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Temporary Paid Position: Northwestern University Sustainability Department

Position Type: Temporary
Position Title: sustainNU Customer Service Representative
Rate: $12-15/hour
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm with a 30 minute lunch

Job Summary
The sustainNU Customer Service Representative facilitates the timely and successful completion of resource conservation service requests submitted by Northwestern University faculty, staff and students. This individual will work closely with the sustainNU team to increase awareness and visibility of sustainable practices and build strong partnerships on campus

Responsibilities
• Coordinates all aspects of electronics recycling (ecycling) program including receiving requests for ecycling pickups, scheduling pickups through a third party vendor and facilitating the collection of all received ecycling equipment through our contracted recycling hauler.
• Processes all requests for trash and recycling services communicating with waste hauler as needed to ensure successful pickups.
• Reconciles all services requests which may include reviewing work order status, confirming billing information and ensuring all requests are processed accurately and in a timely manner.
• Coordinates requests for recycling bins and manages inventory.
• Serves as point of contact for sustainNU inquiries.
• Supports other sustainNU program areas as needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned or required.

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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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Mobilize Green: Youth Conservation Crew Leaders Needed for Summer 2019 (paid)

MobilizeGreen is seeking residential Crew Leaders, Site Coordinators, and Environmental Educators for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs during the summer of 2019. The MobilizeGreen-Forest Service YCC program includes multiple three-week residential programs for diverse young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age where members live and work together as a team. Staff will lead teams of high-school youth to work on conservation-related projects together during the day and participate in environmental education, personal development opportunities, and outdoor recreation activities during the evenings and weekends. The goal of the program is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor, and teamwork. Staff work in collaboration with a co-leader to manage student and group safety, personal development, camp life, environmental education, and work-project management. Staff also represent MobilizeGreen on-site and coordinate with the Forest Service partner on designated projects. Staff must attend the orientation and skills-based training sessions. Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth and young adult leaders from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged urban and rural communities, from across the country. To download, share and/or post a flyer for this position, click here.

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2018 Campus Sustainability Month at Oakton!

Join us for another month of programming this October to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month. This effort, initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.AASHE.org) is a great way to learn more about different sustainability related topics while on campus. We also encourage students to take part in Project Green Challenge. This eye-opening series of interactive activities and exploration will help individuals learn more about their daily behaviors, the importance of “going green”, and what practices can help them in making a difference. Participate as often or as little as you like and have the chance to win sustainable prizes! Top five participants from Oakton will win some sustainability swag from our office as well :).

See below for details and come back again for full list of events, room locations, and updates!

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Greenest Region Corps Volunteer Application (Deadline September 9, 2018)

The Greenest Region Corps is a NEW partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic volunteers to lead sustainability projects in a select group of our GRC communities. AmeriCorps volunteers will work directly for a GRC community on a project that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. Volunteers will be recruited and administered by the Caucus, but will be placed directly in one of eight community locations. In addition, volunteers will receive training and mentoring from staff at the USEPA Region 5 Office in Chicago and Moraine Valley Community College. The program is anticipated to start in October 2018 and volunteers must complete 1,700 service hours by December 2019. Volunteers will be paid a living allowance and will be provided health insurance. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the benefits of serving, please visit:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

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Greenbuild Volunteers Needed!! November 14-16 in Chicago

The annual Greenbuild conference will be held in Chicago this November and in order to make it successful, the planning team is looking for college students and young professionals who can volunteer during the event. Volunteers gain FREE admission to the conference! This is a great way to network with others in the green building profession and learn more about future opportunities. Check out the link below to sign up!

https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/community/usgbc-volunteers.html

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Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator: UW-Whitewater

Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator – Facilities Planning and Management/College of Letters and Sciences – 14421

For full details and to apply, visit: http://www.uww.edu/employment/university-staff/posting?listing=1671

INTRODUCTION:

The Facilities, Planning and Management Department and the College of Letters and Sciences seeks a Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator (Operations Program Associate).

This is a full time, project position: 50% under Facilities, Planning and Management and 50% under the College of Letters and Sciences with an anticipated duration of one year from the start date. This project position will be subject to re-evaluation at the end of next fiscal year. This position will enhance the quality, frequency, and utility of communications and events about Sustainability Office and Science Outreach and related initiatives across the university to generate awareness and share successful stories and outcomes. It will develop, improve, and maintain the administration of the Sustainability Office and Science Outreach functions and support related faculty and staff. In addition, it will assist in the development of projects to pursue a more strategic and balanced program array. This is a one-year project position which will report to the Sustainability Coordinator within Facilities, Planning and Management and to the Science Outreach Coordinator within the College of Letters and Sciences. Time for each area of responsibility will be split evenly between the Sustainability and Science Outreach Offices.

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