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Skokie Farmers’ Market Assistant Manager Position! Apply by February 21

The Village of Skokie is looking for the next Assistant Farmers’ Market Manager (AMM). Primary duties of the AMM will be to coordinate the Farmers’ Market SNAP program to assist low-income individuals purchase fresh produce at the market. Other duties will be to create the weekly Skokie Farmers’ Market email newsletter, assist with Farmers’ Market Social Media, organize/coordinate entertainment and activities at the Market and assist the Market Manager in a variety of ways including setting up the market each week.

The AMM will be an enthusiastic advocate of local and sustainable agriculture. The AMM must have a positive and energetic attitude and be reliable, friendly, self-motivated and possess excellent communication, customer service and conflict resolution skills. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as inter-dependently with others involved in the farmer’s market.

Must be in good physical condition and able to work in all outdoor weather conditions. Must have great customer service and people skills. Must have good computer skills. Ideal candidate will be an independent thinker and have the ability to promote the Skokie Farmers’ Market on a number of platforms.

Application deadline is February 21, 2020.
For more information and to complete an application, please click here.


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Power Up: Exploring Alternative Energy Careers, Thursday November 14, 2019

Join other teens and college students in learning more about the current state of alternative energy in our world, the career prospects now and in the future, and how you can best prepare yourself to be part of this shift. Contact greenteam@oakton.edu today to get involved!

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Students!! Attend Citizens’ Climate Lobby Regional Conference (September 20-22 ) for only $20!

Are you interested in learning more about how YOU can make a difference when it comes to policy that fights climate change? Come to the 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Regional Conference to LEARN and NETWORK with like-minded folks. The student fee for registration is only $20! The conference will be held Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Interested? Sign up by September 12.

From their site: CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change. And with an effective, bipartisan climate bill introduced in Congress right now, that political will is more important than ever!

The Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and longtime CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Great Lakes Region – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dell and John Sabin (greatlakes-rc@citizensclimate.org)


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Earth Week 2019, Session Descriptions

Visit here for a calendar of events.

Bird Walk: Paul Gulezian, assistant biology professor (Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.) Walk the grounds of the Des Plaines campus and discover what birds are living near us or visiting for the season. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.

Wildling Kin: Chicago’s More-than-Human Worlds:Gavin Van Horn, Director, Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature Stories provide a bridge between the sciences and the humanities, offering a critical means of communicating and reflecting upon urban wildlife issues. Join Gavin Van Horn, the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds (University of Chicago Press, 2018), in exploring the importance of story as a means to knowing the city and its nonhuman denizens. Van Horn will highlight his recently published book as well as the “City Creatures” project, which he leads for the Center for Humans and Nature. Comprised of an interdisciplinary collective of authors and artists, this project utilizes the power of art, poetry, and personal narrative to draw attention to urban animals and our shared urban habitats. Van Horn will draw examples from the City Creatures Blog; the edited volume City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015); and The Way of Coyote to illustrate the ways in which stories can deepen appreciation for the ways in which our lives are entangled with urban wildlife. Funding provided by a grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation to the Environmental Studies Concentration.

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Oakton’s Earth Week 2019 Events Announced!

Event Descriptions can be found here.

**Please note, an earlier version of this calendar showed that Creating Justice Symposium would be held on Saturday, April 27. The actual date is April 20. More details will be posted here when available.**


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Audubon Habitat Restoration Paid Internships–Apply Now!

For over a decade, Audubon Great Lakes has trained young adults for careers in conservation through our Audubon Wings Internship program. Annually, Audubon hires, trains, and supervises Restoration Interns, who work on lands managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District, respectively.

The Audubon Habitat Restoration Internship is a 16-20 week program focusing on ecological restoration and land stewardship. Interns are seasonal, full-time (40 hour/week) employees and provided competitive hourly salary. Interns work outside in various extreme weather conditions and must be able to commit to a flexible schedule throughout the program, as weather determines the workday. Previous experience in habitat restoration is not required, but interns are expected to complete necessary trainings and certifications in order to complete assigned projects in the field. During the program, interns will carry-out work orders to remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute native seeds, plant native plugs, and participate in prescribed burns.

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TreeKeepers Course in March

TreeKeepers is running a forestry volunteer training program at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs beginning in late March. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy.

The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally and world-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, pruning, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt.

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified TreeKeeper, please contact Al De Reu (adereu@openlands.org). For more information about the program, please visit http://www.openlands.org/treekeepers.