Resource Operations Manager: Forest Preserve District of Cook County

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Listed in Environment & Natural Resource Planning, Preservation, Urban & Regional Planning, Wildlife & Conservation

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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with more than 69,000-acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 40 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world.
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Resource Operations Manager: Forest Preserve District of Cook County:

Under the direction of the Director of Resource Management or designee, the Resource Operations Manager directs and oversees all aspects of land management on Forest Preserves of Cook County property. These land management activities include but are not limited to tree and other vegetation management, ecological restoration, and trails management. The Resource Operations Manager supervises the District Trails Manager and all Resource Management crews and is responsible for scheduling, personnel management, upkeep of equipment and facilities, budgeting for the section and completion of all associated paperwork. Prepares contracts and required bid documents for supplies and support work. Coordinates land management activities, including crew-led prescribed fire, wildfire suppression, invasive and nuisance vegetation control. Collaborates with other departments and sections to determine work priorities. Assists other sections and departments with special projects, including wildlife, ecology, fisheries, nature centers, and volunteer resources. Represents the District on internal and external committees.


  • Supervises and coordinates the work of the District Trails Manager, all Resource Management field crews and other related staff including, but not limited to, Resource Management Aides and Interns.
  • Compiles and completes all associated paperwork as it relates to the work of this position, including, but not limited to, time keeping, payroll, disciplinary actions, work orders, work order investigation, vehicle/equipment maintenance and use, daily reports, monthly reports and prescribed fire reports.
  • Assigns and supervises daily work of the Resource Management field crews, coordinates work order requests from the general public and District staff.
  • Supervises and collaborates with Trails Manager on all aspects of trails management.
  • Directs Resource Management field crews in restoration work aimed at restoring the natural ecosystem to a healthy condition utilizing best management practices.
  • Collaborates with Resource Management staff on leadership of the District’s prescribed burning program. Assists with prescribed burning plans and conducts prescribed burns on appropriate District lands. Coordinates and directs Resource Management staff and contractors in performing prescribed burns on District lands in accordance with all prescribed standards.
  • Coordinates and directs aspects of contracted vegetation management activities throughout the District’s holdings.
  • Coordinates standard and emergency incident response, including, but not limited to, storm events and wildfires.


  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry, urban forestry, forest ecology, forest resource management, biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, or substantially similar area from an accredited college or university.
  • Must possess a current valid driver’s license.
  • Must possess six (6) or more years of full-time work experience in horticultural, arboricultural and/or other natural resources land management work.
  • Must possess three (3) or more years of full-time work experience in a supervisory capacity in an organization with large scale forestry or land management operations, such as a park district, municipality, state park, forest preserve, or other similar organization.


Posting Salary: $71,602.00 Yearly Grade: F21

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