The Administration Department effectively manages the District’s financial activity and provides support services to the District’s operation departments through Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Services, Purchasing and Risk Management. This department consists of the Executive Director, Director of Operations, Director of Finance, six full-time staff and one part-time supporting staff, and is currently housed at Brookdale Conservation Area in Woodstock.
The Communications Department serves to create awareness, promote, educate, and inspire a positive image of the District to the general public. A variety of avenues are utilized including a quarterly newsletter, site and informational brochures, targeted mailings, website, press releases, print, radio and cable advertisements, and community outreach through presentations and informational booths. In addition, the department is responsible for the recruitment, retention and recognition of the District’s volunteer program. The department consists of three full-time staff.
The Education Services Department develops and delivers natural and cultural history programs for the general public, community organizations and schools. The variety of programs offered stimulate the public’s appreciation of their natural world, heighten awareness, provide a greater understanding of McHenry County’s natural and cultural resources and encourage public involvement in the solution of environmental problems.
The department consists of nine full-time employees and two part-time employees.
Land & Facilities
The Land & Facilities Department is responsible for the maintenance, cleanliness, and proper safety measures for the District’s open sites to ensure visitors with an enjoyable visit. In addition, the department maintains the District’s infrastructure which includes buildings, roads, bridges and equipment in a manner that provides for continued and long-term usability. The department consists of twenty full-time employees.
Natural Resource Management
The Natural Resource Management Department implements land management and ecological restoration activities on all District sites. Staff members complete biological inventory and monitoring studies, assess potential land acquisitions, provide commentary on potential impacts to significant resources within the county and conduct educational outreach programs on natural resource topics. The department consists of eleven full-time and three part-time employees. A large intern program also augments staff responsibilities and provides educational opportunities and training in natural resource management.
Planning & Development
The Planning & Development Department designs and implements the opening of District sites emphasizing the preservation of natural and cultural resources while providing the best environmental experiences possible for public education and recreation. Staff leads District Board members, staff and members of the public through a master planning process that integrates natural resource management and educational goals, and existing or potential recreational uses. The department consists of three full-time staff.
The Police Department protects and serves the District’s site users along with protecting any and all natural resources, property and infrastructure that the District owns or manages. In addition, the Department focuses on educating the general public in areas of public and personal safety, as well as providing programs which encourage the public to spend quality time outdoors (Hooked on Fishing program and Safe Kids Wear Lids). The Police Department consists of twelve full-time employees.
Wildlife Resource Center
The Wildlife Resource Center has three primary tasks--environmental education, captive rearing, propagation and reintroduction of selected wildlife species, and rehabilitation of species of conservation concern. Staff provides environmental education programming to schools, community groups, and the general public utilizing various live animals (raptors, snakes, and turtles) as an integral part of the program. In addition, staff assists the public via the telephone fielding various wildlife related inquiries. The rearing and propagation projects have included the Blanding's turtle, orangethroat darter, barn owl, and green snake. Wildlife rehabilitation efforts emphasize species of conservation concern. The department consists of two full-time and one part-time staff.
For information regarding living with wildlife, visit the University of Illinois Extension's Living With Wildlife website.