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


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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University of New Hampshire–Sustainability Fellowship, due February 17

The UNHSI Sustainability Fellows program is now accepting applications, through 2017.

The program pairs graduate and upperclass  students from throughout the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and NGO partners in New England to work on innovative climate change and sustainability initiatives.  This is a summer opportunity for experiential learning, professional development, and mentorship in their field—which also provides a $6,000 stipend.  As you’ll see, this year’s 20 projects run the gamut from scientific research to data analysis and technical assistance to policy to business development to communications and outreach:

This year we’ll start May 31st and run through August 18th.   Applications can be submitted on the UNH Sustainability website (, and will be accepted through February 17, 2017.

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Internship Fair at Oakton, January 25

Internships are among the most important predictors of career success, allowing students to gain professional experience, build their résumés and explore careers. With that in mind, Oakton Community College is hosting a Jan. 25 spring internship information session and fair at the college’s Skokie campus, Room P103, 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue.

“Internships provide real-world work experiences that can open doors to future employment,” says Internship Coordinator Shannon McKenzie. “I invite students to bring their résumés and meet representatives from our partner businesses to learn about internship opportunities.”

Oakton’s internship program is seeking to fill approximately 75 internship positions with local companies in a variety of fields, including accounting, business, sales, marketing, information technology, manufacturing, graphic design, communications and politics/government. Most positions include compensation between $9-12 per hour.

Oakton’s free internship events take place Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Skokie. The day includes the following events:

• Information Session (11:30 a.m. – noon): Learn about the Oakton internship program, including benefits to students, eligibility requirements, application instructions and résumé and cover letter tips.
• Internship Fair (Noon – 1:30 p.m.): Meet representatives from several of Oakton’s partner businesses to learn about internship opportunities.

Attendance at the fair and information session is not required for students to apply to the internship program or to be considered for any potential internship position. For more information, including a listing of available internships, visit the Oakton website,, or contact the internship office at or 847-376-7165.

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Student Sustainability Researcher–APPLY NOW for Spring 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Student Sustainability Researcher here at Oakton Community College. This is an incredible way to gain more insight into sustainability concepts and projects here at the College. We hope to fill the position early in the Spring Semester. Please apply now!


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Paid Position-Forest Preserve Programming Specialist (full-time)

Forest Preserve Programming Specialist Position

Job Posting:  Oct 19, 2016, 12:35:20 PM

Closing Date:  Nov 2, 2016, 11:59:00 PM

Posting Salary:  $43,472.89 Yearly

Job Summary

Under designated supervision by Conservation & Experiential Programming Recreation Staff, provides hands-on outdoor recreation activities to District patrons at a variety of special events, activities, sites and programs at numerous locations around Cook County. May be assigned to oversee a specific aspect of outdoor recreation and/or camping programming; and will assist in overseeing seasonal support staff for those projects. Develops programmatic ideas, concepts and, in some cases, curriculum that will be delivered as a mobile team around the District.  Assists with programmatic and customer service interaction at events including, but not limited to, campgrounds, camping trainings, climbing wall, outdoor recreation activities, special events and programs.

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Paid Sustainability Internship in Evanston!!

This opening is posted through the City of Evanston, but Oakton students are encouraged to contact Shannon McKenzie-Brady, Internship Specialist, at 847-376-7165 or

Internship title: Sustainability Communications and Outreach

Name and title of supervisor: Kumar Jensen, Acting Sustainability Manager

Projects/activities to be assigned to intern:
• Develop weekly content for sustainability messaging on the City’s web and social media outlets, working in conjunction with the Community Engagement Division, and other intern teams to promote real-time information to the community. Includes writing articles for City’s weekly newsletter (30,000 distribution).
• Focus specifically on growing our Twitter presence through targeted campaigns and developing Twitter specific content for the Office of Sustainability.
• Develop bi-weekly content for Sustainability newsletters to promote and communicate the city’s sustainability news to be distributed to over 2,500 e-mail accounts in the City’s Sustainability Newsletter Group.
• Manage updates to the City’s Sustainability Webpages including Sustainability page on City’s website ( and separate sustainability Blog Green Buzz (
• Develop contact lists for the Office of Sustainability to aid in distributing content to specific groups and organizations within the Evanston community.
• Provide content creation and evaluation support as the City evaluates and rebuilds its website.
• Attend community events as a representative of the Office of Sustainability and promote City programs and initiatives.
• Respond to calls, emails and requests from community members related to City sustainability programming.
• Support the Sustainability Manager by preparing presentations, conducting project research and taking notes during meetings.
• Other duties and projects as assigned by the Sustainability Manager.

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The Wilderness Society-Winter Internships

Job Title: The Wilderness Society Intern

Location: Chicago, IL (and surrounding suburbs)

Term: January- April, 8-10 hours a week

 Background and Campaign Description:

The Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed in 1935 to defend the nation’s wild public lands against rapid development, urbanization and natural resource exploitation. Our mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. Over the years, we have helped grow the national wilderness preservation system to over 110 million acres across the country. This Spring, we will be working in Chicago, IL to further protect our parks and natural spaces.

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