Careers – Site Superintendent

We are looking for a Site Superintendent to coordinate day-to-day operations of our Restoration Teams. Join our award-winning team conducting habitat restoration throughout the Chicago region – send us your resume.

Description: Supervisory and Quality Control position coordinating day-to-day operations of assigned Restoration Teams and managing the quality of work performed at assigned sites. Work will include conducting administrative tasks both in the field and office; loading and unloading material and equipment from trucks and other vehicles; visiting, assessing and analyzing each assigned site prior to any scheduled work; providing clear, concise information to the Project Manager and the assigned Restoration Team(s) regarding tasks, equipment, materials and personnel required to adequately carry-out necessary activities at each site; and periodically performing extensive physical activity working alongside assigned Restoration Teams.

Hours: The normal work schedule for all employees is 8 to 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday and occasionally Saturday and/or Sunday. Supervisors will advise employees of the times their schedules will normally begin and end. Staffing needs, weather conditions, and operational demands often necessitate variations in starting and ending times as well as variations in the total hours that may be scheduled each day and week. Superintendents are expected to be at the reporting facility or the work site prior to the arrival of assigned Restoration Teams each work day.

Supervisor: Project Manager

Travel: Moderate – Heavy, most travel will be local and will be based upon project locations in the Midwest, may require occasional extended overnight stays in remote locations.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Represent the Pizzo brand of quality and professionalism in your daily work and interaction with others
  • Adhere to and enforce company guidelines and policies
  • Upon assignment of a project site, create and supply a field file to the assigned Restoration Team Leader ensuring that all required and relevant documents and information are included
  • Visit each site upon project assignment and prior to any scheduled work activity, assess each site at the time of the visit and provide an analysis that projects out two-to-four (2-4) weeks according to:
    • General ecological health (weed/native content, erosion issues, wildlife issues, etc.)
    • Site appearance/aesthetics (edges of walks, fence rows, high visibility areas, etc.)
    • Established project goals, objectives and priorities
  • Create a detailed work plan based upon the needs identified from each site visit and associated analysis, the project job form and the available budget
    • Communicate required equipment and material needs with the Project Manager
    • Advise the Project Manager on personnel needs and recommended schedule of identified work
    • Advise the Project Manager on any warranty work that is recommended to bring the project within established performance goals
  • Meet with the assigned Restoration Team Leader to review the detailed work plan and clearly communicate:
    • Project goals, objectives and expectations as defined by the designer and/or Territory Manager
    • Task priorities according to current site conditions, identified projects goals and budgets or as otherwise defined by the Project Manager, Territory Manager and/or project designer
    • Project requirements or restrictions provided within construction plans or specifications
  • Personnel Management
    • Communicate company philosophy, company values and expectations for professional conduct
    • Communicate daily schedule and tasks
    • Resolve conflicts and conduct disciplinary actions when required and within given authority
  • Maintain communication with each assigned Restoration Team throughout the day and conduct regular on-site inspections to ensure:
    • All teams maintain a clean and safe work space
    • Any problems get resolved in a safe and efficient manner
    • Restoration Teams are organized and work is being completed efficiently, in accordance with the work plan and in accordance with approved Pizzo techniques and methodologies
    • All issued clothing, equipment and tools are in good working order, ensure timely replacements or repairs as required
    • All herbicides, two-cycle fuels and drip torch fuel are accurately measured and mixed
  • Gather appropriate data, maps, forms, lists, notes, etc. created or modified by the Restoration Team Leader at the end of each work day, ensuring that any relevant information is recorded, organized and copied to both the office and field files
  • Issue materials, tools and/or equipment to assigned Restoration Teams as needed to complete work while maintaining control over inventory and appropriated material budgets
    • Utilize in-stock bulk materials, tools and/or equipment whenever possible and when most advantageous to the project, when not possible or not advantageous to the project, purchase needed materials, tools and/or equipment following approved processes
      • Small purchases can be made with monthly discretionary budgets established by the Project Manager; at the end of each work day, compile record and submit expenses with appropriate documentation to Business Administration
      • Purchases exceeding monthly discretionary budgets and/or purchasing limits as established by the Project Manager must be ordered through the Project Manager
  • Prior to 8:00 a.m. the following work day collect, verify, approve and submit timesheets to Business Administration
    • Ensure that any work outside of the approved scope of services is documented and processed according to established guidelines or as per project specific requirements, including seeking necessary approvals by the Project Manager prior to implementing any additional work

