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Date:  May 23, 2023

Chicago, IL, US, 60629

Job Requisition ID:  23272

Agency :  Department of Natural Resources 
Closing Date/Time: 05/26/2023
Salary:   $2,464.00 per month  
Job Type:   Salaried Part Time  

                    Seasonal - not to exceed 6 months
County:   Cook  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC062  





This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Posting Identification Number  12-45-23272

Position Overview

Prepares and delivers instructional information, handles live fish and baits in interactive fishing clinic designed to instill an appreciation and understanding of conservation ethics, sport fishing techniques, sport fishing tackle, fish ecology, fish identification, and an environmental consciousness to a variety of clinic participants ranging from elementary school children to adults.

Job Responsibilities


1.    Under general direction of the Illinois Urban Fishing Program Manager, develops and executes the Conservation Education Program for the Urban Fishing Program in Chicago/Region II:

  • Prepares and delivers instructional information
  • Possesses and handles live fish and bait in an interactive fishing clinic designed to instill an appreciation and understanding of conservation ethics, sport fishing techniques and tackle, fish ecology and identification, and an environmental consciousness into clinic participants
  • Travels throughout the area


2.    Serves as program liaison with media outlets:

  • Gathers data and assembles information
  • Composes newspaper and magazine releases interpreting the Urban Fishing Program activities
  • Drafts script material for television and radio presentations


3.    Participates in staff meetings relating to the development and presentation of education and information material


4.    Interprets and promotes the Urban Fishing Program's services and activities:

  • Maintains contact with local and civic organizations and other interested groups


5.    Develops and establishes new and more effective methods of clinic instructions

6.    Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above to include janitorial type services when required. 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college, with courses in journalism, English, or public speaking.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. One (1) year of elementary knowledge of the principles of conservation education
  2. Two (2) years of professional experience in a public education and information program in a public or private agency
  3. One (1) year of experience in public speaking
  4. One (1) year of experience using cameras, projectors, recorders, and outdoor equipment
  5. One (1) year of experience presenting ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  6. One (1) year of experience preparing reports and keeping records on conservation education activities
  7. One (1) year of fishing experience

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires possession of a valid Driver's License.
  2. Requires ability to pass background check.
  3. Ability to travel.

About the Agency

Charged with preserving, protecting and promoting Illinois’ natural resources, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) employees oversee water, wildlife, wetlands and oil wells, parks, historic sites – and everything in between. Employment opportunities vary greatly, often providing employees the chance to work indoors and out in a dynamic yet relaxed environment.


The Office of Resource Conservation strives to conserve the state's wildlife, fisheries, natural lands, and forest resources for future generations while providing sustainable recreational opportunities for all Illinoisans.

Work Hours:  Mon.-Sat., up to 37.5 hrs. per week, hours may vary due to inclement weather and clinic schedules  
Work Location: Marquette Park, 6743 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL, 60629  
Agency Contact:

Vicky Fowler


Phone #:  217-785-5387

Job Family:  Environmental & Natural Resources  


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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