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Jobs faq

Questions & Answers

Q: How do I apply for a job?

Interest in Forest Preserve employment can only be expressed by submitting a Forest Preserve Employment Application. Applications are accepted online at

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Q: I submitted my application. What’s next?

If you have applied for a position, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

Candidates selected for an interview can expect to receive a call within two or three weeks of applying. If you are not selected for an interview, you will not receive additional information.

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Q: Is there an age requirement for employment?

Yes, you must be at least 16 years old in order to be considered for employment, however some positions do have specific age requirements. For example, you must be at least 18 years old to be considered for a Laborer, Golf Course Laborer, or Food and Beverage Attendant position.

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Q: What is the interview process?

If you are selected for an interview, you can expect to receive a call within two to three weeks of applying. After the scheduled interviews are completed, we check a minimum of two work related references for each candidate of interest. If the position requires a college degree, you will be asked to supply a copy of your college transcripts. Offers of employment are extended contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background check and driver’s license verification, as well as a medical physical, lift test (if applicable for the position), and drug screen.

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Q: Are there benefits?

Yes, but they vary based on the type of position. Benefits are reviewed with candidates during the interview process, and may include one or more of the following:

  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Pension Program
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation/Paid Holidays

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Q: Do I have to live in Lake County to be considered for employment?

No, we do not have a residency requirement.

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Q: Need help with your online account?

Use the online Help Guide or contact the NEOGOV Applicants Support Line if you need assistance with your online applicant account.  Applicant Support can be reached at 855-524-5627 or by emailing between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.


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Q: Are you an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer?


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Q: Other Information

Our History: The Lake County Forest Preserves was created in 1958 under Illinois law as a special purpose unit of government. Our mission is to preserve a dynamic and unique system of diverse natural and cultural resources, and to develop innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities of regional value that reflect a commitment to environmental and fiscal responsibility. Read more »

Living in Lake County:

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