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Several Entry-Level and Summer Positions Posted in Environmental Fields

There are some amazing local opportunities currently available for students and young professionals interested in a career related to environmental sciences. Some of these are summer positions (remember, hiring for the summer season starts early–like NOW!) and others are full or part-time beginning in the spring. There are also many internship opportunities. Openings are constantly changing. Check out the Chicago Environmental Network for a great selection of opportunities, including:

  • Youth Conservation Corp Leader (McHenry County Conservation District)
  • Summer Ecology Assistant (Fermilab)
  • Restoration Technician (Pizzo & Associates)
  • Crew Leader (Student Conservation Association)
  • Development and Communications Assistant (Lincoln Park Conservatory)
  • Gypsy Moth Survey Trapper (Slow the Spread Foundation Inc.)
  • Aquatic Plant Maintenance (Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Ecological Restoration Technician (Seasonal–Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Lab Sample Collector (Chicago Park District)
  • ….and SO MANY MORE!

 


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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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NWF Virtual EcoCareer Conference, February 22-23

Happy New Year – make 2017 the year that you land your dream EcoCareer!

NWF’s Virtual EcoCareer Conference 2017 (February 22-23) is designed to help.

Leading professionals from the following organizations and businesses, will share insider knowledge on the latest EcoCareer trends and current employment demand across a variety of green career fields.

We are excited to highlight a few of the many leading professionals included in the lineup of speakers (more to be announced soon!). These panelists will be joined by NWF representatives to discuss how project-based leadership enhances employability and tips for getting hired: Continue reading


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Witnessing Change–Video Competition, Submissions Due April

Witnessing Change Video Competition

 The Witnessing Change Video Competition for high school and college students is the field component of the Climate Cost Project. The video competition gives students the chance to work with members of their own communities to document climate impacts, and through their work, become advocates for change. Videos can be nominated by teachers or schools to compete in the nationwide competition. There will be separate competitions for high school and college students, and cash prizes of $500 and $250 for first and second place for each competition. Winners will be promoted by the Climate Cost Project and through partner environmental organizations. Students may produce their videos individually or in teams.

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2017 MOSAICS in Science Internship–Deadline February 6

Applications for the 2017 MOSAICS in Science internship are now being accepted through February 6, 2017
 
The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System.  Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C. 
 
The Great Lakes Research and Education Center will be hosting a Pollinator Steward intern at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. The Pollinator Steward will gain hands on experience in both research and science outreach by 1) initiating a pilot native pollinator stewardship program and 2) collecting updated data on native bee diversity in the park.   
 
 
Applications will be accepted now through February 6 at  http://www.mosaicsinscience.org/


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Register NOW! Principles and Practice of Ecological Restoration

Here at Oakton, we are thrilled about our new Environmental Studies Concentration and the academic growth, hands-on experiences, and broadened horizons it will bring to our students and our campus. This spring, we are excited to share a brand new course: Principles and Practice of Ecological Restoration (Listed in the catalog as: Topics in Biology: Principles and Practice of Ecological Restoration – 11932 – BIO 290 – 001).

This immersive and hands-on course will educate students on the history and importance of ecological restoration practices and allow them to put classroom knowledge to the test with hands-on restoration projects on campus. This is excellent training for individuals who may be interested in careers related to ecology, restoration, natural resources, forestry, environmental science, or related work areas. However, it is also a great experience for anyone who cares about the natural world and wants to spend time learning about and protecting our local wild spaces.

Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:20pm on our Des Plaines Campus, the 3-credit course runs March 21 through May 11. If you are not currently an Oakton student, but would like to sign up for this class, we invite you to apply for admission now!

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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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