Seasonal intern position opening at Jo Daviess Conservation

The Land Conservation Intern position is a 40 hours per week, paid summer seasonal position responsible for the assisting with the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s land preservation and land stewardship programs.

The intern will work with the Land Manager at Twin Ponds Research Farm, a privately owned permaculture farm specializing in native plant propagation and perennial silvicultural crops. Duties at Twin Ponds Research Farm include propagating native plants for ecological restoration, monitoring bluebird populations, working with hazelnut and chestnut hybridization, native seed harvesting, and other tasks and duties as assigned.

The intern will also work alongside the JDCF Land Stewardship Manager and Director of Land Conservation to complete annual monitoring of JDCF’s conservation areas, ecological restorations, educational and outreach events, grant writing and reporting, land preservation real estate transactions, and other tasks and duties as assigned.

For more information on qualifications required and how to apply, CLICK HERE. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 15, 2019.


Nature Conservancy openings

The Nature Conservancy has two openings in the Chicago area.

The first is Community Stewardship Program Manager (TNC Job ID 47342), which is a shared position working with the Chicago Park District to advance their community stewardship program of natural areas in parks throughout the City. This position was previously held by Forrest Cortes, our recently hired Director of Community Engagement, who will supervise the new hire. Forrest can be reached with any questions at

The manager will be responsible for education, recruitment, training, and coordination of a wide diversity of volunteers for stewardship activities such as assisting with ecological restoration and monitoring of species in natural areas, building the District’s capacity to accomplish such activities.

For details on how to apply, CLICK HERE. Application deadline is Monday, March 11, 2019.

The second is a new position, Urban Biodiversity Program Manager (TNC Job ID 47345). This person will lead efforts of TNC’s Chicago area program to promote and enhance biodiversity in the urban environment, for the benefit of nature and people together. The position will be housed at the Indian Boundary Prairies office in Markham, Illinois.

The manager expands the Conservancy’s legacy as a leader in urban biodiversity conservation, helping to demonstrate the relevance and value of biodiversity in the urban ecosystem for natural infrastructure and human health and well-being. Throughout Chicago and Cook County, the manager will develop the Conservancy’s capacity to support restoration of high value urban natural areas on public land, while expanding connections to our programs for natural infrastructure and connecting people and nature. 

For details on how to apply, CLICK HERE. Application deadling is Monday, March 11, 2019.


Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist opening in Rockford

The Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist is a new position that will work with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Rockford to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Conservation planning and implementation support to farmers and landowners with an emphasis on soil, water and wildlife resources in agricultural landscapes.

Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings.  Attend Farm Bill Biologist training and assist in coordinating technical assistance efforts. This new position will have an intensive focus on the promotion of grasslands across northern Illinois and the use of prescribed fire for landscape management.

Application deadline is January 31, 2019. For details on how to apply, CLICK HERE.




Two openings for Habitat Strike Team



Two positions are open for central or west central Illinois to conduct habitat management work on leased private lands as full-time employees of Pheasants Forever, Inc. Maintenance and repair of equipment is part of the job, which is part of a partnership between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Recreational Access Program, and Pheasants Forever, Inc.

Application deadline is January 25, 2019. For details on these positions, CLICK HERE.


Advancement director opening at The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation is looking for a Director of Advancement to direct and overssee all development and marketing for the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organization headquartered in Naperville, Illinois.

Emphasis will be on major gifts, planned gifts, special events, membership development, annual giving and capital programs, and also oeprating/program grants. This person also will be responsible for marketing efforts of the organization including writen, printed, internet-based and social media communications, and volunteer management.

For more on the job qualifications, CLICK HERE. Application deadline is January 4, 2019 with a projected start date of March 15, 2019.

Submit your résumé to Brook McDonald, President/CEO at


Communications Specialist opening at The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is looking for a Development Communications Specialist to work in the Chicago office. This career opportunity is for a highly motivated, capable idividual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization.

Candidates will excel at strategy, project management, and team outreach, with excellent writing skills a must. The Speialist will work closely with colleagues in conservation, marketing, communications, and finance to ensure consistency of materials and foster collaboraation to engage donors.

For more details on the position and how to apply, CLICK HEREThe deadline for application is midnight EST December 24, 2018.


Stewardship leader needed at The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has a new position available: Indian Boundary Prairies Stewardship Leader, who will oversee the long-term and seasonal stewardship staff in the field, and assist in administration, grants, land protection, research, and other projects.

If you’d like more information about the position and how to apply, CLICK HERE. Deadline for applications is October 28, 2018.


The Nature Conservancy looking for community engagement director

The Nature Conservancy is looking for a Director of Community Engagementwho ill oversee the efforts of the Chicago Urban Conservation Program to get more area residents out in nature. This position oversees the stewardship partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Indian Boundary Prairies, and Illinois Nature Preserves.

For more information and how to apply, CLICK HERE. Applicatin accepted through November 18, 2018.


Executive director sought for Indiana’s Sycamore Land Trust


One of the fastest growing conservation groups in the Midwest is looking for an executive director to help with future growth. The Sycamore Land Trust covers beautiful, unglaciated southern Indiana hill country and is headquartered in the college town of Bloomington.

Sycamore Land Trust ha been protecting important natural areas and providing educational opportunities in southern Indiana for nearly 30 years.

The Executive Director will provide the vision and oversight for key program areas including land protection, land stewardship, and environmental education while overseeing six other full time staff.

For more information on the position and how to apply, CLICK HERE.



Conservation Fund hiring in Ann Arbor!

The Conservation Fund is looking for a Midwest Program Associate to work in its Ann Arbor, Michigan office.

Key responsibilities include managing the Ann Arbor Greenbelt program, which has protected over 5,000 acres of farmland and open space surrounding the City of Ann Arbor.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.