Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Community Outreach and Development Internship at Ding Darling

To apply students need a cover letter and resume sent to Sarah Lathrop, Associate director of DDWS, at sarah@dingdarlingsociety.org. Her phone number is 239 472 1100 ext. 233 .

Friday, June 19, 2015

Job Openings @ EPA in Chicago - Application Deadline Thursday 6/25


$43,362.00 to $68,950.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 19, 2015 to Thursday, June 25, 2015
Job Title:Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Env) (RECENT GRADUATES)
MANY vacancies

This position is located in Region 5, Air & Radiation Division, Air Programs Branch, Air Permits Section in Chicago, IL.
At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Evaluate the adequacy of State and local regulations, covering a variety of sources of air emissions based on a wide range of information from diverse sources and with varying degrees of quality and reliability, including the use of air quality models and emission factors.

- Evaluate State and local air pollution regulatory development programs and ensure the Clean Air Act requirements are met. Provide technical advice to resolve problems.

- Draft responses to inquiries from State officials, citizens, and industrial representatives concerning the interpretation and application of policy directives and regulations related to air regulation development.

- Research new air pollution control technology and ambient air quality modeling techniques for criteria pollutants and air toxicants for the industries located in the Region.


Recent Graduates who have completed all course requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or technical education program within the preceding two years. Preference eligible veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may apply up to six years after degree or certification
To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-5 level defined as assessing the impact of emissions on ambient air quality OR 1 full year of graduate level education; OR superior academic achievement degree in the academic discipline

Friday, June 12, 2015

Job Opening @ EPA in Chicago - Application Deadline Tuesday 6/16


$53,041.00 to $68,950.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 12, 2015 to Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Job Title:Physical Scientist (Environmental) (RECENT GRADUATES)

This position is located in Region 5, Great Lakes National Program Office, Policy, Coordination & Communciations Branch in Chicago, IL.
At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Utilize scientific and technical knowledge to provide analytical, technical, budget, and planning support and advice to GLNPO’s management team and other staff.

- Conduct analytical, technical, and financial planning by reviewing background information, agency reports on similar situations, and pertinent guidelines. The incumbent then determines appropriate methods and procedures to be used and provides input and advice to the management team or colleagues, as directed.

- Perform research and analysis which may include a variety of calculations.

- Write reports identifying procedures, results, validity, and conclusions.


Recent Graduates who have completed all course requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or technical education program within the preceding two years. Preference eligible veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may apply up to six years after degree or certification

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-7 level defined as performing duties related to providing technical and policy support and guidance in environmental protection of a watershed and analyzing data and preparing reports regarding environmental protection programs OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Job Opening @ EPA in Chicago - Application Deadline Friday 6/12


$53,041.00 to $83,427.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 8, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015
Job Title:Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Environmental)
This position is located in Region 5, Land & Chemicals Division, Chemicals Management Branch, Pesticides & Toxics Compliance Section in Chicago, IL.
At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Provide written reviews and summaries of Agency policies and procedures to the Section Chief relative to the Regional Pesticides and Toxics Enforcement Strategy. This will include the research of appropriate professional and scientific literature including Federal and State regulations and environmental policies required to best meet the objectives of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and/or the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act - Section 313 (EPCRA 313) regulatory enforcement programs.

- Work on major comprehensive environmental contamination investigation projects that are discovered in Region 5 States. Provide to the incident team or multi-media investigation team, environmental assessments of the situation, and determinations/ options for corrective actions, ensuring that proper scientific and technical analyses are made when required, and proposes options for proper regulatory/technical steps to meet EPA regulatory requirements.

- Provide technical compliance assistance to Federal, State, Tribal, and facility representatives on matters concerning TSCA, FIFRA, and EPCRA Section 313 activities.

- Recommend appropriate corrective actions when applicable to comply with Agency policy. Provides guidance, support, and oversight of compliance monitoring and enforcement activities undertaken by state, local and/or tribal government.

