand tools; the installation of plants, seed and erosion control materials; stewardship activities including mowing, hand pulling, herbicide application and prescribed fire. Work requires the handling of herbicides, fertilizers, oils, fuels and other various chemical products.

The normal work schedule for all employees is 8 to 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday and occasionally Saturday and/or Sunday. Supervisors will advise employees of the times their schedules will normally begin and end. Staffing needs, weather conditions, and operational demands often necessitate variations in starting and ending times as well as variations in the total hours that may be scheduled each day and week.


Light – Moderate, based on the project location in the Midwest, may require occasional extended overnight stays in remote locations.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to company guidelines and policies

  • Represent the Pizzo brand of quality and professionalism in your daily work and interaction with others

  • Apply training to daily work

  • Carry out various laborious duties as directed by your Supervisor in a safe and efficient manner

  • Maintain a clean and safe work space at all times

  • Maintain issued clothing, equipment and tools in good working order, provide timely replacements or repairs as required

    • Report lost, damaged or malfunctioning equipment and tools to your Supervisor at the end of each work day (even if you already repaired it)

    • Accurately keep track of your daily material usage

    • Report daily material usage to your Supervisor at the end of each work day

    • At the end of each work day prepare vehicles, trailers, equipment, tools and materials/supplies so that they are cleaned, repaired, re-stocked, organized and ready for the next day’s operations

    • At the end of each work day clean and organize the facility

Periodic Responsibilities:

  • Attend required training sessions, certification programs or participate in self-study as required

  • Under direct supervision, accurately measure and mix herbicides for application, two-cycle fuel and drip torch fuel

  • Prepare, inspect, maintain and operate vehicles and/or other machinery as directed

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Functional in the English language (written and spoken)

  • Functional in basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, decimals and fractions)

  • Functional in basic measurement units (inches, feet, ounces, pounds), techniques and tools (tape measures, measuring wheel)

  • Completed the following Pizzo Training Programs:

    • Orientation/Drivers Training

    • Ecological Concepts

    • Natural Areas Installation

    • Natural Areas Stewardship

    • Herbicide Mixing

    • Herbicide Sprayer Operation

    • Plant Identification – Basic

    • Chainsaw Operation & Safety

    • Plant ID Level I passing w/85% or better

    • 10 Invasive/Weed ID Test

    • 10 Herbaceous Native ID Test

    • 10 Woody Native ID Test

Required Certifications:

  • Valid State of Illinois driver’s license

  • State of Illinois Pesticide Operators License

  • Current in First Aid/CPR

  • I100/S130/S190 firefighter certification

  • OSHA 10-hour

Expected Physical Demands:

Exert up to one-hundred pounds (100 lbs.) of force occasionally, up to fifty pounds (50 lbs.) of force frequently and/or up to twenty pounds (20 lbs.) of force constantly to move or carry objects; bend the body downward and forward with bent legs at the knees to come to rest on knee or knees; bend the body downward and forward by bending legs and spine; extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction, seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands.

Display finger dexterity in picking, pinching or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling and perceiving attributes of objects (such as size, shape, temperature or texture); ability to sit in a stationary position for extended periods of time (riding in a vehicle); ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word accurately, quickly and loudly; ability to hear and perceive the nature of sounds; observe an area that can be seen up and down or to right or left while eyes are fixed on a given point.

Demonstrate clarity of three-dimensional vision with the ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are; and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.

Expected Work Conditions:

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors throughout the year and may yield exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy conditions caused by the weather; exposure to non-weather related extreme temperatures or conditions; exposure to wildfire; exposure to overhead or falling hazards such as tree branches in a woodland; exposure to poisonous plants and/or wildlife; contact with water or other liquids; exposure to loud and/or extended noises; exposure to fumes, smoke, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases and allergens that may affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin; and possible exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.

Work may be performed in or near bodies of water, on rough terrain, on or near steep slopes. Work may require working with or around sharp objects, machinery with moving parts and/or vehicles.

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