Monday, November 30, 2015

American Water Works Association Scholarship

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

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  At the top of the page you’ll find a link to a recorded webcast that provides tips for completing your scholarship application.

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



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

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. 

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.

 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

 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 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 

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.


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 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 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
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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