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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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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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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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Full-Time Restoration Ecologist, McHenry County

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

STATUS: Full-time

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:

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.


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Program & Event Facilitator, Part-Time Paid, Bachelor’s Required

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.

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Earth Week 2018–Session Details

For a quick, shareable pdf of our Earth Week events, click earthweekpstr18LR. For details about each of the sessions, see below!

Earth Day 2018 Event Descriptions:

Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, no RSVP required*

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