- Conduct presentations to various groups on the new and cutting-edge subjects relating to pesticides and toxic chemical materials, their effects on the environment and public health, and EPA policies and regulations to protect the environment and public health.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2nd Annual Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Education Forum

Environmental Technician Job

Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc. has offices in Freeport, IL and Madison, WI (lbgweb.com), and an environmental consulting firm with offices nationwide. They are interested in hiring a full-time environmental technician to be based in either Freeport or Madison.  Traditionally, they have hired/trained geologist or environmental engineers out of school, but they’ve never hired a technician.  A good portion of the work requires out of town travel to conduct environmental site assessments (Phase I/II ESA), landfill construction quality assurance observation, routine soil/groundwater monitoring at various hazardous/petroleum sites, and a variety of other environmental construction/petroleum spill projects.  Most of the projects are for national clients.

They've trained many geologists/engineers on these types of projects, on which they gain a great deal of experience with field sampling/documentation procedures, data analysis/interpretation, technical report writing, drafting, etc.  But after obtaining some experience in these areas, they tend to want to move on to more involved engineering/hydrogeology projects, obtain their P.E. or P.G. and the field work/technician type role becomes less attractive.  Yet their need for developing experienced environmental technicians that will seek to master those skills is critical to their business, and the need for those skills is growing….both locally and at other LBG offices around the country.

Brian C. Kimpel, PG
Associate Vice President
Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc.
773 W. Lincoln Blvd, Suite 102
Freeport, IL 61032

815.297.8889 (fax)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Travel overseas for free during summer 2016 and co-lead a group of university students on an ISV Volunteer Project

Travel overseas for free during summer 2016 and co-lead a group of university students on an ISV Volunteer Project

To all interested Faculty and Graduate Students

International Student Volunteers (ISV) is looking for faculty and graduate students to serve as University Leaders for a minimum of two weeks on ISV’s 2016 May to September Volunteer Programs in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and South Africa (expenses covered, see below for details). Spaces are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.

The ISV Program

ISV’s 4-Week Program consists of two weeks of volunteering overseas on a hands-on conservation or community development project followed by an incredible two-week educational exploration of the best cultural and natural highlights of the host country, and as many outdoor adventure activities as we can pack in.

ISV is seeking faculty graduate students to co-lead a group of 8-12 students alongside a trained ISV Project Leader for the volunteer projects.  Our projects focus on experiential education and making a positive impact to underserved communities, degraded habitats and endangered species by working closely with local organizations and community leaders within the host countries. Project activities include:

*Building homes, playgrounds, clinics, community centers, schools
*Teaching basic English, math, health and hygiene, sports and recreation to children
*Educational programs incorporating music, dance theatre, arts and crafts
*Assisting with terrestrial and marine ecology research programs
*Providing care for threatened wildlife (wild and rescued animals)
*Habitat restoration, trail building, erosion control, organic farming
*Design and delivery of environmental education, recycling and sustainable tourism programs
*Special focus projects such as pre-med/health care and pre-veterinary

Please see the ISV webpage (www.isvolunteers.org) for detailed information about the ISV organization, programs, destination countries, and more. To read about a University Leader’s recent experience in Costa Rica click here, and to get a 90 second taste of the ISV programs, go here.

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile project delivered by ISV. I was delighted to be involved with the Youth Development through Sport and Recreation Project in South Africa. It was a truly rewarding experience professionally and personally for the students and I.”  Georgina Power, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia, ISV University Leader in South Africa

“Life-changing, educational, eye opening, more fun than I have had in my entire life.” Lauran Lynne Spinney, Kent State University, ISV Volunteer in South Africa

 “It was unbelievable. I would definitely recommend this program to any type of person.” Paul Fritsch, University of Alberta, ISV Volunteer in Costa Rica

Who we are

International Student Volunteers, Inc is an award-winning non-profit organization based in the USA that sends thousands of students annually from more than 800 universities and colleges worldwide to travel with a purpose and make a significant difference to sustainable development on a global scale. ISV’s Global Accomplishments and Recognitions include:

