Monday, March 25, 2013

Direct from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Internships with EPA’s Smart Growth Program
Do you know a student who is interested in helping communities grow more sustainably? The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities, which manages EPA’s Smart Growth program, is seeking interns for summer 2013. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research, support technical assistance efforts in states and communities, develop tools and gain insight into environmental policymaking and planning. Interns may assist with research and writing of briefing papers, reports and presentations; document review; communications activities; and/or analytical and logistical tasks. Applicants should submit a brief cover letter summarizing their interests and qualifications (not to exceed one page), current resume and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Adhir Kackar at Applications for internships are due April 19, 2013. Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to apply, although summer interns do not need to be attending classes. All internships will be housed in EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Internships will be unpaid (although a subsidy is offered to offset commute costs) and moving/relocation costs will not be provided. Start and end dates are flexible.

Two positions are being advertised; applicants are invited to select one or both for consideration. For both positions, OSC is seeking candidates that possess superior oral and written communication skills; are quick learners; demonstrate strong analytic skills in reviewing and collecting information; and work well in a fluid, dynamic environment. Knowledge of sustainable development/smart growth and/or land use/environmental planning issues is highly desired.

Sustainable Communities Intern
OSC is seeking a summer intern to assist with research and writing of briefing papers, reports and presentations; document review; and/or analytical and logistical tasks. Topics could include financing for sustainable infrastructure investments; green building and sustainable design; mapping and metrics to determine the location efficiency for development; local and regional economic development; project financing for transit-oriented development; quantification of the environmental and economic benefits of sustainable development and smart growth; rural sustainable development approaches; and/or climate mitigation and adaptation. The intern will work directly with OSC staff and in some cases colleagues and counterparts throughout EPA and other federal agencies.

Communications Intern
OSC is seeking a summer intern to assist with a wide variety of communications projects. These could include updating or developing content for new pages on the OSC website; assisting with research, writing, and editing of reports and case studies; assisting in outreach to colleges and universities; developing press releases; and advising on social media. The intern may also support communications activities for the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In addition to the skills listed above, the intern should have demonstrated and specialized experience/education in communications efforts.


Outdoor Nation Chicago Signature Summit
July 13-14, 2013, University of Chicago
With its lead partners, Chicago Wilderness and the Chicago Park District, Outdoor Nation will descend on the Windy City July 13-14 for its Midwest Regional Summit. In addition to the partners above, Outdoor
Nation is working with a wide range of local and national not-for‐profit organizations such as Sierra Club, Children in Nature Network and the Chicagoland Environmental Network to identify youth and young adult leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences to attend this once-in‐a-lifetime opportunity.

Outdoor Nation is looking for additional partners in this region to send leaders ages 16–28, who want to be part of a millennial-led movement that is working to champion outdoor issues on campuses and in communities. The two-day Summit will bring together more than 200 millennial leaders to connect with local peers, identify the most pressing regional outdoor issues, discuss and develop strategies and solutions, receive leadership training and ultimately commit to taking action together. With top trainers, facilitators and world class speakers, Outdoor Nation will ensure delegates experience a meaningful leadership development program that provides the resources, information, and access that they need to become outdoor champions and community leaders. Check out for more information on the Summit, how to apply and other opportunities through Outdoor Nation!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Finding Employment through NIU Career Services

Retail Leadership @ NIU


Huskies Get Hired

Naturalist Intern position at Indiana Dunes Learning Center/Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Chesterton, IN
Posted on Huskies Get Hired through Career Services website.

General Description: Dunes Learning Center (DLC) is a residential education facility within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (INDU) that works in close partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). Our mission is to help learners of all ages explore the dynamic relationship between people and their environments using the natural and cultural resources of the Indiana Dunes region.

Naturalist Interns are key members of the program staff at DLC. Naturalist Interns will develop their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. They will instruct children and adults regarding the diversity of ecosystems, plants and animals, and cultural history of the INDU and southern Lake Michigan region. Naturalist Interns often work in pairs during the summer to give each the opportunity to shadow peers, provide and receive feedback, and learn a variety of teaching styles and techniques. Naturalist interns also have the opportunity to shadow NPS staff and attend educator trainings on a variety of topics.

