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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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How to Get a Job in Sustainability: Purpose-Driven Careers in Business, NGOs, and Government, Webinar March 6


Webinar: Wednesday, March 6th, 7 PM EST 
Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline mission-driven career strategies in sustainable business, non-profits and goverment for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates, and for professionals looking to make a move. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what the current political climate means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, cover grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later); and take questions from the audience. 

Please register here for log-in details and more information. 


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Student Conservation Association openings for all female crew in Chicago!!

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is
America’s #1 conservation service organization.
We’re seeking female crew member applicants to
conserve natural areas in the Chicago Park District!

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work alongside a crew of 10 young-adult women, ages
18-25, to complete various conservation projects within
Chicago Park District natural areas. Activities include using
hand and power tools to complete projects such as:
trail/park maintenance; habitat restoration; invasive species
removal; herbicide application; and leading stewardship
days. Crew member’s work will focus on projects at the
following sites: Hegewisch Marsh, Indian Ridge Marsh,
Big Marsh, Sherman Park, Washington Park, McKinley
Park, Ping Tom Park, and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
The crew will also participate in environmental education
workshops, certificate trainings and outdoor recreation.

APPLY TODAY!
Email resume and cover letter to both Daiva Gylys at
dgylys@thesca.org and CM Tena at ctena@thesca.org
with subject line “2019 All Women’s Crew.”
Apply Early! Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.
thesca.org

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FREE for Veterans–Basic PV Training Course

FREE PV 101 COURSE FOR VETS

ONLINE – November 14 – December 18

To honor the service of U.S. Veterans, we are offering free tuition for Veterans for Basic PV 101 Online, running November 14 – December 18.

This four-week online course teaches the basics of solar PV, including how PV systems work, selecting solar system size and basic analysis of solar costs.

ENTER DISCOUNT CODE “VETS101” or call Jenny Heinzen at 715-592-6595 ext. 108 to receive free tuition for Veterans. 

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Field Projects International–Enroll by November 18

Are you an undergraduate or recent graduate interested in getting hands-on field experience? Field Projects International provides great opportunities to travel and learn! Upcoming courses in Peru and India are focused on tropical entomology, primate-carnivore ecology, and vertebrate field biology. These opportunities are ideal for those pursuing or contemplating a major in biology, anthropology, ecology, or pre-veterinary science. To find out more about each of the sessions, keep reading and click on the titles for further details. You have until November 18 to enroll for these incredible opportunities!

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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars–Apply by February 8th

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched a new program to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce. The program is funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) teaches an approach to conservation in which diversity and inclusion are integral. The first cohort of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars – to be named in April 2016 – will comprise 20 undergraduate students chosen through a nation-wide competition.
The multi-year program provides participants with an immersive learning experience on and around the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as in other parts of the state. The curriculum incorporates minority history, culture, and experiences into students’ understanding of conservation practices.
Participants will complete eight weeks of lab research at SNRE’s facilities in June/July 2016, as well as an eight-week internship at an area environmental organization the following year. Each scholarship provides for travel expenses, room and board, a $4,000 stipend, and a $250 discretionary supplement per summer.
Successful applicants must demonstrate a passion for conservation, nature, and the environment, and must desire a career aligned with that passion. By February 8, 2016, applicants must complete an online application form and three essay questions, and secure two letters of recommendation.
For more information about the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, please contact Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor (ddcsp-snre@umich.edu). Information is also available at http://www.ddcsp-umich.com.