Friday, December 18, 2015

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity - Apply now!

Expand your horizons with a paid internship!

Do you have an interest in ecology, natural resource management, environmental education, environmental policy, or social science as it relates to our environment? 
 
Are you interested in exploring a career path you may not have considered yet, instead of looking for a summer job?  If so, then apply to become an intern with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is offering paid internships throughout the Midwest focused on a variety of research areas such as ecology, fisheries science, education, policy, natural resource management, and social sciences.
Now accepting applications! To learn more about the 2016 projects or for information on how to apply, visit our internship website. 
All applications are due via online submission by January 18, 2016. Download and share the Intern Program flyer and the summaries of available projects.

Application requirements Minimum Requirements: A student must have a GPA 3.25 or higher. Attendance at the Intern Program Short Course (May 24-27) and Intern Symposium (Aug 1-2) is required if accepted as an intern. All application materials must be submitted online (no email submissions accepted) by the application deadline (Jan. 18).

Required Application Materials: All application materials must be submitted electronically within the online application form by the January 18 deadline.
1)       Biographical sketch - Submit a brief statement (100 words or less) about yourself, your interests, and where you see yourself career-wise in 5 years. This information will be included in the August symposium proceedings.
2)      College transcript - Unofficial copy will suffice as long as your name is clearly visible on the transcript. A screenshot or a typed Word version of your transcript will not be accepted.
3)      Resume - Include all relevant coursework, previous employment, internships, and volunteer positions. Organization name, location, and dates should be included.
4)      Cover letter (optional, but encouraged) - Feel free to include a cover letter outlining what makes you a good candidate for this internship. Include any additional information, such as your career and academic goals, that would help us assess your fit for our internship program.

Please contact me if you have any questions about applying for one of our 2016 internships.
Cheers,
Natalie
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Natalie Marioni, Intern Program Coordinator (www.ngrrec.org/internship)

Director of Environmental Education & Citizen Science
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Lewis and Clark Community College
One Confluence Way * East Alton, IL 62024
Ph: 618.468.2783 * Fax: 618.468.7211
ngrrecintern@lc.edu *
www.ngrrec.org

West Central Regional Director, Environmental Education Association of Illinois (www.eeai.net)
Illinois Coordinator, Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) (http://projectwet.org/)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2016 Summer Research in Indonesia

Project Wet Educator Workshop

Attention educators in Southwestern Illinois! I will be hosting a Project Wet Educator Workshop on either February 26th or 27th (depending on registration demand) in East Alton, IL.

Project WET is a multidisciplinary nationwide program, and the only way to receive the curriculum featuring 64 water related activities is by taking a workshop! Learn how to incorporate water resources into your lessons on culture, natural resources, life sciences, and more! Project WET covers grades K-12 and is an amazing resource for formal and non-formal educators alike!

See the attached flyer for more information, including the registration link. Professional development hours are available, and pre-service teachers are welcome to join us as well!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank you, and I hope to see some of you in February!
Allison Rhanor
______________________________________________
Allison Rhanor
Environmental Educator
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Lewis and Clark Community College
One Confluence Way * East Alton, IL 62024
Ph: 618-468-2785 * Fax: 618-468-7786


Environmental Professional - Student Career Seminar

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Jobs

Region 6 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened the following bio-tech positions. most of these will start in the Spring/Summer of 2016. Please share with those who may be interested.


Monday, November 30, 2015

American Water Works Association Scholarship

American Water Works Association ( www.awwa.org ) - Illinois Section AWWA has scholarships available to students pursuing careers in the water industry - ANY TYPE OF WATER (stormwater, drinking water, engineering, planning, etc.)

www.awwa.org

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water ...

The ISAWWA Safe Water Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees or certifications related to the water industry.  Our goal is to encourage more people to consider career paths in the water industry, which is critical to preserving public health and our most important natural resource – clean, safe drinking water.  In 2015, we distributed $5,000 in scholarships among five very deserving winners.

Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted into a water-related secondary or continuing education program for the 2016-2017 academic year (including summer term 2016) by the application deadline of January 31, 2016.  Applicable secondary education programs include water-related operator training programs, technical school, community college, four-year college, masters, doctoral, and business/management degree programs. 

The application form is available online at http://www.isawwa.org/?ScholarshipApp.  At the top of the page you’ll find a link to a recorded webcast that provides tips for completing your scholarship application.


www.isawwa.org

Click here for tips on completing your scholarship application. (password: illinois395) Scholarship deadline is January 31, 2016 for summer 2016 and the 2016-2017 ...


Applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2016.  Recommendation letters, transcripts, and anything else mailed separately must be post-marked by January 31, 2016.  Good luck!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

2016 Alternative Spring Break Opportunity

Living Lands & Waters still has space left in week 2 & 3 (March 13-17, and March 20-24) of their Alternative Spring Break programs and would love to be able to host a group of students! Their program is completely free to participate in and based out of Memphis, TN. They offer a discounted lodging rate of $119 per student per week at a local, downtown hotel, as well as 6 - $500 scholarships to students in need! 

Their ASB program to date has worked with over 1,000 students, to remove over 1 million pounds of trash from U.S. waterways. Here is a great video of what you can expect on our trip:



Course: The Geography of Food & Agriculture


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN ARCHELON




GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS IN SUSTAINABILITY, PLANNING, AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

The Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University is offering graduate student assistantships to pursue a Masters Degree in Sustainability, Urban Planning and Development, and Geographic Information Sciences. The research assistantship includes tuition, health insurance, and a $16,000 per year stipend. The application deadline for the assistantships is December 31, 2015. For more information see the attached flyer or visit our website at http://www.slu.edu/sustainability/student-resources/student-funding


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Peace Corps Humanitarian Mapping Internship

Peace Corps Humanitarian Mapping Internship
Apply by Thursday, November 19th. Internships are unpaid and do not require security clearance or travel. 

Responsibilities
As a Peace Corps humanitarian mapping intern, you will be responsible for ensuring that our international development teams can access real-time, accurate
geographic data during their project design and evaluation processes. We will provide training for you to digitize satellite imagery for Peace Corps Volunteers and host communities and introduce you to other organizations within the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) community. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills and initiative by planning and hosting a humanitarian mapping party on your campus or in your community.

Benefits
 Flexible schedule that fits around your classes
 Independence to be creative when planning a humanitarian mapping party
 One-on-one mentorship from dedicated staff members in the Peace Corps Office of Innovation in Washington, DC
 Network with leading digital humanitarian and geography professionals from top-notch international organizations

Qualifications
 Self-motivated and self-starter
 Effective community organizer
 Can quickly come up with creative solutions
 Work under minimal supervision
 Excellent oral and written communication skills
 Access to a computer with video chat capabilities for group chats (webcam and microphone)
 No prior experience with OpenStreetMap or geography needed -- if you can use a computer, you can
learn to map!


To apply, please submit your resume and your preferred internship to Courtney Clark at cclark2@peacecorps.gov. Internships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel -- though if your application is accepted and you are in DC, we’d love to have coffee! 

Summer Job with Appalachia Service Project

Summer Job Opportunity for Students

The job runs from May 23, 2016 to August 6th, 2016. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through http://asphome.org/summerstaff 


Each staff member will be placed on a team with 3 other young adults and they will live and work in a rural community in Central Appalachia. We serve a 5 state region - West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Our goal is to make families' homes warmer, safer, and drier. The staff manages the selection of homes (through applications we gather throughout the year), chooses the construction projects, and are then in charge of managing the volunteers that come in to do the work. Our staff do not participate in the construction work, but rather manage each site, purchase and distribute all materials, and oversee quality control. We do major repair projects from foundations to roofs, and everything in between. We hire students of all majors regardless of construction experience, and we provide an intense training on construction management (as well as all other aspects of the job) during the first 2 weeks of employment.

In addition to construction management, the job consists of volunteer management. One of our goals at ASP is to inspire our high school and adult volunteers to lives of service, so students who are motivated by serving others are great candidates. The maintenance and day-to-day running of the center also falls on the staff. It's a very demanding schedule, but our staffers always find it to be exciting and worthwhile.


The job pays $4,000 to new staff, paid bi-weekly. We also provide food, housing, and a vehicle for work. The application process consists of submitting a resume and two references, an online interview with Zoom (similar to Skype), and then an in-person, group workshop where we observe applicants for their skills in teamwork, initiative, problem solving, etc.

NIU LEAD Summit

Registration for the NIU LEAD Summit is officially underway!

