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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.


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Alliance for the Great Lakes Outreach Affiliate — Chicago, temporary part-time position

Summary

Outreach Affiliate will support the work of the Alliance’s education and volunteer efforts, including the Adopt-a-Beach™ Program, on-the-ground volunteer opportunities, and other local projects in and around Chicago. The Outreach Affiliate will work closely with the Volunteer Manager and Education Manager on communications, event planning, research, data management and evaluation of our programs.

This is a part-time, temporary, paid position for March – September 2019.  Applicants for this position must have college experience. Progressive work experience may be considered in lieu of college experience. This position is based in Chicago, IL.  Applicants must be comfortable with navigating travel in the Chicagoland area.

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Support the Alliance’s volunteer programs by conducting outreach to new and returning volunteers and mailing Adopt-a-Beach™ supplies;
  • Provide logistical support to the Adopt-a-Beach™ program by organizing and accurately imputing data from Adopt-a-Beach™, advocacy and special events;
  • Attend local Adopt-a-Beach™ events;
  • Attend community tabling/speaking events to recruit potential volunteers and expand the Alliance’s presence in the community;
  • Coordinate in-person and online trainings for volunteers;
  • Coordinate with beach/land managers to ensure proper permits for Adopt-a-Beach™ events;
  • Conduct online research to support Alliance volunteering programming, with a focus on volunteer management technology and community engagement in communities not currently engaged by the Alliance; and
  • Help with administrative/office tasks as needed.
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Mount Prospect, Part-Time Nature Instructor

Mt. Prospect Park District

JOB GUIDELINE: Nature Instructor – Part-Time –

APPLY HERE

PRIMARY LOCATION: Friendship Park Conservatory

REPORTING SUPERVISOR: Friendship Park Conservatory Department Manager

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This is a part-time position, which allows a creative thinker to design and implement programming for children of all ages. Hours vary according to classes and registrations. Self-starting individual with nature background will be responsible for designing and implementing fun and educational park district programs for children. Summer day camps are a vital part of this position.

DUTIES: Create and present educational and outdoor skill programs for children including, but not limited to insects, food chains, animals, birds, ecology, and nature. Lead nature-themed lessons, art, activities while working outdoors. Create and lead programs for scout troops to earn badges. Keep detailed records for classes and other events. Keep all program manuals updated. Work directly with the students by leading and/ or supervising them in planned activities. Attend all required staff meetings, trainings, and workshops. Maintain a clean and organized work environment. Perform the job in compliance with District policies, procedures, and work rules. All other duties as assigned by the Conservatory Department Manager, Director of Recreation and/or the Executive Director. However, in an emergency, perform all other duties as required.

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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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