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: or the plant ecology program website:

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.


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!

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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:

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
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.

Registration Process and Details for Practice Interview Week:

1.      Go to (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 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 Attached is a reference guide to help you through the application process.  For more information including program requirements, visit our website at:

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



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,, 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 or (815) 758-4827.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sustainability Specialist at Loyola University

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  
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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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Art Exhibit: Embarrassment of Riches

Join us for this exciting art exhibit. The public reception is Thursday, September 10th.

Job Opening @ EPA in Chicago - Application Deadline Thursday 9/10

$43,362.00 to $56,366.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 3, 2015 to Thursday, September 10, 2015

Job Title:Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Env) (RECENT GRADUATES)
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:

-Assist in the collection of necessary information from applicants, state, local or tribal agency and EPA staff where state, local or tribal agency has not been delegated authority to prepare permits.

-Assist senior permit specialist resolve issues related to permit requirements and participate in the defense of permits against legal challenges with the Office of Regional Counsel (ORC).

-Assist senior permit specialist respond to permit inquiries.

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


Sustainability Simplified Seminar

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New job openings at American Conservation Experience - EPIC

American Conservation Experience - EPIC - Escalante, Utah
American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) Office, is seeki...

American Conservation Experience - EPIC - Tucson, Arizona
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Saguaro National Park, is seeking THREE Natural Resource Managemen...

American Conservation Experience - EPIC - Tucson, Arizona
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit conservation corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tucson Field Office, is seeking ONE Ecol...

American Conservation Experience - EPIC - Redding, California

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Redding Field Office in Califo...