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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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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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Now Hiring! Part-time Naturalist at Oakton!!

Naturalist

Basic Function and Responsibility:Assists with maintenance of grounds, gardens, trails, and all other parts of designated natural areas and sites; mainly through coordination with outside contractors.  Provides environmental education programming and conservation-based nature education workshops to students and partners of the College. Organizes and develops interpretive programs and curriculum-based programs for the College students, civic and special interest groups, and the general public on the natural history of the natural areas and other ecological or environmental themes. Cares for botanical and zoological specimens, and other exhibit and education materials. Assists local County Forest Preserve biologists and ecologists with research and other programs and projects. Performs all other job related duties as assigned. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:Performs tasks in designated natural areas, including seeding, gathering seeds, fertilizing, planting, etc. Responsible for overall public safety of natural areas and trails.
 Schedules, coordinates, and watches over work performed by outside contractors such as controlled burns, tree removal, pesticide application, etc.

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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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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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Earth Week at Oakton, 2018 Events

We are so pleased to announce our 2018 Earth Week events here at Oakton Community College. Check out the calendar below and visit here for details on each session. All of these events are free and open to the public, though we do ask for pre-registration for a couple of them. Please share with your friends and colleagues!

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Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies, Deadline 2/1/2018

The Garden Club of America (GCA) is offering a new scholarship in native plant studies, with applications now being accepted. The Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies supports the study of underutilized native plants at an accredited U.S. college or university or a major botanic garden or arboretum. The GCA will fund one or more Freeman Scholarships annually at a minimum of $3,000.

The scholarship is open to undergraduates and graduate students, advanced degree candidates or non-degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in a U.S.-based institution are eligible.  To apply, visit www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/35Deadline is February 1 preceding the period of study.

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