Restoration Team Leader Job in Leland, IL | Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.

Restoration Team Leader

We are looking for a Restoration Team Leader in the Chicago area. Apply today for consideration.

Join an award-winning team and start your career in ecosystem restoration and doing something great for the environment.


Supervisory position performing and supervising day-to-day operations of extensive fieldwork on potentially difficult terrain and during adverse weather conditions. Work will include conducting administrative tasks in both the field and office; loading and unloading material and equipment from trucks and other vehicles; operating vehicles and other large equipment; managing assigned team members and providing clear, concise instructions regarding tasks required for carrying-out necessary activities at each site; and directing, supervising and/or performing brush or tree clearing and other site preparation activities using small engine equipment and hand tools; the installation of plants, seed and erosion control materials; stewardship activities including mowing, hand pulling, herbicide application and prescribed fire. Work requires the handling of herbicides, fuels, and other chemical products.


Normal work schedule for all employees is 8 to 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday and occasionally Saturday and/or Sunday. Weather conditions often necessitate variations in starting and ending times.


Light - May require occasional overnight stays. Most travel is optional or voluntary.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and direct all day-to-day operations of assigned Restoration Team
  • Adhere to and enforce company guidelines and policies
  • Represent the Pizzo brand of quality and professionalism in your daily work and interaction with others
  • Apply training to daily work
  • The Restoration Team Leader is responsible for their own safety, the safety of their team and the safety of the public.
  • Personnel Management:
    • Communicate company philosophy, company values and expectations for professional conduct
    • At the beginning of each work day, ensure assigned team members are clocked-in, document tardiness and/or absenteeism
    • Communicate daily schedule and tasks
    • Train assigned team members in standard KSAs, company policies/guidelines and leadership responsibilities
    • Conduct disciplinary actions when required and within given authority
  • Communicate with clients and/or the general public, develop working relationships with site contacts
  • Delegate supervisory responsibilities when required
  • Understand and clearly communicate to assigned team members:
    • Project goals, objectives and expectations as defined by the designer and/or Territory Manager
    • Task priorities according to identified projects goals and budgets or as otherwise defined by the Superintendent
    • Project requirements or restrictions provided within construction plans or specifications
  • Ensure your team maintains a clean and safe workspace:
    • Complete basic repairs to field equipment when necessary to complete the day’s work
    • Report lost, damaged or malfunctioning equipment and tools to the Service Department and your Supervisor at the end of each workday
  • Inspect, maintain and operate vehicles and/or other machinery as required
  • Ensure all herbicides, two-cycle fuels and drip torch fuel are accurately measured and mixed
  • Accurate tracking of work performed, photo records, hours worked, etc.

Periodic Responsibilities:

  • Participate in marketing events, networking events and/or professional development functions
  • As directed by Superintendent, work directly with Territory Manager and/or project designer to resolve project discrepancies
  • Personnel Management:
    • Participate in the new employee interview and/or orientation process
    • Participate in the performance review process of assigned team members
  • Attend required training sessions, certification programs or participate in self-study as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to perform all job functions as they pertain to Restoration Technician team members
  • Fluent in the English language (written and spoken)
  • Proficient in basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, decimals and fractions)
  • Proficient in basic geometric functions (area, volume and angles)
  • Proficient in basic measurement units (inches, feet, ounces, pounds), techniques and tools (tape measures, measuring wheel)

Required Certifications:

  • Valid State of Illinois driver’s license
  • State of Illinois Pesticide Applicator License (Provided by Pizzo)
  • First Aid/CPR (Provided by Pizzo)
  • I100/S130/S190 firefighter certification (Provided by Pizzo)
  • S290 firefighter certification (Provided by Pizzo)
  • OSHA 30-hour (Provided by Pizzo)

Work History Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute large-scale planting and seeding operations
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the repair and maintenance of all small equipment associated with prescribed fire, including hand tools, backpack pumps, drip torches, trouble shooting, fire pumps, etc.

Extended Physical Demands:

Exert up to one-hundred pounds (100 lbs.) of force occasionally, up to fifty pounds (50 lbs.) of force frequently and/or up to twenty pounds (20 lbs.) of force constantly to move or carry objects.

Expected Work Conditions:

Work will be performed outdoors throughout the year and may yield exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy conditions caused by the weather; exposure to wildfire; contact with water or other liquids; exposure to loud and/or extended noises; exposure to smoke, dusts, and allergens that may affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin.

Work may be performed in or near bodies of water, near wildlife, on rough terrain, on or near steep slopes, and often in gorgeous dynamic landscapes!

Our team is tough, tested, and dedicated to our mission of restoring our environment for the benefit of all mankind. Contact us to apply now!