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Ecological Project Superintendent (Bachelor’s Required)

Ecological Project Superintendent

Job Summary

Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.

Cardno is seeking an Ecological Project Superintendent in our Chicago, IL office. This position will assist with management and technical oversight of ecological restoration projects, landscape construction projects, supervision of field work and field staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

> Oversee and implement ecological restoration projects at the ground level
> Oversee and implement landscape construction projects at the ground level
> Supervise field personnel
> Oversight of contractors
> Procure materials for projects
> Mentor field staff regarding ecological restoration techniques, equipment and general construction
> Conduct site visits and field assessments
> Develop work plans and follow contract specifications
> Develop schedule for field staff and contractors
> Prepare routine correspondence, data reports, standardized documents and work plans for internal and client review
> Comply with all company and client safety requirements

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Tree Conservation Research Aide – Part-time (Lisle)

Position Summary:

Assist with compiling data on threatened oak trees for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, which is an authoritative global assessment of the conservation status of plant and animal species.  Work with Tree Conservation Specialist to prioritize oaks for assessment and synthesize research.  Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration of 12 months, with a potential for extension.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with gathering data on oak species from a multitude of sources to contribute to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Enter data on oak species into the IUCN Species Information Service database and edit existing data.
  • Provide support to the Tree Conservation Specialist with regard to The Morton Arboretum’s role in leading oak research and conservation efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Notebaert Nature Museum–TEENS Education Intern (Paid)

Position: Education Intern, Teen Programs
Background: The Nature Museum seeks Education Interns with a background in environmental science, ecology, environmental education, and/or youth development to assist with the Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) summer program. This six-week program engages a cohort of thirty Chicago high school students in a detailed study of ecosystems found in the city’s parks and neighborhoods. Youth contribute data to existing local, regional and global research projects, and develop their own research questions to investigate. TEENS participants learn how to perform a wide range of environmental science field and laboratory methods, and investigate the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems. Students also learn to use global positioning system (GPS) enabled tablets to collect spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) software to analyze data and create maps and other visualizations of project data. Education Interns will assist with the implementation of TEENS summer program curriculum and mentor youth as they develop field-based research projects.

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Forest Preserve District & Audubon Chicago–Paid Internships

Great Opportunity for the Summer–APPLY TODAY!

The Forest Preserves in partnership with Audubon Chicago Region has 2 internships available to work with Forest Preserve Resource Specialists this summer. $12 per hr, 12 weeks, 30 hrs. per week.  Starts June 1st.  Internship Posting link with job description:

Audubon Career Center: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2487/conservation-intern/job

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