Friday, March 31, 2017

Rockford Park District- Restoration Technician

Restoration Technician
Title:Restoration Technician
Department Description:Maintenance Parks
Closing Date of Position:N/A
Rockford Park District Job Description

Job Title: Natural Areas Maintenance – Restoration Technician
Location: Talcott Page Maintenance Facility and various locations in the Rockford Park District
Pay Grade: I ($8.25-$10.50)
Length of Season: May-August

Summary of Duties:
Include, but are not limited to the following
-Prairie, wetland, and woodland restoration
-Brush and invasive species control, including cutting, herbicide applications, mowing, and hand pulling.
-Native grass and forb seed collection and processing.
-Installation of plugs, bare root stock, shrubs or saplings, and seed distribution.
-Assistance with research and monitoring projects at both a species and community level.
-Assistance with wildlife management projects as needed.
-Removal of trash and other debris from natural areas.
-Assist with volunteer and community projects
-Operate hand tools and power equipment
-Drive park district equipment (trucks, towing trailers, tractors, etc.)
-Perform general duties relating to the upkeep of the buildings and grounds

-Must be a minimum of 18 years old
-Days and hours vary, general hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. M-F.  Evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required
-Ability to provide customers with expert care, sensitive consideration and efficient service.
-Good communication skills including expressive, written, and receptive.
-Ability to follow direction from Supervisor of Horticulture & Natural Areas and/or Horticulture Coordinators, demonstrating flexibility as a team player.
-Ability to problem solve in a variety of situations
-Valid Driver’s license
-CPR and First Aid Certification (can be obtained through the Rockford Park District
-Valid Pesticide Operator License (or the ability to obtain after employment)

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

-Very Heavy work:
Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally
Exerting in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently
Exerting in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects
-Climbing, Balancing, Stooping, Kneeling, Crouching, Crawling, Reaching, Standing, Walking, Pushing, Lifting, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Repetitive motions Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
-Far, near, and mid-range vision
-Outside work in various weather conditions
-Hiking through uneven terrain.

Significant environmental factors are applicable to this position.
The Rockford Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Climate Change and Environmental Crises in a Changing World

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Energy Efficiency Workshop

Northern Illinois Energy Efficiency Workshop
Friday April 21, 2017
8:00 AM -12:00 Noon
IBEW Local 364 Hall
6820 Mill Road
Rockford IL  61108

Though Saving Money is always a priority, new opportunities are presenting themselves thru
recently passed legislation.

Please attend to find out where you can get information and help to take advantage of  current and future programs.

This Event is focused on Commercial, Industrial, Building Operators, Owners, and Managers.
Also this event should be of interest to Architects, Construction Managers, Cost Reduction Team Managers
Engineering Students, and those interested in Energy Efficiency Methods and Technologies.

Free Registration Link:

Website Link:

Energy Is Money

Our Event Goal is to help with who to call, what to ask for, and what the process is to follow thru,
rather than just a Technical session. We will follow up this midsummer with another more technical conference 
after an assessment of what the level of need and interest is in this region.

Discussion about Economic Development and Accelerating Competitiveness.
Getting our Fair share for the Region.  You paid for it, let’s use it!
Call for Ideas Fast Tracking: “Action -Ready Opportunities” Industrial, Commercial, and Public Sectors.

**Alpha Controls & Services ** Ballard Engineering**
**Freedom Field **Commonwealth Edison** IBEW Local 364**
** Northern Illinois Building & Construction Unions Trades***USGB-Rockford**  

Contact:  Chet Kolodziej
Event Organizer

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Study Abroad In Grand Cayman!

Study Abroad In Grand Cayman!

Cayman Coral Nursery Study Abroad Program

Summer is rapidly approaching and we are thrilled with the response to our Coral Nursery Study Abroad program.  Students from across the United States are organizing to take part in this opportunity for fun, education and once in a lifetime experiences! 

Sign up now to join our program!

Coral reefs around the world are suffering massive destruction daily.  Take action to stop the destruction and learn what can be done on a local and global scale to reduce or even reverse the damage.  

