Each year, April 22nd is a chance to celebrate Earth Day and the wonder that is our planet. Join us for one of the many events taking place during EarthWeek or find your own way to engage and reflect on your relationship with the Earth’s resources and our responsibility to sustain it for future generations.
For more information, visit www.luc.edu/earthweek.
In 2014, a group of Chicago campuses came together to develop a competition modeled after the Bike Commuter Challenge to compete with each other in getting members of the campus community on their bikes. 10 schools participated in the first year and 12 the second with over 4,000 trips entered over five days.
It is that time again! Join us for Bike2Campus week (April 24 - 28th) in the following ways:
1. Log your rides - We have prizes for number of rides taken over the week. Log any rides at bike2campus.com. Note: you must enter your @luc.edu email address to be counted!
2. Participate in one of the scheduled programs.
Environmental Town Hall
Join State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and Rep. Ann Williams at the Environmental Town Hall on LSC. Join your local legislators and environmental experts to learn more about important environmental topics and what you can do. Speakers will discuss important policy issues related to clean energy and solar power, environmental justice, pesticides, recycling and composting.
The Environmental Town Hall will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Galvin Auditorium on LSC.
Mycology Club Fundraiser
Sketchbook Brewery has been supplying the Mycology Club with brewery waste to use for fruiting mushrooms in IES. Sketchbook beer will be served as part of Ireland’s weekly “tap takeover" on Thursday, April 20. 50% of the sales will go towards the Mycology Club's fundraiser. Brendan Goodwin (IES student and Mycology Club President) will be doing a DJ set. There will be free pizza from Felice’s provided.
All IES clubs are invited to provide updates on club projects. There will also be opportunities to learn more about Mycology Club's work.
This event is open to all ages.
ENVS 398-002 Special Topics: Hydrology
Take Hydrology next fall with Professor Sivandran!
Hydrology deals with questions concerning the most basic resource on the planet - water. Hydrology is the study of water, its movement between the atmosphere, water bodies and soil, its distribution between these reservoirs and its quality. You might be familiar with the water cycle, and a quantitative and qualitative study of water at different stages of the cycle is what hydrology deals with, however the focus of this class is how all these components are interconnected.
Topics covered in this class include – precipitation processes; evaporation and transpiration; groundwater flow; surface flow and water resource management. Given the growing world-wide challenges associated with both the quantity and quality of water resources (scarcity of water leading to droughts, and an abundance of water leading to floods) this class aims to provide students with a broad skill set that will enable them to deal with both theoretical and practical scientific problems surround water resources.
ENVS 200: Environmental Careers and Professional Skills
Consider taking ENVS 200 next fall! This one-credit course introduces students to the different types of environmental professions that exist and what kinds of skills and personality traits are best suited for professions in policy, science, business, community organizing, etc. It is designed to help students begin developing a network in the profession, and to start them thinking about what area of the profession they might want to pursue so they can more intentionally select appropriate internships, elective courses, and class projects that will enhance their knowledge, skills and experience in their chosen field.
1) Develop job hunting and general communication skills specific to environmental fields – including resumes and e-portfolios, cover letters, professional presentations, and general public speaking.
2) Gaining an overview of the different career paths in environmental sustainability fields from sciences to social sciences to business and how to design a curriculum to achieve individual goals.
The class will include numerous guest speakers from the environmental professions. All ENVS students are strongly encouraged to take the class which we now hope to offer every semester.
ENVS 398-001 Special Topics: Food Economics
Developing solutions to local and global food problems requires an understanding of how individuals make decisions in market settings. After reviewing the dramatic changes in agricultural economies over the past century and potential limits to growth, the course will examine economic theories of behavior in food markets. Specific topics will include marketing strategies industry uses to sell food products, and recent research on consumer food preferences, including the effects of mandatory labeling (e.g. for GMOs) and strategic product placement (e.g. junk food in schools) on consumption. Course readings will be complemented with analysis of actual market data, to provide hands-on experience with interpreting and using economic models of food systems. By the end of the course, students will understand the forces of supply and demand in food markets, have experience with economic statistics to answer fundamental questions on the outcomes observed in food systems, and have the competences needed to communicate about the modern food industry.
This course can substitute for ENVS 237.
THEO 204: Religious Ethics and the Ecological Crisis
This course engages issues of diversity of peoples, economic classes, religious groups and vast differentials in nations and classes in terms of their respective ecological footprints and their relative contributions to climate change.
The course is divided into six units, each devoted to a study of the science, ethics, and spirituality that can inform actions in response to each of earth’s six threats:
1) Global atmospheric warming and climate change
2) Habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss
3) Exhaustive natural resource extraction
4) Continued fossil-fuel energy use
5) Diminishing fresh water availability and quality
6) Food insecurity resulting from climate change and land development
The need to act personally, socially, and globally for the well-being of earth’s environment is indisputable. Our lives and the lives of future human and non-human generations depend on it.