The NIU LEAD Summit is a leadership conference for all NIU students. Participants will have an opportunity to attend various workshops related to developing leadership skills, hear from national keynote speakers, network with other student leaders and staff members, and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. The Summit also features an optional Greek track specifically designed for student members of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Session topics include Interviewing 101, Bystander Intervention, Transitioning from College to the Workplace, Ethics & Values-Based Leadership, and much more!

The NIU LEAD Summit will be held Saturday, November 14 from 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Barsema Hall. Check in will begin at 9:00 a.m.

If you are interested in attending, you can register now at niutickets.com. Please click on the SILD tab to begin your registration. During registration, you will be asked for a $9.99 deposit. This deposit will be refunded to you if you stay throughout the entirety of the Summit! Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 9.


The LEAD Summit is the culminating event of Student Involvement & Leadership Development’s Leadership Week. Leadership Week will take place from Monday, November 9 through Saturday, November 14. A multitude of leadership events, including workshops, community service opportunities, diversity events, and more, are being offered during the week! To find out more, visit http://www.niu.edu/studentinvolvement/leadership/Leadership%20Week.shtml.The student(s) who participate the most throughout Leadership Week will be formally acknowledged during the LEAD Summit!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lake County Forest Preserves - GIS Analyst

GIS Analyst

General Office | Libertyville, IL | Planning and Land Preservation 
Weekly Hours: 40
Open Until: November 20, 2015 at 05:00 PM CST
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $21.06 - $26.35
  Apply Now

Job Summary

The GIS Analyst identifies, evaluates and implements the Geographic Information System (GIS) and relational database (RDB) business needs of the Lake County Forest Preserve District.  This position develops and manages a GIS system based on user and organizational needs.  This position reports to the Land Preservation Manager.

Essential Functions & Experience

Essential Functions -
Develops and maintains a District-wide Geographic Information System, including the land management GIS and ecological databases.  Collaborates with staff to identify departmental GIS needs.  Identifies opportunities to establish and implement common data management standards and business processes, as well as data use, collection and sharing of policies and procedures.  Develops programming for automated data imports to the ecological RBD and creates templates, forms, tables, queries and reports from it. Establishes a unified process for creating, editing and storing geospatial and demographic data to effectively inventory, maintain and promote District resources.  Develops and generates digital mapping data, GIS queries, spatial overlays and other GIS analysis using ESRI GIS software and GPS hardware including post-processing data and integration with relational database information.  Establishes structure and data consistency in regards to data imports from CAD and non-ESRI GIS systems. Establishes policies in regards to GIS data usage and the flow of GIS data within the organization, and assesses the sharing of data across departments.  Analyzes the District’s use of GIS data to ensure organizational efficiencies.  Produces departmental reports and provides data analytics and interpretation.  Coordinates and oversees the staff GIS User’s Group to collaborate and share ideas on the use and management of the centralized Geographic Information System.  Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds.  Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations.  Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, and bending.
Qualifications -
Bachelor Degree in Geographic Information Systems, Geographic Information Science, Management Information Systems, Geography, or Computer Science with GIS Certificate or Specialization.  Three years’ experience with relational database and geodatabase development, management and design.  Knowledge in the operation of database, statistical, mapping and spreadsheet software packages, including ESRI’s ArcPad, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online and related tools (File and SDE Geodatabases, COGO tools, SQL Server, Maplex, VB Script & Python).  Knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word.  Familiarity with Microstation, TOPCON GPS unit, and TOPCON Tesla data collector unit and software.  Possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license.

Research Assistant, Center for Environmental Education Research



Wednesday, November 4, 2015

UPM Raflatac Job Posting - Dixon, IL

The job expires on Jan. 1st, 2016.  Also, to apply, applicants need to send their resume directly to lori.wolber@upmraflatac.com

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Engineering Openings/Nalco

NALCO, an Ecolab company, has headquarters in Naperville. It’s a supplier of water, energy & air improvement solutions & services for industrial/institutional markets  http://www.nalco.com/


Please see the attached job descriptions for positions in Indiana and forward any great candidates to Christine Gumm at christine.gimm@nalco.com

Monday, October 26, 2015

2016 CSWEA Student Design Competition

Central States Water Environment Association - Student Design Competition

In addition to the prizes awarded to the winners, these competitions are a great way for students to engage in water/wastewater/environmental fields and provide a networking opportunity with other students and professionals.  

Students do not have to be members of CSWEA/WEF to compete at this level of the competition nor is it required that the university have a WEF Student Chapter.  Further details can be found online at http://www.cswea.org/SYP/Competition/.  

