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