Friday, September 14, 2012


Attention Students with Opinions
That is probably most of you!

The Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE) is looking for students who are interested in sharing their opinions about environmental topics.

The ESE Institute would like to make your opinions known through the ESE newsletter, the ESE website, and even through the Northern Star.

Our staff will help you to edit your opinion piece for public distribution. Email us at ENVS@NIU.EDU with your interest and opinion of interest.

Opinions that have been shared in the past include:
·  Getting involved
·  Making a difference, one action at a time
·  The benefits of organic farming
·  Becoming and environmental leader today

Opinions that would be great to share:
·  Improved recycling
·  Green energy benefits (and/or costs)
·  Living efficiently
·  Habitat preservation
·  Volunteering
·  Greening your major
·  The possibilities are endless!!!


The College of Lake County, located in Grayslake, IL is seeking qualified candidates for a Sustainability Coordinator Position.  This position will be open from September 12, 2012-October 1, 2012.  See below for additional information.

Job Description:
The Sustainability Coordinator* will organize the delivery of programs and services for the college's Sustainability Center. The Sustainability Coordinator* will work in collaboration with CLC faculty and staff, local government agencies, not-for profits, and other agencies and organizations to support the college's sustainability efforts around the campus, in the curriculum, and throughout the community. The Coordinator will be directly involved in providing services to students, faculty, residents, businesses, and others seeking information, resources, and training in the areas of sustainability.   *This is a grant funded position: continued employment in this position is based on external funding sources.

Quicklink for posting and to apply:  

Questions regarding this position may be directed to the College of Lake Countys Human Resources Department at (847) 543-2065 (phone), (847) 543-3065 (fax), or by email at

Cassandra McKinney
Director, Green Economy and Sustainable Water Center
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street, Suite B226  | Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
direct: (847) 543-2645 | fax: (847) 223-0934 | email:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Job Postings

Whetstone Associates, Inc - Gunnison, Colorado (Grand Junction, Colorado Area)

Job Description
Whetstone Associates is seeking a scientist or mathematician with experience and/or
aptitude in environmental database management. The position requires relocation to
Gunnison, Colorado. Job duties will include data compilation, database development
& querying, statistical analysis, 2D mapping in GIS and/or AutoCAD, 3D visualization
of geologic and geochemical data, data contouring, preparing and plotting graphics,
and more. If you have the aptitude and attention-to-detail, this is an opportunity to
become a stable, long-term member of our project team working with environmental
data. Ideal job for a computer geek who loves the high mountains.

Desired Skills & Experience
Our ideal database/GIS guru is detail-oriented and ambitious, with the following
experience and attributes:
- A.S., B.S. or M.S. in earth sciences and/or mathematics
- Working knowledge of relational environmental databases
- Expertise in Microsoft Access and Excel
- Experience in simple programming and querying
- Ability to perform statistical analysis of water quality data
- Extraordinary attention to detail
- Ability to learn EnviroData(r) and EnviroSpase(r) software packages
- Environmental chemistry knowledge is helpful, but not required
- ArcGIS and AutoMAP3D experience is helpful, but not required
- Modflow and Modflow-Surfact experience is a plus, but not required
- ProUCL, Rockworks, LogPlot, Surfer, AQQA experience helpful, but not required

Company Description
Whetstone Associates provides consulting services in groundwater hydrology,
geochemistry, and hydrologic engineering to clients located throughout the western
United States. Our staff includes professional engineers and scientists with a wide
range of domestic and international mining experience. We specialize in
multi-disciplinary projects for permitting, construction, environmental compliance, and
mine closure.
Whetstone Associates offers interesting work in a small company environment with
excellent opportunities for client contact and professional growth. Compensation
package includes salary, incentive pay, health insurance, paid vacation, and
retirement plan. We offer a unique opportunity to live in a vibrant small community
while pursuing a challenging technical career.

Additional Information
Posted: September 3, 2012
Type: Full-time
Experience: Associate
Functions: Consulting, Analyst, Science
Industries: Environmental Services, Mining & Metals, Civil Engineering


Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Environmental Health Specialist I or
Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is seeking a full-time (35-hour week) Environmental Health Specialist I or Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training. The selected candidate will perform duties including environmental health evaluations and environmental health inspections of food services, on-site waste water systems and private water supplies.

An Environmental Health Specialist I must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental health or a closely related field with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in a physical or biological science and licensed as an Environmental Health Practitioner in Illinois.
An Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training must have a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental health or a closely related field with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in a physical or biological science and must acquire an Illinois Environmental Health Practitioner’s license within three (3) years of employment.

This position requires a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation and proof of auto insurance. See full job description for duties and requirements in their entirety at

CUPHD provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes health, dental, and vision insurance with enrollment beginning on the employee’s first day of employment; short-term and long-term disability benefits; vacation/sick/personal leave; fifteen (15) paid holidays per year; and a comprehensive pension plan offered through Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). The starting annual salary for an Environmental Health Specialist I is $36,634 for a 35-hour week; the annual salary for an Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training is $32,866 for a 35-hour week.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Amy Roberts, HR Generalist
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
201 W. Kenyon Road
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Resumes can also be faxed to (217) 531-4343, Attn: Human Resources or e-mailed to:

When applying for this position, reference Recruitment No. 1209-18. Please note:  We can not guarantee your application will be considered if it does not include this recruitment number.

This position is open until filled. CUPHD is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted September 7, 2012     

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ENVS Communication

The ESE Institute (home of Environmental Studies) has several means of communication.

Upcoming Volunteer Activities
  • Friday, September 7th @ 11am: Plant spider plants for Campus Sustainability Day
  • Saturday, September 8th from 3-8pm: Football tailgate recycling
Email Melissa at for more details on any of the above events.


Upcoming Student Group Meetings
  • Green Paws Environmental Alliance: Wednesday at 5pm in DuSable 256
  • Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife: Wednesday at 7pm in Montgomery 442

Research Presentation Opportunities
Central States Universities, Inc.:
Call for Papers
2012 CSUI Annual Research Conference

Held jointly with Argonne National Laboratory

22nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Friday, October 26th, 2012

Registration and Abstract submission deadline
Friday, October 5th, 2012

For undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty of CSUI member institutions CSUI will cover the conference fee and one night’s housing cost at Argonne Guest House double occupancy rates.