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Part-Time Program and Event Facilitator–Burnham Wildlife Corridor Community Liaison (Apply by 7/29/15)

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Below is a link to a job posting that will coordinate outreach and education/public events for the Chicago Park District’s Calumet properties as well as the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.  The posting has a specific description but does exclude the Calumet properties so be sure to consider that as well. It is a great part-time opportunity for someone with a bachelor’s degree! The position will close for applications 7/29/15.

Program & Event Facilitator (Burnham Wildlife Corridor Community Liaison) JobID: 2211
Title:  Program and Event Facilitator  – Burnham Wildlife Corridor Community Liaison  (part time / temporary)

Program Description: The Chicago Park District envisions parks as vital natural resources that provide Chicagoans the opportunity to explore green space and encounter wildlife in an urban environment. Public parks also  enhance individual quality of life, support positive neighborhood development, and encourage community dialogue. The Chicago Park District works with many partners to create  spaces that provide these benefits for the local community.

The Program & Event Coordinator will serve as a community connector and liaison for the Burnham Wildlife Corridor and other parks in the Bronzeville and Pilsen neighborhoods. He/she will be responsible for identifying and collaborating with community-based organizations of all sizes to shape and enhance park spaces, programming, stewardship activities and events. This work involves assessing the needs of local residents and individual parks and communities in order to create mutually beneficial relationships and programming.



Under supervision, coordinates special programs and events to bring programming resources to parks that would otherwise be unavailable. Performs related duties as required.

Plans and oversees special citywide programs in order to bring programming resources to the parks. Meets with individuals from partner organizations and determines tasks and then ensures their completion. Works with key individuals to define tasks and timeliness, gather and disseminate information and execute projects, programs and events. Plans and executes after-school programming, summer field trips and festivals. Coordinates staffing assignments and the delivery of supplies. Prepares reports and promotional materials on special programs.

Training and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Education or Outreach, or a related field, supplemented by three (3) years of experience in event planning, community engagement, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is required. Training in informal science education practices or demonstrated experience in informal science education settings preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of education and curriculum design principles. Knowledge of local ecosystems. Ability to understand and implement elements of community based programming. Interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Organization and planning skills. Driver’s license preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Spanish preferred.


Career Service: Exempt                                EEO: Professional                            FLSA: Exempt

Expected Schedule: approximately 20 hours per week

Expected Salary Offer: $17.55 per hour


Author: Debra Kutska

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