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Entry Level Sustainability Position–Seven Generations Ahead, Apply by 1/2/18

Seven Generations Ahead Job Posting

Position: Sustainability Program Associate – Entry Level Position

  1. The Job

The Sustainability Program Associate position will provide program support across a variety of SGA projects and programs, including PlanItGreen and the Fox Valley Sustainability Network (FVSN), Zero Waste Schools, Farm to School, and GreenTown. The position will incorporate research, event and forum production, project implementation support, and other related tasks. As with all SGA staff, the position will also support general SGA organizational events and functions. The full-time position will specifically prioritize the following work tasks:

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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!


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UNHSI Sustainability Fellowships–Application Deadline Extended to 2/19/17

UNHSI’s Sustainability Fellowships pair outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. Sustainability Fellows each undertake to meet challenging deliverables, and receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking and professional development opportunities, and a $6000 stipend.

2017 Project Descriptions

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University of New Hampshire–Sustainability Fellowship, due February 17

The UNHSI Sustainability Fellows program is now accepting applications, through 2017.

The program pairs graduate and upperclass  students from throughout the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and NGO partners in New England to work on innovative climate change and sustainability initiatives.  This is a summer opportunity for experiential learning, professional development, and mentorship in their field—which also provides a $6,000 stipend.  As you’ll see, this year’s 20 projects run the gamut from scientific research to data analysis and technical assistance to policy to business development to communications and outreach:

This year we’ll start May 31st and run through August 18th.   Applications can be submitted on the UNH Sustainability website (, and will be accepted through February 17, 2017.

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Internship Fair at Oakton, January 25

Internships are among the most important predictors of career success, allowing students to gain professional experience, build their résumés and explore careers. With that in mind, Oakton Community College is hosting a Jan. 25 spring internship information session and fair at the college’s Skokie campus, Room P103, 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue.

“Internships provide real-world work experiences that can open doors to future employment,” says Internship Coordinator Shannon McKenzie. “I invite students to bring their résumés and meet representatives from our partner businesses to learn about internship opportunities.”

Oakton’s internship program is seeking to fill approximately 75 internship positions with local companies in a variety of fields, including accounting, business, sales, marketing, information technology, manufacturing, graphic design, communications and politics/government. Most positions include compensation between $9-12 per hour.

Oakton’s free internship events take place Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Skokie. The day includes the following events:

• Information Session (11:30 a.m. – noon): Learn about the Oakton internship program, including benefits to students, eligibility requirements, application instructions and résumé and cover letter tips.
• Internship Fair (Noon – 1:30 p.m.): Meet representatives from several of Oakton’s partner businesses to learn about internship opportunities.

Attendance at the fair and information session is not required for students to apply to the internship program or to be considered for any potential internship position. For more information, including a listing of available internships, visit the Oakton website,, or contact the internship office at or 847-376-7165.

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2017 MOSAICS in Science Internship–Deadline February 6

Applications for the 2017 MOSAICS in Science internship are now being accepted through February 6, 2017
The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System.  Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C. 
The Great Lakes Research and Education Center will be hosting a Pollinator Steward intern at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. The Pollinator Steward will gain hands on experience in both research and science outreach by 1) initiating a pilot native pollinator stewardship program and 2) collecting updated data on native bee diversity in the park.   
Applications will be accepted now through February 6 at

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Go Green Wilmette Intern–Stipend Available

Go Green Wilmette Intern

Go Green Wilmette (GGW) is offering an internship to a qualified applicant to assist our organization with all our activities, especially planning and hosting our annual environmental fair, Going Green Matters, on March 12, 2017. GGW, established in 2006, is a small but very active environmental 501(c)(3) organization working to increase environmental awareness in our community. We are also a founding partner of the Consortium of North Shore Environmental Groups (CONSEG) and North Shore Green Women.

OPPORTUNITIES – Intern can expect:

  • Substantive and meaningful work, under the supervision of various board members
  • Involvement in meetings
  • Several short and long term projects
  • Networking opportunities with many GGW volunteers, Going Green Matters sponsors and exhibitors, and north shore and Chicago members of the environmental community
  • Formal evaluation of the intern’s performance at the end of the internship

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:  Intern will work with GGW Board Members and designated volunteers to assist the organization in activities that may include:

  • Assisting with our annual event, Going Green Matters, scheduled for March 12, 2017. Duties include publicity, sponsor and exhibitor relations, event web site management, facility issues, signage, etc.
  • Assisting with the Consortium of North Shore Environmental Groups (CONSEG) events
  • Editing our on-line newsletter
  • Updating and editing two websites
  • Updating our Facebook page
  • Assisting with book discussions, film showings and public events
  • Attending meetings of the Wilmette Environmental & Energy Commission
  • Participating in community efforts such as increasing business recycling

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:  We are seeking a candidate with strong people skills who can work well on his/her own and with volunteers. Must have a strong interest in environmental issues and have completed related coursework. Excellent writing skills, attention to details and experience in media, marketing and web site management a plus.

HOURS REQUIRED:  Approx. 10 – 20 Hours per week, negotiable, hours and weeks flexible.

This is an unpaid internship that will provide the right candidate with a variety of experiences in the areas of marketing, publicity, media, public events, community organizing and current affairs. Stipend of $599 may be available.

CONTACT:  Beth Drucker

President, Go Green Wilmette

847/910-3172 (Event w