Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Blanding’s Turtle Field Technician
Employer: Northern Illinois University
Essential Job functions:
Employer: Northern Illinois University
Job Type: Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location: Lake County, Illinois
Job Description: One or more wildlife technician positions are available to assist the Lake
County Forest Preserve District with its Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Program from May
through July 2017 (approximate dates). Technicians will capture Blanding's Turtles
using baited hoop traps and track movements via radio-telemetry. Technicians will
also assist with the collection of eggs, the care for headstarted juvenile turtles and the
documentation of nesting activities at night. Training and all equipment will be provided
for all internship activities.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be comfortable working long hours often wading in marshes with little shade and may be exposed to biting insects, ticks, and poison ivy.
Additional requirements include:
• B.S. in biology, natural resources, environmental studies or related field OR degree in progress with relevant course work
• Valid driver’s license
• Familiarity or ability to learn regional aquatic species (reptiles, fish, crayfish) and ability to safely handle large and potentially aggressive animals (e.g. snapping turtles)
• Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions across difficult terrain
• Flexible work schedule including the ability to work at night during nesting season (June)
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to communicate effectively with forest preserve agency personnel and the public regarding project details
• Adherence to safety and animal handling protocols
• Physical strength, stamina, and endurance sufficient for full days of strenuous field work
Essential Job functions:
• Trapping, handling, identifying and collecting data on reptiles (primarily turtles).
• Tracking turtles using radio-telemetry equipment
• Traveling among field sampling sites and wildlife facilities
• Checking and maintaining hoop traps
• Maintaining accurate data sheets
• Data entry
Salary: $10/hr, 37.5 hr per week; optional housing in Lake County is available at $210/month; vehicle or mileage reimbursement is provided
How to Apply: Interested parties should submit a cover letter addressing qualifications listed
above, resume/CV, and contact information of 3 references to Callie Klatt at
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Lake County Blanding’s Turtle Technician
Application Deadline: 1 February 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
at 8:24 AM
We would like to invite students and faculty in the Biology, Education, and the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy departments at Northern Illinois University to join us, this March 10-12th for the Student Experiential Environmental Education Conference (SEEEC.) This three day conference is open to students, teachers (formals), environmental educators (and other non-formals), and others interested in environmental ed.
During the conference, we are hosting speakers from the Adler Planetarium, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, US Forest Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and many more formal and non-formal educators from across the region.
A variety of certifications, concurrent sessions, and field trips will be offered. Spend some time on a guided paddle through Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, or learn how to lead interpretive programs from a canoe. Get certified in the new Climate Change module for Project Learning Tree, or learn all about birds with a certification in Flying Wild. Teachers, join us to hear the experiences of other formal educators who have integrated environmental education into their classroom lessons, or learn how to utilize GIS with your students. Eat a meal with a grad student and rub shoulders with environmental education rockstars. Learn from a variety of educators at this multi-generational event.
Several programs and workshops offered during the event center on the upcoming solar eclipse, which graces Southern Illinois on August 21st, 2017.
Conference registration costs $100, with lodging options ranging from $20-$75. (Food costs included. Registration and lodging fees cover two nights, three days. Field trips and certifications may incur an additional fee.) Conference and lodging registration can be found here: http://ton.siu.edu/events/seeec.php
If you are interested or would like promotional materials sent to you, email: email@example.com or call: (618)453-1121 and ask to speak to the Environmental Education department about SEEEC. Keep in Touch!
Touch of Nature location: https://goo.gl/maps/jYHtERREb4R2
BP STEP program
Gain real-world skills in leadership before graduation. This is an opportunity to develop your networking and leadership skills outside the classroom, and to make yourself a more marketable candidate in the future
What to expect
The BP STEP (Shaping Talent, Energy and Potential) program provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world skills in leadership before graduation. You’ll also gain valuable insight into the energy industry.
During the program you’ll:
During the program you’ll:
- Network with BP executives, employees and current interns.
- Engage in leadership workshops.
- Hear from inspiring speakers.
- Meet like-minded students from across the country.
- Receive a $500 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to one of BP’s key locations.
To qualify for this program you will be a first or second year undergraduate student, majoring in engineering, science or business.
And you’ll need to have the qualifying 3.2 GPA.
We’re looking for students who demonstrate high potential, have strong academic and extracurricular backgrounds and who have a well-articulated interest in BP and our industry.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The McHenry County Department of Planning and Development Department is seeking qualified candidates for a Full Time Water Resources Specialist. Under general supervision from the Water Resources Manager, the Water Resources Specialist facilitates the regional management of the county’s water supply by coordinating efforts to protect ground and surface water quality and quantity.
Water Resources Specialist
Full Time: Monday – Friday 8:00-4:30
Grade 10E (exempt)
Hiring Salary: $49,085 depending on qualifications
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)
- Facilitate implementation of the McHenry County Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP) by the county, municipalities and other governmental agencies, and the private sector.
- Organize and facilitate stakeholder meetings.
- Apply for and manage federal, state, and foundation grants.
- Manage the county’s ground water and stream gage monitoring program.
- Research and assist with developing regulations to protect water quality and quantity.
- Coordinate scientific studies analyzing the quality and quantity of water resources.
- Develop and deliver educational programs for children and adults.
- Prepare press releases and articles for publication.
- Educate the public and policy makers regarding various USGS and ISGS technical studies.
- Coordinate data collection and preparation of the county’s annual MS4 permit.
- Assist with preparation of the county’s annual National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) review.
- Develop a comprehensive water conservation program.
- Participate in water resource management organizations and watershed planning initiatives.
- Monitor and assist with the development of the county’s response to Federal and State legislation related to water resources.
- Assist in other water resources related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in hydrology, geology, soil science, environmental science, earth science, civil or environmental engineering, or a related field; and
- Two to three years of relevant experience; or
- Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.Licenses and Certifications:
- Certified hydrologist, licensed professional geologist, certified professional soil scientist, certified professional soil classifier, licensed professional engineer, or similar professional credentials preferred.
- Driver’s License.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- The science, principles, and practices water resources management.
- County, State, and Federal regulations and laws regarding ground water and storm water management.Skill in:
- Preparing clear written reports and presentation utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
- Communicating clearly and effectively in individual and group settings, including providing public presentations.
- Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment.
- Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; understanding, interpreting and communicating complicated scientific information.
- Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with general supervision.
- Reading reports, studies, plans, and maps.Mental and Physical Abilities:
- Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and develop technical reports and presentations.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks and manage time effectively.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to communicate complex scientific and engineering concepts.While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is required to frequently or occasional sit, stand, walk, handle, reach with hands and arms, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and talk or hear.Working Conditions:
- Office work is performed in an office environment with quiet working conditions.
- Occasional field work may be performed in suburban, rural, and natural environments.Benefits:McHenry County offers an excellent benefits package which includes the following:
- High Deductible Health Plan and Dental Insurance,
- Flexible Spending Account
- Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
- Paid Holidays, Vacation Personal and Sick leave
No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against because of age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or disability.
Apply online at www.co.mchenry.il.us.