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Student Conservation Association openings for all female crew in Chicago!!

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is
America’s #1 conservation service organization.
We’re seeking female crew member applicants to
conserve natural areas in the Chicago Park District!

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work alongside a crew of 10 young-adult women, ages
18-25, to complete various conservation projects within
Chicago Park District natural areas. Activities include using
hand and power tools to complete projects such as:
trail/park maintenance; habitat restoration; invasive species
removal; herbicide application; and leading stewardship
days. Crew member’s work will focus on projects at the
following sites: Hegewisch Marsh, Indian Ridge Marsh,
Big Marsh, Sherman Park, Washington Park, McKinley
Park, Ping Tom Park, and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
The crew will also participate in environmental education
workshops, certificate trainings and outdoor recreation.

APPLY TODAY!
Email resume and cover letter to both Daiva Gylys at
dgylys@thesca.org and CM Tena at ctena@thesca.org
with subject line “2019 All Women’s Crew.”
Apply Early! Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.
thesca.org

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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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Now Hiring! Part-time Naturalist at Oakton!!

Naturalist

Basic Function and Responsibility:Assists with maintenance of grounds, gardens, trails, and all other parts of designated natural areas and sites; mainly through coordination with outside contractors.  Provides environmental education programming and conservation-based nature education workshops to students and partners of the College. Organizes and develops interpretive programs and curriculum-based programs for the College students, civic and special interest groups, and the general public on the natural history of the natural areas and other ecological or environmental themes. Cares for botanical and zoological specimens, and other exhibit and education materials. Assists local County Forest Preserve biologists and ecologists with research and other programs and projects. Performs all other job related duties as assigned. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:Performs tasks in designated natural areas, including seeding, gathering seeds, fertilizing, planting, etc. Responsible for overall public safety of natural areas and trails.
 Schedules, coordinates, and watches over work performed by outside contractors such as controlled burns, tree removal, pesticide application, etc.

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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.

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Print Wise–Changes to Student Printing Spring 2019

“Save a Tree for ME!”

In 2017 Oakton users printed more than 2.7 million pages.That’s equivalent to cutting down 325 trees or a forest the size of 6.5football fields!

To reduce paper waste in computer labs, print jobs are now sent to a release station before printing.  Since the start of Fall semester, these stations have already reduced over 36,086 sheets from being printed (the equivalent of 4.33trees!).

 Coming next semester,Spring 2019: To conserve resources, and reduce wasteful printing, Oakton will provide each student with$20 a semester in their print account (equivalent to 400 black and white sheets). Based on our data, this means that over 90% of students will still print for free on campus! If students wish to print more, they can add funds to their account at $.05/black and white sheet. Color and specialty printing will be priced at a higher rate.

Since this effort will involve a period of adjustment, the IT Department and Sustainability Center are requesting your input. If you have any questions or suggestions please join us at one of these information forums:

Des Plaines Campus: December 5, 10:30-11:30am in Room 1606

Skokie Campus: December 6, 10:30-11:30am in Room P103

Or reach out to greenteam@oakton.edu. Thank you for your help in supporting our green initiatives!