If any interested students have any questions please feel free to contact Michael Holland at (815) 758-3513 or MHolland@dekalbsd.com.

Michael G. Holland, P.E.
Assistant Manager/District Engineer
DeKalb Sanitary District
303 Hollister Avenue
P.O. Box 624
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Office: (815) 758-3513
Fax: (815) 758-6615





Thursday, October 1, 2015

2016 MorganMyers Summer Internship


Do you want to learn more about marketing communications or managing issues impacting agriculture? Do you have food industry or farming experience? Are you looking for an internship that lets you interact with clients? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a great fit for the MorganMyers summer 2016 internship program.

Our interns meet with clients, assist with creative planning, participate in project and event execution, and much more. MorganMyers has been protecting and promoting brands in production ag and the food chain for more than three decades with offices in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Waterloo, Iowa. 
If you want to get an edge on the competition in today's tough job market, we encourage you to apply for our internship. We offer competitive wages, a monthly housing/living stipend, assistance in finding housing (if needed), and your own office – with four walls, windows and a door!

We are seeking a full-time student who is:
  • Pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, advertising, journalism or a related field
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about agriculture and food
  • An excellent writer and skilled communicator
  • Detail-oriented
  • A creative thinker
  • Able to see opportunity within each challenge
If you are or if you know a student who meets these criteria, please visit http://morganmyers.com/careers/. Application packets must be postmarked by Monday, November 13, 2015, for consideration.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at careers@morganmyers.com. We want to keep our list of intern contacts current, so if there is someone else at your institution who should be receiving this information, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Angela Himebauch
HR Manager
MorganMyers





Monday, September 21, 2015

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida

Now Eight Months! Beginning Jan-Feb 2016. Applications due October 6th. Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.

Internships available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program. Interns will work in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many rare species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 27-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects.  Additional information can be found at the Archbold website: http://www.archbold-station.org/ or the plant ecology program website: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/plant/plant.html

Interns live on site and receive a room, breakfasts and lunches, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships now run for 8 months (can sometimes be extended) and offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Our internships are ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab running ArcINFO. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere.

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by October 6, 2015.

EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Eric Menges at emenges@archbold-station.org


Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Wild Careers" October 15, 2015

NWF EcoLeaders Webinar: Wild Careers!
Webinar

NWF EcoLeaders Banner


Start of the fall semester by exploring opportunities and gain insights in pursuing careers in Habitat and Wildlife Preservation!
National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders Initiative invites you to join us on October 15, 2015 at 3-4:15 pm EST for “Wild Careers,” the first Webinar of our 2015-16 leadership and career skills webinar series from the NWF EcoLeaders Career Center.
This is an NWF ECOLEADER Career Center professional development offering. Learn more and sign up for EcoLeaders here: http://www.nwfecoleaders.org/

Agenda:3:00pm: Welcome and Short Introduction to EcoLeaders 
3:05pm: Introduction of Speakers
3:10pm: Speakers' Career Pathways 
3:15pm: Wild Projects 
3:20pm: Wildlife Career Prep Advice 
3:45pm: The Campus Wild: Guide Overview 
4:00pm: Questions 
4:15pm: Close
Date: 
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fair Housing & Environmental Justice


Paula Brkich, Lending and Community Development Program Director
Ms. Brkich joined HOPE in June of 2013. Her work as Lending and Community Development Program Director will focus on developing innovative ways to assist communities to restore neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, especially those most damaged by improperly maintained vacant properties, with an emphasis on turning distressed neighborhoods into communities of choice for all. She has been involved in the housing industry throughout her career, most recently as a Housing Counselor at DuPage Homeownership Center, where she counseled hundreds of first-time homebuyers, and homeowners struggling to keep their homes as a result of the economic recession. As a result of her work, DHOC achieved recognition from Illinois Housing Development Authority as Housing Counseling Agency of the year, and was ranked 2nd in the state among agencies providing Hardest Hit counseling to Illinois homeowners struggling with unemployment. Prior to working at DHOC, Ms. Brkich managed the Homeownership Housing Counseling Center and the Housing Resource Center as Housing Specialist for Bethel New Life, a community development organization on the west side of Chicago, where she counseled homebuyers, renters, and assisted in real estate development projects as well as co-wrote the financial literacy program. Ms. Brkich began her career at Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council as Housing Specialist and later Program Director of the Center for Integrated Living. Through her work counseling buyers who wished to move into suburbs where their race was underrepresented, the County school district was able to realize savings of $3 million in the costs of busing students for desegregation purposes. She is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in Geography and Geology. She is a past President of the Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society, and she is proud to serve currently on the Board of Directors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity.

