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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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Full-Time Restoration Ecologist, McHenry County

Restoration Ecologist (to apply: http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/employment-opportunities/)

STATUS: Full-time

LOCATION: Richmond, IL

SALARY:  Annual starting salary at $48,726

JOB OVERVIEW:  The McHenry County Conservation District is currently seeking a Restoration Ecologist for the management and restoration of the natural features of District lands. This position conducts assigned biological inventories, designs and implements natural habitat restoration projects, and monitors natural features on District lands as assigned.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Collects ecological data as assigned and assists in biological inventory work as required.
  • Makes recommendations to the Natural Resources Manager for inclusion in departmental land protection requests as well as conversion of existing farm leases to native communities.
  • Supervises the Restoration Technician as well as coordinates and assists staff, seasonal/ temporary employees and volunteers in natural resource management projects.
  • Plans and conducts prescribed burns, brush cutting, weed control, and hydrological restoration activities. Supervises activities of contractors on restoration projects as assigned.
  • Assists in the collection of native seeds and plants native seeds in restoration projects utilizing both machinery and by hand as well as conducts noxious and problem weed control with herbicide, biological control agents and through mechanical means as needed.
  • Carries out routine and advanced maintenance of equipment.
  • Fabricates new equipment as needed and assists in the operation and maintenance of Natural Resources support facilities such as the regional shops and Research Field Station.
  • Transports natural resource management equipment for utilization in the field.
  • Provides professional expertise to other District divisions.
  • Assists in public and staff educational efforts in conjunction with other divisions within the District. Participates in interpreting the District’s natural resource management efforts.
  • Prepares and leads natural resource presentations for the general public, staff, and volunteers.
  • Assists the Natural Resource Manager in the development and formulation of Natural Ecosystem Management Plans.
  • Develops bid specifications for restoration projects as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A./ B.S.) from four-year college or university in biology, ecology, zoology, or a natural resource related field.
  • Four years related experience working in a natural resource management program and one year of supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of ecological principles, and Midwest natural communities and natural history.
  • Considerable knowledge of ecology, zoology, and botany as they apply to natural resource and land management issues.
  • Ability to carry out job duties safely using and maintaining power equipment such as chainsaws and brush cutters and heavy equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, practices and techniques involved in land restoration projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in the development of sound land management practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of laws, rules, and regulatory requirement relating to development and management of wild lands.
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a valid U.S.D.A Pesticide Operator’s license.
  • Possess or be willing to obtain prescribed burn crew certificate.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license and be able to obtain and maintain a CDL.

 

 

 

Questions: Contact HR at 815-338-6223 x1237.


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Sustainability Fellow–University of Mississippi

Sustainability Fellow – University of Mississippi
The Sustainability Fellowship at the University of Mississippi is an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain professional experience in the field of sustainability within the higher education context.  The Fellow contributes to and participates in the work of the UM Office of Sustainability as well as manages his/her own projects.  The Fellow oversees the development and facilitation of the EcoReps program, a peer-to-peer leadership and service program to engage and empower students living on campus in sustainable activities, issues and personal choices. Depending on interest areas, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to work on sustainability topics including active transportation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, diversity and inclusion and food sustainability. In addition, the Fellow will be involved in the university’s comprehensive data collection effort for the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System.  The Sustainability Fellowship is a temporary position with a minimum term of one year and maximum term of up to two years.  It is an entry-level position but successful applicants will have some experience in and knowledge of the field of sustainability.

Apply online:  https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/13989

Learn more about the UM Office of Sustainability:  https://sustain.olemiss.edu/


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Program & Event Facilitator, Part-Time Paid, Bachelor’s Required

Program & Event Facilitator – Burnham Wildlife Corridor

This position will support the work of the Outdoor and Environmental Education Unit in the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources.  It is responsible for administrative and program support for the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, a 100-acre ribbon of urban wilderness running through Burnham Park. It is home to five unique “gathering spaces,” which have been designed, created, and activated by teams of local artists and community-based organizations from the Chinatown, Bronzeville, and Pilsen neighborhoods. The BWC Gathering Spaces are artistic installations and seating areas, reflective of nature and culture that serve as assembly grounds and resting points for people exploring this part of the lakefront. They are located on both the east and west sides of Lake Shore Drive.

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Paid Internship, Effort to Ban Styrofoam

This summer, the Fund for the Public Interest is hiring paid summer staff to work with Environment Illinois to run a grassroots campaign protecting wildlife! You will be to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene (or what a lot of people think of as styrofoam). Foam is one of the most egregious forms of plastic pollution. Not only because it can’t be recycled and doesn’t degrade, but it also is very harmful to wildlife- injuring or killing animals from earthworms to whales because they confuse the foam with food.

If you’re interested in protecting the environment, earning $11-16/hour, gaining campaign & leadership skills, or if you are looking for a fun summer job you should fill out your contact info at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply-now.html or call (312)-559-4701.