College credit available through ACE. Please speak with your Department Head about how these may be applied to you.

Coral Conservation program

Learn to SCUBA dive
All our programs include SCUBA training.  Training up to Divemaster level possible.   This is a critical part of our conservation efforts.  Certification through PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors).  Our program offers safe, thoughtful progress in a wide range of underwater skills.
Develop a greater understanding of the marine enviroment.
Classes include Coral Conservation programs, Coral Nursery practices, Reef monitoring, Invasive species management, Marine data collection methods and Genetic mapping programs.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Environmental Services Internship in St. Charles

                                                                                Date posted:  March 16, 2017

Employment Opportunity
Environmental Services Internship

St. Charles is seeking self-motivated individuals with a positive work ethic to fill the position of Environmental Intern, which is geared toward undergraduate and/or graduate level college students seeking to supplement their academic training, and expand their professional knowledge and skills in the environmental field.  St. Charles is a progressive community of 33,000 located in the scenic Fox Valley about 30 miles west of Chicago.  Our award-winning downtown, historic neighborhoods, new growth, and diversity of land uses offer a variety of interesting engineering challenges.

Job Description
The Environmental Intern will provide support to the Public Works Environmental Services Division in a wide variety of civil and municipal environmental related functions including planning, designing, administration, and inspection of environmental and maintenance projects.  Work may involve assisting the staff with review and interpretation of construction plans and specification, cost estimates, utility investigation, contractor coordination, measuring quantities, sewer and water investigations, preparing reports, research, field data collection and other related tasks.  Assist with projects that involve working on water mains, sanitary sewers, refuse, water and wastewater improvement projects.  Conduct general office work, such as scanning and filing.

Applicants must be a full-time college student earning a degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a similar field and enrolled in school full-time for the fall of 2017.  Upon selection, verification through the student’s academic advisor will be required.  Applicants must possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

The successful candidate shall have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, strong customer service skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.  Working knowledge of basic environmental practices, including chemistry and higher mathematics used in the environmental field is preferred. The ability to draft communications and to prepare and interpret engineering plans, specifications, EPA rules and standards, along with GIS methods is preferred.  Knowledge of general office skills and the ability to organize information is also important.  Position requires working both indoors and outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions, and extensive walking.

Additional information
Candidate must be willing to commit to working from mid-May to mid-August 2017, with the option for some additional winter (break time) work as approved by the City.  This position will work 40 hours per week, Monday thru Friday.  Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

This position pays $12.00 per hour with a $1.00 an hour increase after each year of service.

Apply on line at no later than April 5, 2017. 

Please thoroughly complete the employment application including salary history.  Resumes should be attached in the on-line application.  Any additional documents may be sent to If you are unable to apply online, or for other assistance, please contact 630-377-4446.  

The Northwest Mosquito Abatement District

The Northwest Mosquito Abatement District

Position: Field Technician

Starting Pay: $11.00 per hour

Job Description

Field Technicians protect the public’s health by inspecting standing water for mosquito larvae and treating the water as required.  During heavy mosquito outbreaks employees may be required to work additional hours (9 hour days, Saturdays, or evenings) to control mosquito larvae and the biting adults. No experience is required. Positions are available in Wheeling and Hoffman Estates.

Criteria for Employment

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A motor vehicle record that meets the District’s standard as noted on job application
  • Reliable transportation to be at District facilities when required
  • Able to work out of any three of the District facilities: Wheeling, Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates
  • Pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture General Standards Exam with a score of 70% or above. Study materials will be supplied.
  • Able to work full time hours (7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Monday through Friday for at least 7 weeks from May 1th to Sept 30th 2017 AND adjust to overtime hours to serve District needs
  • Able to work a minimum of 3 evenings during the work week to serve District needs
  • Able to work Saturday shifts to serve District needs
  • Able to work extended work days to serve District Needs
  • Meet additional District requirements outlined on the job application and explained in detail during the interview process