DeKalb Pipeline Expansion Open Forum


Hydropower Development in Southwest China and Southeast Asi

Dr. Alan Potkins will be giving a Friday lecture on October 2, 2015 in Campus Life 100 on Hydropower Development in Southwest China and Southeast Asia and its effects on the region.

Practice Interview Week

Career Services is hosting a Practice Interview Week next week (9/21 to 9/24). This event will allow students to interview with representatives from companies that actively recruit on NIU’s campus and receive on the spot feedback from those employers on how they performed in the interview process. The interview questions will be broadly based, so they will work across all majors, and will provide students great experience to practice marketing themselves (in a lower pressure environment).

Interviews are half-hour sessions, counting the feedback from employers.

Please consider strongly encouraging your students to participate. Confirmed companies for interviews include: Verizon, Cintas, DeKalb County School District, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Interpro Translation Services, IDEAL Industries, and Starcom.

Below are the details on how to register for the event, which is required.

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Registration Process and Details for Practice Interview Week:

1.      Go to https://niu-csm.symplicity.com/ (Huskies Get Hired)

2.       What type of user are you?  Select Student/Alumni.  Login using ZID and MyNIU password.  If you have trouble logging in, you may need to reset your MyNIU password.  Important note, this would be your overall MyNIU password done through your MyNIU account, not through Huskies Get Hired. Do the MyNIU password reset and then try to login to Huskies Get Hired again using your new MyNIU password. 

3.      Once logged in, from Events on red toolbar at the top of the page, select Workshops

4.      Select a ½ hour slot from the drop down menu from the options indicated for each date.

Please only select one time slot.  If you need to change your selection, be sure to select “Cancel RSVP” for your previous choice. 

*IMPORTANT!  There are interview times specific to Education Majors participating as a part of a class requirement. Through 9/14, Non-Education Majors selecting these time slots will be canceled out of their reservation time and notified to choose a different day/time. After 9/14, these time slots will be open to all students.*

5.      Log out of Huskies Get Hired by clicking Log Out button in top right corner. 

6.      For your practice interview, please be sure to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for your interview time. Please dress professionally and bring two clean copies of your resume. Interviews will be 30 minutes long and will take place in Campus Life Building 260.

7.      Please note that while everything will be done to try to pair students with an employer more closely matched with their professional interests, we will not have employers from all professions represented at all time slots. Each employer will be working through general interview questions that will apply across all industries, and providing formal, on the spot feedback to students, which will be vital for growing your skills and comfort level for being interviewed.


8.       Questions? Email us at careerservices@niu.edu or stop by our Career Resource Center, Campus Life Building (CLB), Room 235, 10AM-3PM, for assistance with your Resume, Interview Sign-up, Interview Preparation, Job Search Assistance, and/or Huskies-Get-Hired account.

NASA Internship and Job Opportunities for Students

NASA Johnson Space Center PATHWAYS Intern Job announcement: Please take this opportunity to reach back to your contacts at your Universities and student groups and encourage all to apply.
 NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) will be opening several job announcements for our Pathways Intern Employment Program (a Cooperative Education Program). The JSC Pathways Intern Employment Program allows engineering and business students to gain valuable work experience on an alternating school/work basis, and serves as the pipeline for our future full-time employees.

The job announcements will be open September 14-18, 2015 seeking the following majors:
·         Accounting (Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance)
·         Business (Management, Economics, Human Resources, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, and other related fields)
·         Aerospace Engineering
·         Chemical Engineering
·         Computer, Electrical, and Software Engineering
·         Mechanical Engineering


To apply please visit www.usajobs.gov. Attached is a reference guide to help you through the application process.  For more information including program requirements, visit our website at: http://pathways.jsc.nasa.gov.




Globalization and a Small Community Presentation

You are invited to Globalization and a Small Community hosted by The Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE)! The event will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 in Barsema Hall, Room 200 (Barsema Auditorium). 

Our speaker is Nicole Swedlow who the founder and director of Entreamigos, a community education center located just outside of the bustling tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.In 2014 she was recipient of the Dalai Lama Unsung Hero of Compassion award. 

