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Mobilize Green: Youth Conservation Crew Leaders Needed for Summer 2019 (paid)

MobilizeGreen is seeking residential Crew Leaders, Site Coordinators, and Environmental Educators for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs during the summer of 2019. The MobilizeGreen-Forest Service YCC program includes multiple three-week residential programs for diverse young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age where members live and work together as a team. Staff will lead teams of high-school youth to work on conservation-related projects together during the day and participate in environmental education, personal development opportunities, and outdoor recreation activities during the evenings and weekends. The goal of the program is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor, and teamwork. Staff work in collaboration with a co-leader to manage student and group safety, personal development, camp life, environmental education, and work-project management. Staff also represent MobilizeGreen on-site and coordinate with the Forest Service partner on designated projects. Staff must attend the orientation and skills-based training sessions. Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth and young adult leaders from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged urban and rural communities, from across the country. To download, share and/or post a flyer for this position, click here.

YCC Crew Leader Benefits:

  • Paid residential summer position + training & expenses paid
  • Positions from 8 – 14 weeks long with weekly stipend starting at $680 per week, depending on experience.
  • Develop collaboration and outdoor leadership skills
  • Hands-on training and learning experience
  • Work with high school students from across the country
  • Explore and lead outdoor and recreational activities
  • Learn about cultural and natural resource management careers

Desired Skills

  • Youth /young adult programming experience working with youth or young adults (ages 15-18) as a teacher, mentor, leader, counselor or coach.
  • Teaching and/or leadership experience working in an informal or formal educational environment, including ability to organize and effectively teach lessons.
  • Outdoor experience such as familiarity with outdoor living skills, including: hiking, safety awareness, camping, and cooking skills, etc.
  • Conservation project experience in service project management, service learning, conservation, or trail/conservation projects and hand tool use.
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YCC Crew Leader Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old by May 1, 2019.
  • Must be able to perform manual and physical labor for up to 8 hours per day.
  • May be exposed to the elements and must be able lift and/or move 50 pounds or more when required.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
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2018 Campus Sustainability Month at Oakton!

Join us for another month of programming this October to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month. This effort, initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.AASHE.org) is a great way to learn more about different sustainability related topics while on campus. We also encourage students to take part in Project Green Challenge. This eye-opening series of interactive activities and exploration will help individuals learn more about their daily behaviors, the importance of “going green”, and what practices can help them in making a difference. Participate as often or as little as you like and have the chance to win sustainable prizes! Top five participants from Oakton will win some sustainability swag from our office as well :).

See below for details and come back again for full list of events, room locations, and updates!

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Warehouse Manager/Project Coordinator (Part Time)–Looking to fill immediately!

Warehouse Manager/Project Coordinator (Part Time)
Location: Skokie, IL

Lightitech is an energy efficiency startup, based in Chicago, that offers clients a wide range of energy-saving solutions. We are a Trade Ally in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, which allows us to offer customized rebates/incentives to our utility customers ranging from small to medium businesses, and public entities, thereby helping them to meet their energy saving goals and reduce operating costs. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about energy efficiency or wants to learn about the industry for the position above to join our small and growing team immediately.
Duties and Responsibilities (these are some, but not all):
● Pull and get ready all materials for next week’s upcoming projects and with the project’s
Scope of Work (SOW) attached to the materials
● Work with Operations Manager to ensure all projects have the materials needed for
installation
● Update weekly quantity of materials in the warehouse on the Inventory sheet
● Drop off and pick up materials from project sites, vendors, or any other places as needed
● Bring all materials and supplies that are required for a project to the job site as needed
● Ensure the warehouse is organized at all times and boxes cut up and thrown away
Requirements:
● Must have valid driver’s license and reliable and insured automobile (non negotiable)
● Detailed oriented and organized
● Must pass background check
● Must always represent the company in a professional manner and abiding by all safety
and employee guidelines
● Must be comfortable working in a storage warehouse environment 75% of the time
● Must be able to lift 30 lbs boxes occasionally
● Flexible schedule
Compensation:
● Hourly – negotiable
● 1099 for first 3 months
● Part time 10 – 15 hours a week to start; opportunity for more hours once experience
gained
Please send resumes to contact@lightitech.com.


Greenest Region Corps Volunteer Application (Deadline September 9, 2018)

The Greenest Region Corps is a NEW partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic volunteers to lead sustainability projects in a select group of our GRC communities. AmeriCorps volunteers will work directly for a GRC community on a project that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. Volunteers will be recruited and administered by the Caucus, but will be placed directly in one of eight community locations. In addition, volunteers will receive training and mentoring from staff at the USEPA Region 5 Office in Chicago and Moraine Valley Community College. The program is anticipated to start in October 2018 and volunteers must complete 1,700 service hours by December 2019. Volunteers will be paid a living allowance and will be provided health insurance. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the benefits of serving, please visit:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

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Greenbuild Volunteers Needed!! November 14-16 in Chicago

The annual Greenbuild conference will be held in Chicago this November and in order to make it successful, the planning team is looking for college students and young professionals who can volunteer during the event. Volunteers gain FREE admission to the conference! This is a great way to network with others in the green building profession and learn more about future opportunities. Check out the link below to sign up!

https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/community/usgbc-volunteers.html

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Environmental Educator, Spring Valley Nature Center (Part-Time)

Environmental Educator, Spring Valley Nature Center (Part-Time)
JOB SUMMARY:    Under the supervision of the EE Coordinator, the Environmental Educator is responsible for providing environmental education experiences for school children.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:

  • Offers children a unique way to experience and learn about the natural world and our pioneer past.
  • Involves hands-on investigation and active participation in a small group setting.
  • Provides activities and themes that change seasonally and are geared toward specific age groups, especially for ages 3–12.

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Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator: UW-Whitewater

Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator – Facilities Planning and Management/College of Letters and Sciences – 14421

For full details and to apply, visit: http://www.uww.edu/employment/university-staff/posting?listing=1671

INTRODUCTION:

The Facilities, Planning and Management Department and the College of Letters and Sciences seeks a Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator (Operations Program Associate).

This is a full time, project position: 50% under Facilities, Planning and Management and 50% under the College of Letters and Sciences with an anticipated duration of one year from the start date. This project position will be subject to re-evaluation at the end of next fiscal year. This position will enhance the quality, frequency, and utility of communications and events about Sustainability Office and Science Outreach and related initiatives across the university to generate awareness and share successful stories and outcomes. It will develop, improve, and maintain the administration of the Sustainability Office and Science Outreach functions and support related faculty and staff. In addition, it will assist in the development of projects to pursue a more strategic and balanced program array. This is a one-year project position which will report to the Sustainability Coordinator within Facilities, Planning and Management and to the Science Outreach Coordinator within the College of Letters and Sciences. Time for each area of responsibility will be split evenly between the Sustainability and Science Outreach Offices.

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