Watershed manager opening in Naperville

The Conservation Foundation is looking for a full-time Watershed Education and Outreach Manager to implement and expand outreach campaigns and events, coordinate technical workshops, update and maintain organization websites, and make public presentations on behalf of the DuPage River, Salt Creek, and Lower DesPlaines River watershed areas.

The Conservation Foundation has helped preserve nearly 33,000 acres of open space, cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.

Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties.

For more details on this position and how to apply, download the job description here.


Summer internships at Grand Prairie Friends

Grand Prairie Friends is looking for two seasonal support positions for this summer in ecological stewardship and management of natural areas in east- central Illinois.

These internships are for anyone 18 and older interested in environmental conservation, natural lands management, ecologicala restoration, plant identification, and the preservation of Illinois natural areas.

For more information on these openings and how to apply, CLICK HERE.


Wildlife Biologist opening at Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is looking for a biologist to assist in the continued development and expansion of the Big Rivers initiative.

The biologist will be responsible for DU’s conservation program oversight in portions of Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri, and may assist in other portions of DU’s Big Rivers Initiative.

The selected person will be based out of the St. Louis metro area in an office location with other DU Big Rivers staff.

If you’re interested in applying, download the job details and application information here.



Land Stewardship Manager opening at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation


Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is looking for a Land Stewardship Manager for this nonprofit conservation land trust preserving more than 5,800 acres of land in the beautiful Driftless Area of Jo Daviess County.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Land Conservation. Responsibilities include the stewardship, management, ecological restoration, and maintenance of public access of JDCF’s properties.

Download here a detailed job description and information on how to apply.


Heartlands Conservancy opening in southern Illinois

Heartlands Conservancy is looking for a dynamic and creative professional to advance the organization’s reach within souther Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The engagement Programs Coordinator is a part-time position at 20 hours per week, focused on coordinating Heartlands Conservancy’s Engagement and Education Program, communications, and outreach efforts.

For more information and how to apply, CLICK HERE.




Asst. Executive Director sought in Macomb

Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and evelopment, Inc.’s office in Macomb, Illinois is seeking an Assistant Executive Director.

This position will be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in carrying out the goals and objectives of PHRCD. The position requires working with many complex and diverse programs in natural resources and economic and community development with activities changing on a routine basis.

Knowledge and experience in non-profit management, marketing, fundraising, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, Quick Books and social media required.

If you’re interested in applying, send an email to prairie@frontier.com with ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR in the subject line along with a cover letter, salary requirements and résumé as attachments. No calls, please.

PHRCD is an Illinois non-profit corporation and a IRS 501c3 Charity.


Wild Ones looking for executive director

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is looking for a strategic leader with experience in varied responsibilities for its executive director in the Appleton, Wisconsin national headquarters.

The desired candidate should be able to show success working with a small organization board in strategic planning, managing a small not-for-profit including financial management, and possess excellent comunications skills, among many other things.

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

Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit promoting native plants and sustainable landscaping. This environmental education and advocacy organization was luanched in 197 by a small gropu attending a natural landscaping workshop. Since the early days, Wild Ones has become a national volunteer-driven organization providing resources and organizational support to its 4,000 members.




Community Outreach position at Nature Conservancy

We are looking for an experienced community ambassador to serve as the main point of contact and to lead engagement opportunities at our Indian Boundary Prairies and in the community.

This will include developing and maintaining strong relationships with key community members, partners and organizations such as, but not limited to: schools, libraries, local faith institutions, hospitals, Markham Park District, Markham Block Club, Southland Ministerial Health Network, Faith in Place and the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

This position will also will work with partners and staff to plan, promote and coordinate youth programs including Eco-Ambassadors (a summer youth program in partnership with Faith in Place for youth ages 14 to 18); Mighty Acorns (an environmental education program that connects third through fifth grade students with local natural areas through science and stewardship); and NatureWorks Everywhere (a Conservancy program that provides teachers with free digital resources to teach young people about nature including lesson plans, videos, virtual field trips and interactive garden tools).

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

  • Experience in community organizing and/or managing a volunteer program
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Supervisory experience and working with youth.
  • Interest and willingness to learn about the prairies and land restoration.
  • Familiarity with Chicago’s southland region.
  • Strong communication skills including writing, editing, proofreading and presenting.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience managing diverse activities to meet deadlines.
  • Experience managing projects and a budget.
  • Cross cultural; multi-cultural; multi-lingual skills, background or experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years experience, or the equivalent.

With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to people and nature, working in wild places and in urban areas including cities.

Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to pursue our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together, and building long-term relationships with communities and community organizations, government agencies, and commercial businesses.

We create partnerships to apply nature based solutions to both climate change and the meeting of human needs while conserving natural resources at a new scale.

If you are interested in working to save the planet, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, please visit www.nature.org/careers and search for job ID # 45864 in the keyword search. Submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, November 26, 2017 to be considered.

Please visit http://www.nature.org/careers to learn more.


NLI needs research assistant

The Rockford office of Natural Land Institute is looking for a part-time research assistant as part of a team that has been awarded an 18-month grant.

This position is based in the Rockford office, but there is an opportunity to work from home. This is an excellent position for someone at the start of a career in conservation finance or a related field. Work is done during normal office hours and may involve some in-state travel.

The research assistant will report to NLIS executive director and work closely with the project team.

The position is part-time, about 20 hours per week from December1, 2017 to March 31, 2019. Pay will be an agreed-upon hourly rate. Travel expenses will be reimbursed with mileage based on the standard rate.

To apply, email info@naturalland.org to request the Research Assistant job description. Applications are due by the end of business Friday, November 17, 2017. Interviews will be held the week o November 23.


Ecologist opening at the Chicago Park District

Looking for an opportunity to join the oldest and one of the largest park districts in America? The Chicago Park District is looking for an Ecologist/Project Manager with extensive knowledge of Midwest ecology and habitat restoration work.

The right person should have some technical skills in mapping using ArcGIS and Google Earth, among others.

If you want more information about this job opportunity, go to the Chicago Park District website here.