Periodic Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular meetings with Project Manager, Division Manager and/or Territory Manager
  • Participate in marketing events, networking events and/or professional development functions
  • When necessary, deliver materials, tools and/or equipment to assigned Restoration Teams in the field as needed to complete work efficiently
  • Conduct site surveys in anticipation of prescribed fire and prepare, review and approve burn plan(s)
  • Assist Project Manager in administrative duties such as invoicing or material ordering
  • Provide technical information to Territory Manager when requested
  • 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
    • Assign newly hired employees to appropriate Restoration Team
    • Participate in team member appreciation and/or recognition events
    • Review and approve payroll, submit approved payroll to Project Manager
    • Participate in the performance review process of assigned team members
  • Lead or attend required training sessions, attend certification programs or participate in self-study as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to perform all job functions as they pertain to Restoration Team members
  • Fluent in the English language (written and spoken)
  • Functional in the Spanish language (spoken)
  • Proficient in basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, decimals and fractions)
  • Proficient in basic geometric and algebraic functions (area, volume, angles, inversion, squaring, square root, exponentials, etc.)
  • Proficient in basic measurement units (inches, feet, ounces, pounds), techniques and tools (tape measures, measuring wheel)
  • Functional with basic computer operation and standard applications (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, internet, mapping programs, etc.)

Required Certifications:

  • Valid State of Illinois driver’s license
    • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • State of Illinois Pesticide Applicator License
  • Current in First Aid/CPR
  • I100/S130/S190 firefighter certification
  • S290 firefighter certification
  • Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager (CPBM)
  • OSHA 30-hour
  • HAZWOPER 24-hour

Required Work History Qualifications:

  • College degree in biology, environmental sciences, natural resources or similar and a minimum of four (4) years of documented field experience in ecological restoration; or a minimum of four (4) years as Restoration Team Leader
    • Demonstrated proficiency in the operation of a Skid Steer and its various attachments
    • Demonstrated ability to perform ecological assessments for stewardship and invasive control
    • 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.
  • Zero (0) PPE audit violations for a minimum six (6) months
  • Zero (0) driver violations or reports for a minimum six (6) months

Expected 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; bend the body downward and forward with bent legs at the knees to come to rest on knee or knees; bend the body downward and forward by bending legs and spine; extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction, seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands; display finger dexterity in picking, pinching or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling and perceiving attributes of objects (such as size, shape, temperature or texture); ability to utilize arms, wrists, hands and fingers in the operation of standard office equipment over extended timeframes; ability to sit in a stationary position for extended periods of time (at a desk, driving and/or riding in a vehicle); ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word accurately, quickly and loudly; ability to hear and perceive the nature of sounds; observe an area that can be seen up and down or to right or left while eyes are fixed on a given point; demonstrate clarity of three-dimensional vision with the ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are; and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.

Expected Work Conditions: Work will be performed indoors or outdoors throughout the year and will yield exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy conditions caused by the weather; exposure to non-weather related extreme temperatures or conditions; exposure to wildfire; exposure to overhead or falling hazards such as tree branches in a woodland; exposure to poisonous plants and/or wildlife; contact with water or other liquids; exposure to loud and/or extended noises; exposure to fumes, smoke, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases and allergens that may affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin; and possible exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals. Work will be performed in or near bodies of water, on rough terrain, on or near steep slopes. Work will require working with or around sharp objects, machinery with moving parts and/or vehicles.

Key Performance Values:

  • Employee Retention
  • Site Evaluations
  • Production Rates
  • Safety Record

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