*More than 30,000 student participants on the ISV program across six continents since 2002.
*ISV student teams have contributed nearly 2.5 million hours of volunteer service for community-driven initiatives in Education, Sustainable Development and Conservation around the world.
*ISV has partnered with over 100 volunteer organizations (government, academic institutions, private and grassroots organizations/NGOs) globally.
*University course and internship credit awarded to thousands of ISV students by more than 300 universities worldwide.
*Awarded one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy in conjunction with the US State Department.
*Inaugural award for “Outstanding Volunteer Project” by the World Youth and Student Travel *Featured on In View with Larry King on the Discovery Channel.
*30+ members of the U.S. Senate/Congress serve on ISV’s Board of Reference.
*Certified by the US President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
*Overall ISV experience rated 4.8/5 from 30,000+ participants.

“ISV was such an incredible, eye-opening and life- changing experience. I will not look at my life in the same way. I would not change the experience for anything. I now cherish my life and the world in another way.”   Emily Raskind, Sonoma State University, ISV Volunteer in Dominican Republic
University Leader Expenses Covered by ISV

*Round-trip international flights and domestic travel within the host country provided.
*Accommodations and three meals per day provided on the Volunteer Project.

For more information or to register your interest in this opportunity please reply to me, Chad Allen, to programs@isvolunteers.org at your earliest convenience. I look forward to hearing from you!


Chad E Allen
International Student Volunteers, Inc.
4848 Lakeview Avenue Suite 100A
Yorba Linda, California 92886
Office: (714) 779-7392 / Fax: (714) 777-4647
Email: programs@isvolunteers.org

Research on Practices in the Transdisciplinary Environmental Sciences

Research on Practices in the Transdisciplinary Environmental Sciences

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) – located in Annapolis, Maryland – seeks proposals from PhD-level researchers to synthesize knowledge of the practices used in transdisciplinary team science and to characterize practices with respect to the challenges of integrating social and environmental sciences in the study of socio-environmental systems using theoretical, computational, and/or empirical approaches from the social sciences and elsewhere. In addition to leading independent synthesis research, this postdoctoral fellow will spend a portion of his/her time collaborating with several research teams also synthesizing practices of team science at SESYNC.

Research questions/topics could come from any of a wide range of disciplines and should advance the effectiveness of team research, as well as the scholarship of this topic. Examples of potentially relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
*Social science: What are effective leadership or facilitation practices for transdisciplinary team science in socio-environmental research?
*Information science: Can an ontology or thesaurus of key terms used for research integration and implementation in transdisciplinary team science be developed and then used to analyze the practices of team science in the socio-environmental domain?
*Environmental sciences: How do team research and implementation practices differ among different types of socio-environmental problems? How and why do they differ with practices in medicine, engineering, and other domains?

Appointments will be through the University of Maryland, and awardees must be based in our facilities in Annapolis, Maryland. This postdoctoral fellowship provides an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators.

Questions? Please email Dr. David Hawthorne at: dhawthorne@sesync.org

Visit http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/postdoc-team-science for complete details. Applications must be received by August 14, 2015.

Leggette, Brashears and Graham, Inc.

Environmental Technician – Madison, Wisconsin Office


The Madison, Wisconsin office of Leggette, Brashears and Graham, Inc., is seeking an Environmental Technician with 0 to 5 years of experience. An Associates or higher degree in an environmental science related field is preferred. 
The position requires routine travel for work at various sites throughout the Midwest and occasionally at sites nationwide.  Field work may include soil/sediment/groundwater sample collection, construction observation/contractor management, maintenance of remediation systems, and inspection/surveying activities for environmental site assessments.  Office duties may include data reduction/evaluation, maintenance/calibration of a variety of field instrumentation, and providing assistance with preparation of technical reports.  Familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and AutoCAD is desirable. The candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills and  demonstrate a high level of initiative.
LBG offers an excellent benefits package including profit sharing, 401k, health insurance, education benefits and more. LBG’s staff of environmental professionals is involved with exciting groundwater and soil remediation projects that are located nationwide.
If interested, reply via e-mail with cover letter and resume to:
Brian C. Kimpel, PG
Associate Vice President