Term of Position: Full-time Summer (June 2, 2013–August 10, 2013) and/or Fall (August 18, 2013-early June, 2014). Must be available to work weekend and evening hours. Both seasons include 2 weeks of training.
·         Present DLC programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based science, and resource stewardship for children; primarily students aged 8-16
·         Lead half-day and day-long educational/interpretive hikes on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore trails including living history cultural programs
·         Attend training workshops, NPS shadowing sessions and regularly scheduled staff meetings
·         Ensure safety and well-being of program participants
·         Conduct evening and weekend programs as scheduled
·         Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities
·         Assist with other duties as required
Required Qualifications:
·         BA/BS in Natural Sciences, Biology, Education, Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Resource or Heritage Interpretation, Outdoor/Environmental Education, or related field
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·         Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles over hilly dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack
·         Great independent worker and team player
·         Possess valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation for local travel between housing and DLC
Desired Qualifications:
·         Prior experience in classroom teaching, outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature centers, or day camps
·         Lifesaving and water safety certification

All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening.
Benefits: $215.00 per week stipend, shared (private bedroom) housing located on INDU property, uniforms, First Aid and CPR training, meals when groups are in residence, and professional development opportunities.
Click on the Apply button below, then

E-mail a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to contact including name, relationship, phone number and email address, to Erin Crofton, Education Director .

CPR, First Aid

Educator Postings - Teachers & Administrators, Job Postings - Alumni, Job Postings- Srs. or Masters Candidates
Number of Positions Available:  
Application Qualifications
Desired Attributes The following attributes are desired for this position.
·         Desired Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education
·         Desired Major/Concentration: Biological Sciences, Education, Middle School: Science, Education, Secondary: Biological Sciences, Education, Secondary: Geography, Education, Secondary: Geology, Education: Elementary Education, Education: Outdoor Teacher Education, Environmental Studies, Geology: Environmental Science
·         Desired Student Status: Alumnus/a, Masters Candidate, Senior
·         Desired Work Authorization Status: Include all candidates
·         Sponsorship: Include all candidates

Monday, March 18, 2013

GREEN Program in Iceland

We are now accepting student applications for our 2013 summer GREEN programs. This immersive experience allows students to interact with cutting edge technology and experts in the field of renewable energy and sustainability, while accelerating their career.

We want you and your close colleagues to be amongst the first to know that this year GREEN is launching a new program in Iceland, which was recently recognized as the "greenest" country in the World. This program is offered in partnership with Reykjavik University's Energy Graduate School of Sustainable Systems (REYST) and the School of Science & Engineering. Upon completion of this 10-day program students will receive transferable academic credit.

Along with the 15 Summer Sessions currently open in Costa Rica the GREEN Program in Iceland is now available to students through the application process on our website.

The GREEN Program enhances your understanding of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability industries by taking you outside of the classroom and into the field. By gaining exclusive access to different Renewable Energy facilities in Costa Rica and Iceland, you will receive the hands-on experience you need to accelerate your career. The GREEN Program provides a perfect balance of interactive online modules, engaging group discussions, and exclusive facility visits to inform, engage, and inspire students of all majors.

The GREEN Program is a short-term experience which combines education, adventure, service learning and cultural immersion that creates a lasting impact and helps you gain global perspective to advance your career.
This year GREEN is launching a new program in Iceland, which was recently recognized as the "greenest" country in the World. This program is offered in partnership with Reykjavik University, which provides transferable academic credit upon completion of the 10-day program.

GREEN's post-program benefits allow like-minded students to stay connected through the GREEN Alumni Network. The Network provides Alumni access to hundreds of other passionate students across the world, internship and job opportunities, as well as industry events.

To gain a better understanding of The GREEN Program, visit our website for a sneak peak of the program and to apply.