ENVS 284: Environmental Justice
This course examines how policy interacts with race and class to affect different people’s access to a clean, safe and productive environment. It reviews history of the environmental justice movement, and community, policy and legal responses. The course will develop students’ ability to work across diverse social groups to advance environmental justice and sustainability.
Students will understand forces that have led to people of different race and class being affected differently by environmental benefits, and the burdens and strategies for addressing environmental injustices.
Environmental Journalism is now Writing Intensive!
Consider taking Environmental Journalism with Dr. Connie Fletcher next fall. Dr. Fletcher teaches journalism in the School of Communication and is listed in the Princeton Review's, "Top 300 Professors in the U.S." You will get centered in current environmental topics and issues, learn how to report on environmental stories responsibly and ethically, add the skills of writing, video and audio production and photography to your repertoire and become a force for change by reporting on "the most important stories in the world."
Go to LOCUS for either the IES (ENVS 398-01W) or SOC (COMM 372-01W) to register.
This course has no pre-requisites and is open to all majors. This class is writing-intensive and good writing skills are recommended.
LUREC Farm Operations Internship
The Farm Operations intern will learn the workings of an organic fruit and vegetable farm including field, greenhouse and hoop house production. Marketing and managing the Farm Stand for the summer will also be part of this internship. The intern will participate in our sustainable food operation including harvesting, processing and delivering to our campus kitchen. They will also work with area restaurants in delivery of specialty items.
To apply, you must be a current IES student enrolled in ENVS 395. You must be able to work almost exclusively outside in rain or shine. Some strenuous work and lots of physical activity required. No experience in gardening necessary.
This is a full time internship and will run from May 14 to August 11. Interns will receive room and board plus $1,000 monthly stipend. Please send application, resume and cover letter to the Farm Operations Manager Emily Zack ASAP.
Paid Summer Mosquito Positions
The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease (MCE-VBD) is currently recruiting for paid summer 2017 positions to work on field research
projects related to mosquito control work in the Chicago Area. We can offer
one full-time experience for the duration of the summer (3 months) and two part-time positions. Please note–this research will require some strenuous activities (ie. removal of 100 lb manhole covers).
To be considered for one of these positions, please send the following items to Justin Harbison.
1) A cover letter to detail your interest in vector-borne diseases, your availability to work during the time frame listed above (part-time or full-time and any anticipated time away)
2)A short resume to detail your educational and work experience
Spring Plant Sale!
Urban Agriculture is helping you jump start your Spring with an Earth Day Plant Sale! The sale will be held on Earth Day (April 22) from 2-6 p.m. at the Loyola Red Line Stop.
Howard Rosing will be presenting, "Farming Chicago: Prospects for Sustainable Urban Food Systems in the U.S. Heartland" in the IES Research Seminar Series on April 25 from 4-5 p.m. in IES 123/124.
Anthropologist Howard Rosing is the director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University. He is a faculty member in Community Service Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Geography, Sustainable Urban Development and Community Psychology at DePaul. Rosing's research focuses on urban food access, economic restructuring, community food systems and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. He is co-author (with Daniel Block) of Chicago: A Food Biography (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and author of numerous book chapters and articles including "Growing Community Through Gardens on Chicago's Southwest Side" (In: Sowing Seeds in the City, Springer, 2016) and "Farming Chicago" (In: Metropolitan Universities Journal, Winter 2017.) He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the State University of New York-Binghamton.
Take Environmental Health Online!
Take Environmental Health (ENVS 301) online over the summer and earn 3 credits! This course will focus on epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in populations). This course is designed as an introduction to environmental public health issues, laws, regulations, research, and advocacy. Environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community will be presented. The environmental media (air, water and land) and various community exposure concerns will also be presented.
The course will utilize available internet resources to access environmental data, and focus related research. A team project will be completed requiring literature review and presentation and critical assessment of a successful (or unsuccessful) environmental advocacy campaign.
Environmental Health will take place online from June 5-July 28.
Take a Course at LUREC this Summer!
Here's the list of the fun classes that are being offered during our annual LUREC May Term (May 15-June 3, 2017):
ENVS 280: Principles of Ecology (3 credits) and ENVS 286: Principles of Ecology Lab (1 credit)
ENVS 326: Agroecosystems (3 credits)
ENVS 398: Special Topics: Field Entomology (3 credits)
ANTH 399: Fieldwork in Anthropology (3 credits)
MBPH 495/ENVS 398:Special Topics: Environmental Health--Mosquitoes and Ticks (1 credit)
For more information visit: Luc.edu/summer/courses/lurec
Environmental Graphiti at Loyola
Environmental Graphiti is a venture that uses contemporary art as a vehicle to enhance public awareness about the science of climate change. Each of the pieces in the series of 50+ digital paintings is based on a chart, graph, word or number representing a key fact about climate change.
