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UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability & Energy, Now Accepting Applications

Join us in Chicago for our 9th annual program, Implementation, from July 18-30. There is no program fee, everyone that participates receives lodging on campus free of charge, and there are travel scholarships available for many traveling to Chicago.  All Details available here:https://uicsise.com/implementation/

Applications due May 20, 2019: https://uicsise.com/qanda/

About Implementation

So, you know you want to change the world. You know the issues. You have an idea of what needs to change. But what’s your plan? How can you change directions? How do you win hearts and minds to your cause? What steps do we take to transform a system when the odds don’t look good? How can we overcome indifference? 

Really, what we’re asking is how do we move mountains? We do it by moving one pebble, one blade of grass, one handful of soil at a time. We do it not by looking at the stars, but by getting our hands dirty down in the trenches. 

This year’s theme, Implementation, moves beyond the “what” to the “how.” Building on the research of previous years, 2019 SISE Fellows will engage with Chicago communities and collaborators to develop critical strategies to help local neighborhoods realize their vision for their future. They will engage with theory and case studies, and then move to the streets and homes of our Chicago neighbors and communities where real change is made at the ground level.

What to Expect

Long days, hard work, meaningful experiences, and lots of laughs. SISE Fellows (or SISE’ers) network with brilliant and inspiring professionals from diverse fields, explore fascinating sites and take “behind the scenes” tours, work with communities to tackle obstacles in a meaningful way and explore one of North America’s largest cities with a fun crowd of bright and diverse future leaders. 


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Citizens’ Climate Lobby: Higher Education Outreach Intern

Are you interested in assisting higher education outreach while getting professional experience? We’re accepting applications for a higher education outreach intern starting in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

POSITION PURPOSE: 

CCE/CCL’s mission is to create the political will for climate solutions and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. CCL is a national non-partisan non-profit with educational programs and lobbying activities (designations of 501 (c-3) for CCE and 501 (c-4) for CCL). The purpose of this position is facilitate the participation of young people in CCL and build support for carbon pricing in higher education.

GOALS:

  • Increase the participation of young people in CCL.
  • Increase support for carbon pricing from higher education.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct outreach to higher education on carbon pricing and CCL’s events and opportunities.
  • Help recruit students to the Campus Leaders Program.
  • Assist CCL higher ed allies and volunteers with higher ed outreach.
  • Assist with and attend Campus Leader and Higher Ed Ally monthly calls.
  • Assist with advocacy such as the Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative.
  • Edit and improve existing training and outreach materials.
  • Help with website, newsletter, and social media outreach.
  • Web research and data entry.
  • Other tasks as needed.
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Alliance for the Great Lakes Outreach Affiliate — Chicago, temporary part-time position

Summary

Outreach Affiliate will support the work of the Alliance’s education and volunteer efforts, including the Adopt-a-Beach™ Program, on-the-ground volunteer opportunities, and other local projects in and around Chicago. The Outreach Affiliate will work closely with the Volunteer Manager and Education Manager on communications, event planning, research, data management and evaluation of our programs.

This is a part-time, temporary, paid position for March – September 2019.  Applicants for this position must have college experience. Progressive work experience may be considered in lieu of college experience. This position is based in Chicago, IL.  Applicants must be comfortable with navigating travel in the Chicagoland area.

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Support the Alliance’s volunteer programs by conducting outreach to new and returning volunteers and mailing Adopt-a-Beach™ supplies;
  • Provide logistical support to the Adopt-a-Beach™ program by organizing and accurately imputing data from Adopt-a-Beach™, advocacy and special events;
  • Attend local Adopt-a-Beach™ events;
  • Attend community tabling/speaking events to recruit potential volunteers and expand the Alliance’s presence in the community;
  • Coordinate in-person and online trainings for volunteers;
  • Coordinate with beach/land managers to ensure proper permits for Adopt-a-Beach™ events;
  • Conduct online research to support Alliance volunteering programming, with a focus on volunteer management technology and community engagement in communities not currently engaged by the Alliance; and
  • Help with administrative/office tasks as needed.
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Mount Prospect, Part-Time Nature Instructor

Mt. Prospect Park District

JOB GUIDELINE: Nature Instructor – Part-Time –

APPLY HERE

PRIMARY LOCATION: Friendship Park Conservatory

REPORTING SUPERVISOR: Friendship Park Conservatory Department Manager

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This is a part-time position, which allows a creative thinker to design and implement programming for children of all ages. Hours vary according to classes and registrations. Self-starting individual with nature background will be responsible for designing and implementing fun and educational park district programs for children. Summer day camps are a vital part of this position.

