Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member

Merrillville, IN, US

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The Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member performs and participates in invasive plant management and other restoration efforts as a member of a Grand Calumet River Restoration Action Team. This is a maximum 6-month position with an approximate time frame of May 1 to October 31 with some flexibility on start and end dates.


The Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member maintains preserve areas and riverine marshes, including controlling exotic invasive species. S/he also maintains tools and equipment, helps monitor wildlife, conducts preserve maintenance, learns how to identify native and non-native species, and assists in preparing sites for prescribed burns.


  • Works under close or infrequent supervision
  • Work start and end times may need to be flexible with an approximate start time of 7:00 a.m., depending on weather conditions.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and wetlands, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, and the ability to carry a 35-pound backpack sprayer.
  • Will be exposed to hazards such as extreme heat, biting and stinging insects, ticks and poison ivy. Personal protective equipment/supplies will be provided, as necessary.


  • High-school diploma and 6 months of related experience or education in science-related field.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, etc.).
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to obtain herbicide applicator’s license.
  • Experience performing physical work.


  • Ability to follow instructions from the crew leader and colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of Northwest Indiana plants/community types will be helpful but is not required.
  • Ability to drive own vehicle to work sites preferred.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, brush-cutter, two-way radio, etc.).


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


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Job Title: Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member

Location: Indiana

Job ID: 45192

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time