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Ecological Restoration - Foreman

Addison, IL, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About Us

At Cardinal State, LLC we focus on constructing traditional and ecological landscapes that enhance the urban environment both functionally and aesthetically. Our projects include ornamental landscape and hardscape installation, stream and shoreline restoration and stabilization, ecological restoration and stewardship, and green infrastructure installation. Collectively, our team at Cardinal State, LLC shares over 90 years of experience in the landscape construction and ecological restoration industries. Our skilled staff includes managers, ecologists, arborists, plantsmen and equipment operators. These professionals are licensed and certified to perform the necessary tasks to achieve successful landscape enhancement projects. Our experience allows us to provide ecologically and economically driven solutions while delivering a high level of quality to our clients in a timely manner. At Cardinal State, LLC we pride ourselves in forming positive, mutually beneficial relationships with our colleagues and clients in order to meet project goals and build a sustainable future.

Consider this position at Cardinal State, LLC if you are interested in playing a substantial role in a rapidly growing commercial landscape construction company. Top candidates will be motivated by the advantages of working for a small business, such as flexibility, self-guided professional development, and unlimited potential growth opportunities. Cardinal State, LLC challenges employees to acclimate to a fast-paced work culture while valuing a work-life balance that meets their personal needs. If you are looking to establish yourself on the ground floor of a growing company and want to make an immediate impact in the construction landscape and ecological landscape industries, please consider applying.

Job Description

Cardinal State, LLC is seeking persons interested in a natural resources career, as an Ecological Restoration Foreman. Cardinal State, LLC provides a full array of landscape construction, stream and shoreline restoration, ecological restoration, and green infrastructure services to clients in the private and public sectors throughout the greater Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin area. A successful candidate for this position will have experience in the following areas: invasive plant species control, native plant and seed installation, stream and shoreline stabilization/restoration, prescribed burning, traditional landscape management, and other types of habitat restoration. This position is full-time but depends on workload and weather conditions. Overtime hours will be required during the peak construction/growing season. The majority of work is outdoors, often in inclement weather, in rugged terrain. This position will require extended periods of standing, walking, and lifting heavy objects up to 50 pounds.

This is a union position with a full union benefits package.


  • Lead ecological restorations crews on projects throughout a variety habitat/ecosystem types

  • Manage and train crew staff in plant identification and best management practices and techniques

  • Communicate with the Project Managers and Operations Manager on scheduling and project progress

  • Be the point contact for Cardinal State, LLC in the field, communicating client expectations and interactions to the Project Managers

  • Assess site conditions and vegetation quality and direct the crews to appropriately and effectively manage sites on a daily basis

  • Interpret contract plan sets and specifications in order to ensure compliance with project standards and client expectations/goals

  • Complete daily stewardship reports accurately and submit to Project Mangers on a timely basis

  • Oversee the inventory, maintenance, and organizations of materials and field equipment used on restoration and land management projects. Communicate to Project Managers and Operation Manager when equipment needs servicing or material inventory is low


  • A degree in biology, botany, ecology, conservation, environmental science, or related fields is preferred

  • 2+ years of experience in the field conducting ecological restoration activities

  • Agriculture Certified Pesticide Applicator License

  • Strong native and non-native plant identification skills both herbaceous and woody

  • Ability to safely operate and maintain all field equipment including but not limited to a 4x4 ATV/UTV with spray rig, backpack sprayers, chain saws, and brush saws.

  • Prescribed burn experience and S130/S190 certifications or willingness to get them within 3 months of starting

To Apply:

Please email your Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 Professional References to

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