Monday, March 18, 2013

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.
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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.