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Taking Applications for Farm & Natural Resource Manager - Chicagoland, Northwest

The Hegner Family Tree Farm Invites You to Grow With Us

The Hegner Family Farm is a second generation tree farm ready to expand and embrace resilient agriculture through creative and innovative ideas. We envision the farm as a multi-functional system grounded by ecology and art. This is a unique opportunity which offers incentives and potential profit sharing with an expansive landscape and canvas for agroforesty, agroecology, research & community engagement projects.  This is a perfect opportunity for an ambitious person, team or couple with a vision and creative ideas.

Full-Time Position 
Location: Harvard, IL

Anticipated Hiring Wage: $18.00 - Negotiable incentives
Hourly Range: $15.00 – $22.00 – $30.00 Housing opportunities on-site
Application deadline: November 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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The Farm & Natural Resource Manager’s primary responsibility is to supervise and perform work in forestry and land management on a 500 acre diverse tree farm.  This position is responsible for overseeing and implementing income generating projects while observing the restrictions of an existing conservation easement. The Farm & Natural Resource Manager communicates directly with the land owners and initiates and collaborates on the development of short and long term management plans. May supervise field crew, part-time, temporary staff, and volunteers as needed.


Prepare seasonal and long-term plans for income generating projects, ensuring sustainable agricultural practices and profitable financial performance. Conduct market and supply chain research to explore innovative opportunities and prepare status reports of farm operations. Operate farm and grounds equipment; prepare and manage a maintenance schedule of general upkeep and repair of farm equipment, including tractor, chainsaws, wood chipper, mowers, skid loader, diesel engines, hydraulics, etc.  Ability to use computers and mapping programs for record keeping and organizational purposes and to effectively communicate tasks and project locations to the team. Responsible for executing and/or overseeing all farm related activities, including regular inspection of grounds, trail maintenance, tree/brush removal, removal of blockages from waterways, mowing and snow plowing. Apply appropriate pesticides as needed.  Manage general maintenance of structures on the property. Participate in pesticide, fire, and equipment training and safety programs.


Experience in new venture creation or considerable knowledge of agricultural economics and business.  Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) or commensurate experience in forestry, natural resource management, biology, or related fields. Experience in park or resource management, forestry, or a related field preferred.  Some supervisory experience a plus. Must possess good analytical and problem-solving skills, judgment, and have excellent communication and leadership skills. Working knowledge of methods, practices, tools, and materials used, and the ability to operate necessary equipment in natural resource management. Knowledge of hazard and safety protocols pertaining to natural resource management.  Fluency in Spanish a plus.


Submit your resume and cover letter to HegnerFamilyFarm@gmail.com by November 19th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.



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