DUTIES: Create and present educational and outdoor skill programs for children including, but not limited to insects, food chains, animals, birds, ecology, and nature. Lead nature-themed lessons, art, activities while working outdoors. Create and lead programs for scout troops to earn badges. Keep detailed records for classes and other events. Keep all program manuals updated. Work directly with the students by leading and/ or supervising them in planned activities. Attend all required staff meetings, trainings, and workshops. Maintain a clean and organized work environment. Perform the job in compliance with District policies, procedures, and work rules. All other duties as assigned by the Conservatory Department Manager, Director of Recreation and/or the Executive Director. However, in an emergency, perform all other duties as required.

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Temporary Paid Position: Northwestern University Sustainability Department

Position Type: Temporary
Position Title: sustainNU Customer Service Representative
Rate: $12-15/hour
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm with a 30 minute lunch

Job Summary
The sustainNU Customer Service Representative facilitates the timely and successful completion of resource conservation service requests submitted by Northwestern University faculty, staff and students. This individual will work closely with the sustainNU team to increase awareness and visibility of sustainable practices and build strong partnerships on campus

Responsibilities
• Coordinates all aspects of electronics recycling (ecycling) program including receiving requests for ecycling pickups, scheduling pickups through a third party vendor and facilitating the collection of all received ecycling equipment through our contracted recycling hauler.
• Processes all requests for trash and recycling services communicating with waste hauler as needed to ensure successful pickups.
• Reconciles all services requests which may include reviewing work order status, confirming billing information and ensuring all requests are processed accurately and in a timely manner.
• Coordinates requests for recycling bins and manages inventory.
• Serves as point of contact for sustainNU inquiries.
• Supports other sustainNU program areas as needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned or required.

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Habitat Technician Position, McHenry Conservation District (Bachelor’s required)

Habitat Technician JobID: 211

Date Posted:
  12/21/2018

Location:
  Lost Valley Visitor Center

Date Available:
  March 2019

Closing Date:
  Until Filled

STATUS:  Full-time (2-year contract)
LOCATION:  Richmond, IL
SALARY:  Starting at $14.00 per hour plus benefits

JOB OVERVIEW:
Gain more experience in the natural resources field as you build your resume in the Habitat Technician position. The Habitat Technician position a two-year, entry-level job offering fieldwork in conjunction with continuing educational opportunities. This position is intended for individuals who have completed their college degree within the last five calendar years, and is designed to provide practical training and experience in the field of ecological restoration. Individuals in this position will assist with land management projects as well as biological inventory and monitoring activities, in order to provide them with practical working experience and skill development in numerous aspects of the discipline of ecological restoration. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

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The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center–Internships Available, Apply NOW!

Expand your horizons with a paid internship!

Do you have an interest in ecology, natural resource management, environmental education, science communication, environmental policy, or social science as it relates to our natural resources? 

Are you interested in exploring a career path you may not have considered yet, instead of looking for a summer job?  If so, then apply to become an intern with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is looking for 19 undergraduate students interested in exploring natural resource and science-related careers through internships located throughout the Midwest. Please download the project summaries to see available projects and the requirements and locations for each and the important program dates to ensure your availability to participate in the program. These materials, a copy of the application questions, and the online application link can also be found by visiting our internship website (http://www.ngrrec.org/internship). The program starts with a week-long short course at NGRREC’s field station in East Alton, IL before students depart for their various project locations. At the end of the summer, students will return to present their work in a professional, two-day Symposium attended by their peers, research advisors, and other professionals.

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