Spots on each program are limited to 20 students. Applications are approved on a rolling basis, and spots fill on a first-come, first served basis. Submit your application for the program dates below.
Costa Rica 9-Day SPRING BREAK Programs (4 options)
March 2nd - March 10th
March 9th - March 17th
March 16th - March 24th
March 23rd - March 31st
Iceland 10-Day SUMMER BREAK Program (1 option)
June 14th - June 23, 2013
Costa Rica 12-Day SUMMER BREAK Programs (16 options)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
August 7, 14, 21, 28

We look forward to traveling with you!
-The GREEN Team

Brady Halligan
Director of University and Alumni Relations | (215) 796-7860
"Transforming clean tech education, bringing classrooms to life, accelerating meaningful careers around the world"

Graduate program; Summer Institute; Seasonal Employment

We offer multiple degree options, great fellowships and project assistantships, and engaging dual degree options. Bard offers a holistic approach to learning through interdisciplinary coursework and professional development. Students gain specialized expertise in a professional setting through indepth coursework and research, with practical applications to present day environmental and sustainability issues.

Graduates enter their careers with both a strong academic foundation and a specialized skill set, making them versatile and uniquely qualified for their career of choice. The leadership and communication courses augment the educational experience and prepare students for high-level positions in their chosen field. Our graduates are changing the future in business, non-profit and public sector jobs in the U.S. and abroad.

Here are some upcoming events that they might be interested in:
  • Climate Change and the Economy-Building Resistance through Agriculture: Please join the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard College at Simon's Rock for a panel discussion that aims to uncover the benefits and challenges of local sustainable agriculture from the perspective of climate change, the economy, and our natural resources. 6:00-8:00 pm, March 21st. Register for it here.
  • March 27th Webinar with Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability: You can now register for our upcoming Webinar at 7pm EST, Wednesday evening, March 27th! Chat live with admissions counselors from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability, ask detailed questions about our programs, application process, or any other inquires you might have. Please register for it here today.
  • National Climate Seminar: Listen in real time to climate and clean energy specialists talk about the latest science, policy, law, and economics of climate change. Learn more about it here. NCS is an ongoing event that occurs bi-weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters at Bard CEP. For the spring schedule, look here.
  • Bard MBA in Sustainabilty Spring Sustainable Business Series: Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we bring together sustainable business experts for our weekly conversation series. Each evening will begin with a conversation amongst our panelists on the topic of the night, followed by questions from the audience. This is a unique opportunity to engage in conversation with some of the most well known experts in the field of sustainability. Prospective students will also have a change to learn more about the Bard MBA program from Director Goodstein and admissions representatives. Learn more about it here.
We enroll the best and brightest environmental students from around the country each year.


Announcing the 3rd annual

Hosted by the Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago); Energy and Sustainability Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Initiative for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

2013 Program Theme: Sustainable Transportation

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series geared towards individuals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy. From August 5-16, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics. Issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Participants will engage these issues through interactive and interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions, collaborative research projects that stress scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, networking opportunities with academics and professionals, and tours of sustainability and energy related sites in the Chicago area. This experience leaves graduates of the Summer Institute with a firm foundation for future careers in sustainability and energy, and inspires them to lead the next generation as thoughtful and informed global citizens.


Admission into the program is highly competitive. 60-80 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants. Those accepted into the program can expect to receive financial support including transportation getting to and from Chicago, lodging during the duration of the program, and most meals.

We invite you to learn more about the Summer Institute.
Visit us on the web at:



The Forest Preserve District of Will County is accepting resumes for multiple Natural Resource Management Crew Seasonal Laborer positions. Under the supervision of the Land Management Program Coordinator and daily guidance of the Resource Management Crew Leader, this position is responsible for implementing land management, restoration and research activities listed within annual preserve management schedules.

The Natural Resource Management Crew Seasonal Laborer is a temporary part-time position, with a pay range from $11/hour to $12/hour commensurate with experience. See attached Job Description outlining duties, skills,
abilities, training, experience and working conditions or visit for more information.