Hiring Process

Interested applicants must first complete an application available online at Or you can request a PDF application you can fill out on a computer and email back. The application is located under Seasonal Job Opportunities.  After review of the application and motor vehicle record, qualified applicants will be contacted to complete an in-person interview at the District’s Wheeling location.
Contact John Blankenberg, Chief of Field Operations, at (847) 537-2306 for additional information
Applications can be mailed to Northwest Mosquito Abatement District, 147 West Hintz Road, Wheeling, IL 60090 or faxed to (847) 537-2583.  Applications may also be dropped off in person from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies

Monday, March 13, 2017

Summer Field Assistants: Nachusa Grassland Birds

Tour Guide/ Museum Operations Internship- Ellwood House Museum

Selenia Rolfe Towle Teague Internship- Ellwood House Museum

Sustainability Coordinator at Creighton University

Centered in the heart of downtown Omaha, NE, Creighton's campus spans over 130 acres and employs over 2250 part-time and full-time benefit eligible employees making it one of the largest employers in the Omaha community. Creighton is a Catholic and Jesuit comprehensive university committed to excellence in selected undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

The Sustainability Coordinator will provide leadership in organizing events involving students, faculty, and staff to promote university-wide sustainability practices and an environmentally-mindful culture, to inform the community of our progress, to identify future challenges, and to motivate others to be actively involved in sustainability efforts. Additionally, he or she will represent Creighton's voice in the community on sustainability issues, both managing opportunities and initiating relationships. The Sustainability Coordinator will manage internal efforts toward more sustainable practices with different organizations, which provide food services, reduce waste, lead composting efforts, and engage in campus planning. The Sustainability Coordinator will also manage and guide implementation of Creighton's climate action plan.


Bachelor's Degree; Master's preferred
Education and experience should combine a strong set of interrelated expertise in areas possibly including, but not limited to, sustainability, environmental science, and/or engineering. Project and/or team management experience (minimum two years) required. Demonstration of successful project funding and grant-writing are preferred.
2-4 years' related experience
Strong interpersonal/human relations skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
Organizational skills
Ability to operate personal computer with various software programs
Ability to maintain confidentiality

Please apply online at:

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mary Duda
Chemical Coordinator, EH&S
Sustainability Program Manager
Creighton University
Omaha NE

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fermilab environmental summer position



  • Summer 2017: Environmental Support
  • Environment, Safety, Health & Quality Section

Job Description

Open Date: March 1, 2017
Close Date:  March 18, 2017

Summer student will perform office and field work related to duties of the Environmental Protection Group.  The position will provide a broad experience related to environmental compliance.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities
Field work will consist of:
    • Routine and special project environmental sample collection
    • Inspection and maintenance of environmental monitoring sites, sample equipment, and a large inventory of supplies
    • Inspecting oil sources
    • Reviewing air emission sources and associated data
    • Evaluation of water systems and update of drain database
    • Assisting in other environmental programs

Office work will consist of:
    • Updating and managing web content (including inputting data into databases)
    • Assist with analyzing field data
    • Assisting in maintenance of Environmental Protection Group files
    • Data input
    • Computer skills required for database entry and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to work safely outdoors
    • Interest in environmental sciences
    • Detailed oriented (e.g. following procedures)
    • Writing and communication skills
    • Respects, understands and values individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.
    • Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.

There is no legal requirem
ent that Fermilab sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence. As a result, Fermilab will make the decision to sponsor an employee on a case-by-case basis. Fermilab will consider the following factors, among others, when determining whether to sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence: performance, length of service, long-term need for the position, and cost.

Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.
Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.
Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Summer 2017 SERI Fire Summer Seminar

Will County Health Department, Environmental Health Division is still in need of interns!

Will County Health Department, Environmental Health Division is still in need of interns for this summer.  They will be running their West Nile Virus and swimming pool/beach programs this year and are seeking out 4 students in need of an internship as a requirement for graduation.
Kathryn Nelson
Program Coordinator, Environmental Health
Will County Health Department
Ph: (815) 727-8490
Fax: (815) 740-8147