Nicole will share her heartfelt story about accidentally finding herself living in a foreign country, the moment that made all the difference, and her ten-year journey to discover creative solutions to poverty, environmental degradation and cultural differences. Nicole will share the three most important things that she has learned about building community and her experience of why it matters.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Artists for CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

Artists for CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

You are invited to come to 350Kishwaukee’s planning meeting on September 18 for artists interested in using their art for climate action. This is an invitation for artists involved in the visual arts, music, theater, and the spoken arts to use their craft towards social activism. 350Kishwaukee members have three focal points. One focus is the Enbridge tar sands pipelines that are crossing the Midwest and come through DeKalb County within walking distance of NIU. The second is bringing attention to the United National’s Climate Change Conference (COP21) that will take place in Paris from November 30 through December 11, 2015. The third focal point is the moral necessity of divestment from fossil fuels.

According to the international climate group, 350.org, artists are integral to building the necessary social movement needed to take on climate change.  At this meeting we will discuss the possible education and publicity actions we can take and the ways we want to group ourselves.  Bring ideas, samples of your art (optional), and materials for developing working coalitions.  Feel free to sketch, strum, drum, or gesture while we talk.

Our meeting will be held Friday, September 18, 2015 from 7:00 pm to
9:00 pm at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb, IL. This meeting is free and everyone is welcome to attend (even men).  For more information or for a ride you can contact me at
merylkgd@gmail.com or (815) 758-4827.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sustainability Specialist at Loyola University

Job TitleSPECIALIST  
Position #:8101754  
Job Type:Full-Time  
Job CategoryUniversity Staff  
FLSA Status:Exempt  
Department / School / CollegeInstitute Enviro & Sustainability (IES) - 03250A  
Is this partially or fully grant funded?No  
Duties and Responsibilities- Develops relationships with LUC and community stakeholders to advance the University Sustainability Plan toward Carbon Neutrality in the areas of:
- Transportation: promotes reduction of single occupancy vehicle usage; promote campus bike program.
- Waste Reduction: promotes recycling, composting and source reduction programs and activities.
- Food services with Aramark, Facilities, and the community: promotes sustainability such as waste reduction; composting; etc.
--- Purchasing: promotes sustainable purchasing practices across the university.
- Collaborates with University Department such as First-Year Experience and Residence Life in the development of the Green Learning Community seminars, and co-curricular activities.
- Develops and manages outreach programs and co-curricular activities that support the University's sustainability plan including: the Loyola Farmers' Market; Think Green and Give; Recyclemania; waste reduction; and documentary film series.
- Mobilizes and coordinates student and community volunteers who participate in environmental sustainability programs/activities and special events.
- Gives public talks, engages with diverse university audiences to share information and heighten awareness.
- Creates and distributes communication materials about sustainability.
- Assists undergraduate students and student groups in pursuing environmental academic and leadership experiences and projects serving as mentor and advisor.
- Builds new relationships and fosters existing relationships with local and regional partners.
- Performs related duties as required.  
Minimum Education or ExperienceBachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred. Three to five years of related work experience required.  
Certificates, credentials or licenses required to perform the duties of this position:None required, but certificates in renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management, agriculture, landscaping or other sustainability skills are preferred.  
Computer Skills:- Advanced MS Word processing, MS Excel or Spreadsheets, MS PowerPoint and MS Access or Database Software.
- Adept user of Internet, e-mail and other office automation systems.
- Experience with graphics design / communications tools such as Adobe Illustrator, MS Publisher or other tools will be considered.  
Qualifications:- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong inter-personal skills to work with a diverse community faculty and staff employees, graduate and undergraduate students, and external community institutions.
- Must be self-directed, motivated, team-oriented, and able to work independently or collaborate with others on projects and programs.
- Must maintain professional approach, exercise objective judgement, maintain confidentiality, and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Ability to mentor interns and other students.  
 
Does this job involve significant physical strain or activity? 
What unusual working conditions are associated with this job? 
CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore  
POSITION INFORMATION 
Job Open Date09-03-2015  
Job Close DateOpen Until Filled
Candidates Eligible to Apply?All Candidates  
Application Types AcceptedUniversity Staff Application  
Required Applicant DocumentsCV/Resume  
Optional Applicant DocumentsCover Letter
Other Document  
Special Instructions to ApplicantsPlease provide your CV/Resume and a cover letter describing what specific experiences make you an appropriate candidate for this position.  
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