*Resumes will be accepted until April 5, 2013.*

Application Procedure: Send a cover letter describing interest and a
resume to:
Donna Suca, Human Resource Coordinator
Forest Preserve District of Will County
17540 W. Laraway Road
Joliet, Illinois 60433
815-722-5667 (desk)
815-722-3608 (fax)

The Forest Preserve District of Will County does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability. In offering employment opportunities to the public, the Forest Preserve District will make reasonable modifications to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity. To request this document in large print, audio, or Braille, contact the Superintendent of Public Affairs, Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433;; 815.722.9383 (voice); 800.526.0844 (TDD). Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance. While the Forest Preserve District of Will County will make every effort to meet requests in a timely fashion, some requests may take longer than others to fulfill. Persons believing that they have been discriminated against by the Forest Preserve District of Will County may file a complaint alleging discrimination with the Forest Preserve District or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of the Interior,


* TITLE: Natural Resource Management Crew Seasonal Laborer*
DATE: March 2013 *
* Location: Operations and Law Enforcement Facility*

Under the supervision of the Land Management Program Coordinator and daily guidance of the Resource Management Crew Leader, implements land management, restoration and research activities listed within annual preserve management schedules.

Reports to:
- Land Management Program Coordinator
- None

1. Brush and invasive species control, including cutting with use of chainsaws and other hand equipment, herbicide applications, mowing, and hand pulling.
2. Native grass and forb seed collection and processing.
3. Installation of plugs, bare root stock, shrubs or saplings, and seed distribution.
4. Assistance with research and monitoring projects at both a species and community level.
5. Assistance with Prescribed Fire Program including control line preparation, equipment maintenance, and implementation.
6. Assistance with wildlife management projects as needed.
7. Removal of trash and other debris from natural areas.

- College student studying in the fields of Ecology, Environmental Science, Biology or other related fields is preferred.
- Previous restoration or land management experience is preferred.
- Good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and physically capable of lifting and transporting 50 lb. objects over uneven terrain.
- Ability to use or capable of learning use of power tools including chainsaws, weed whips, and walk behind mowers. District will provide training if needed.
- Have or willing to procure an Illinois Pesticide Operator License. District will provide training if needed.
- Knowledge of Midwest flora, natural communities, basic ecological principles and natural areas management principles preferred.
- Have or willing to procure a Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescribed Crew Member Certificate or completion of National Wildfire Coordinating Group S130/S190 coursework. District will provide training if needed.
- Must effectively communicate in written and oral formats.
- Basic computer skills in Microsoft word processing, Excel spreadsheet and Access database are preferred.
- Must posses a valid driver's license.

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1 Active job; while performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand; walk on uneven terrain; carry, lift and move heavy objects (<50 pounds) or tools (chain saws, clearing saws, herbicide backpacks); climb hills and stairs; use hands and fingers to manipulate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear in a sometimes noisy environment.

2 While performing the duties of this job the employee occasionally works near moving parts; works in outside extreme heat or cold weather conditions; lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds; is exposed to fumes, airborne particles, smoke and toxic or caustic chemicals.

3 Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

4 The noise level in this job is usually moderate but can be high.

*PAY RANGE AND Benefits*
Hourly Rate: $11.00/hour to $12.00/hour commensurate with training and experience.

Schedule: Temporary Part-time. Monday through Friday up to 30 hours per week average, not to exceed 1000 total hours in any twelve month period. Occasional extension of work day into nighttime possible.

Benefits: No Health or Retirement Benefits.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Local and National Opportunities

Internships in Arizona Game & Fish Department

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

CMAP as several internship opportunities recently posted, including a Water Resources Intern and 3 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Interns. See for more information and application instructions.

Campus Ecology Fellowships

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Since 2000, National Wildlife Federation has awarded over 150 Campus Ecology Fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices; reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members at the fellowship campuses.

NWF’s Campus Ecology Fellows confront global warming on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students working with other members of the faculty, staff, or administration on projects designed to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. In addition to a modest grant, Fellows also receive project support, leadership development, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks.

University Honors Summer Scholar Program

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vermont Law School

New fall 2013 - Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL)
The MERL is a one year, 30 credit program created and delivered by the faculty of the Institute for Energy and the Environment. The program gives students an optimal blend of energy policy and law coursework plus opportunities for practical work in the energy field through collaboration with leading energy experts.
Fellowship - The Institute has also announced a two year Global Energy Fellowship, open to all Master’s and LLM degree candidates. Please note that the application deadline for those interested in the Fellowship is April 15, with Fellowship applications due by June 1st following admission.

Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP). Established over 20 years ago, the one year, 30 credit MELP degree program offers interdisciplinary training in environmental law and policy, science, economics, and public advocacy. The program prepares students to manage environmental organizations, advocate on behalf of environmental causes, and become policy leaders in many non-profit, private, or federal and state government settings. Applications for admission are due April 15. (The MELP is also available Online.*)


Destination ImagiNation State Tournament
Volunteer opportunity

Saturday April 13th, we'll need about 150 volunteers to help us out for the day, 75 from 7:30am to 12:30pm and 75 from 11:45 to 5pm. If you want to work all day, sign up for the morning shift and send us an email stating that you would like to stay all day.

No STEM experience is needed, so please encourage your friends to help as well!
Everyone who registers to volunteer by the end of March gets a free T-shirt!

We've set up an online form for volunteers to register. You can sign up at:
(there is an underscore between the two words)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Greening Education Event

A three day International Greening Education Event will be held from 6th to 8th of November, 2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring together academia, policy makers, representatives of international development agencies, senior members of academic institutions, administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners, environmental management professionals and other stakeholders from around the world.

The event provides an exclusive forum to: Examine how global issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and other major challenges are affecting education sector; deliberate on how to embed sustainability in curricula, courses and teaching material; debate on the ways to make educational institutions as one of the key leaders in finding long lasting solutions to evolving environmental, social and economic challenges; share best practices for greening education; and get insights on how education is being reshaped to meet the requirements of the 21st century.

Further to knowledge sharing, the upcoming event also provides an excellent networking opportunity with academia, sustainable development practitioners, members of government agencies and development organisations and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond. An optional excursion/ get-together will take place on Saturday the 9th of November 2013.

You are cordially invited to attend this international event and/ or nominate the member(s) of your institution.

For further information, please see the event details.
Or contact via email:

Organizing Committee
International Greening Education Event
ETECH Education for Sustainability
Duerkheimer Str. 24
76187 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0049-721- 476 89 16
Fax.: 0049-721- 476 89 53

Internship & Job Openings

Apply for a Campus Ecology Fellowship

National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for both our Campus Ecology Fellowships (open to current undergrad and graduate students of any age) as well as our NEW NWF Emerging Leader Fellowships (open to young professional post-grads age 21-35).

Since 2000, NWF has awarded Campus Ecology Fellowships to more than 150 undergrad and graduate students working on climate action projects on campuses and in their communities, reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members.

"The NWF Campus Ecology Fellowship gave me one of my first opportunities to take a formal leadership role in political debates about environmental issues that I was studying in school. It was a formative moment in applying my passions for research and activism in service of a lifelong dedication to the health of social and ecological justice."-- Emma Gaalaas Mullaney, 2005 Campus Ecology Fellow

Please visit to learn more and access application materials. Find out more about past fellows and projects.


Greetings Interpretation and Non-Formal Education world! 

There are several openings for naturalist positions for the 2013 summer season in Yosemite National Park. Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts has two different naturalist positions – Interpretive Services Naturalist 1 as well as Interpretive Services Naturalist 2. The Naturalist 2 position includes a higher level of responsibility and represents only 1 opening for the 2013 season. There will be as many as 4 openings for the Naturalist 1 position.


Program Components

gd0n46-class300_4mcc7wt1wy2zho8wEnvironmental Studies: Two week field study at Peru's Manu National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Information about the flora and fauna of Peru will be taught firsthand from peoples who live and work in the forest. Relevant Spanish terminology regarding forestry, sustainability, agriculture and biodiversity will also be covered at the Manu Learning Center.

Spanish Course: Four weeks of intensive Spanish language course taught at Ecela Cusco. This is equivalent to a semester and levels from Novice to Advanced are welcomed. Inquire about earning college credit.

Next Step:
Need More Information? Request Catalog & Info Sheet
Ready to Pre-Register? Online Registration Form
(no payment or commitment at this time)

Please direct any questions to and we will respond promptly. You may also phone us at 1 (347) 329 5506.