A collection of the art (18 pieces) is now permanently installed at the Institute of Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago's Lake Shore campus.
Searle Biodiesel Volunteer Days
Are you interested in what Loyola students do in the Searle Biodiesel Lab and how we contribute to campus sustainability? Come volunteer with us and find out! The Searle Biodiesel Lab is now offering volunteer days for Loyola students every Friday (excluding holidays) from 12:00-2:00 p.m. for the remainder of the Spring 2017 semester. Gain first-hand experience in the lab and see for yourself how we create the biodiesel that runs our inter-campus shuttles and the BioSoap that is present in all of the restrooms on campus. Sign up to volunteer by visiting the Searle Biodiesel Lab and leaving your name and e-mail address on the sign-up sheet on the door.
Volunteer with Urban Ag!
Volunteer with Urban Agriculture on Saturdays from 11 - 1 to learn about sustainable food production and overcoming the challenges of growing food in an urban environment. Tasks for volunteers include irrigation, harvesting, feeding fish, data collection, and general maintenance of the gardens or greenhouse.
If you are interested in joining Urban Ag volunteer days, or want to inquire about volunteering during the week, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Urban Ag Work Days:
Volunteer for a Restoration Work Day!
Join us, every second Saturday of the month, for a Restoration Work Day at LUREC. We're always looking for volunteers to help restore the natural areas of our Retreat and Ecology Campus. The volunteer session starts at 9:30 a.m. at LUREC and lunch will be served. Transportation to LUREC is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Upcoming Restoration Work Days will be held on:
May 13, 2017
June 10, 2017
July 8, 2017
August 12, 2017
Please RSVP to Dr Lammers-Campbell if you are able to attend.
LUREC Highlighted in Friends of Hackmatack Monarch Committee Report
Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) was recently highlighted in the 2016 Friends of Hackmatack NWR Monarch Committee Report. The butterfly garden depicted at the top of the report was planted by Dr Ohsowski's restoration class and Fr Stephen Mitten's Field ornithology class.
Are you interested in similar work? Learn more about LUREC Restoration Work Days. Direct your questions to Dr. Lammers Campbell.
Loyola Bird Photo Series
Since 2012, the Student Operation for Avian Relief have been working to protect birds on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. Last year photographer Art Fox took a series of images of birds recovered from Loyola's campus. Several of these photos are included in his exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Visit Fox’s exhibit title "Broken Journey", which highlights how Chicago is dangerous to migratory birds.
Useful IES Major/Minor Information
1. Get to know your advisors! You have two advisors, an Academic Advisor and an IES Faculty Advisor. Your Academic Advisor can help you with scheduling and LOCUS. Your IES Faculty Advisor can provide advice and guidance on career paths and course selection.
2. Volunteer at IES. Volunteering in the Biodiesel Lab, Greenhouse/Aquaponics facility (i.e. Ecodome), and Farmer's Market is fun and a great way to get experience. It also might give you a leg up on getting a paid internship in the future!
3. Apply for an internship. It's a great way to get hands-on experience, find out if you like a particular profession and develop connections that may generate future opportunities. Find up-to-date information on our Internships, Jobs, and Careers Page.
4. Take a class at LUREC. IES offers classes at our Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL. You can get 3 credits in just 3 weeks.
5. Volunteer for a Student Environmental Alliance, Restoration Club, Grower's Guild,and LUC Net Impact. You can also get involved in Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC).
8. Got a great idea for a environmental/sustainability oriented project? Submit a proposal to the The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) and get it done.
9. Look for Email Blasts. Every two weeks we send out an email to all majors with recent internship, volunteer, job opportunities, and events.
10.Continue to check the IES Student Bulletin Board for up-to-date news on events and opportunities.
New IES Internships, Jobs, & Careers Page
The Institute of Environmental Sustainability has revamped how we present opportunities to our students and alumni.
Come check out the new website and let us know if it is helpful!
IES Student Ambassadors
We are looking for current Juniors and Seniors interested in volunteering for a variety of events such as:
Meeting with high school students considering environmental degrees to relate your experience with IES and Loyola.
Having a prospective or newly admitted student shadow you for a day, or maybe a class or two.
Being a student representative of IES, along with an IES staff or faculty member, and some of the student fairs throughout the year – the Major Fair, Resources Fairs, Open houses etc.
If you are interested and willing to provide this valuable service, contact Chris Wolff.
Call to Action
Join our Net Impact LUC chapter
The global Net Impact undergraduate chapter network is made up of student-led campus organizations working to create a positive social and environmental impact. The main focus of Net impact is sustainability and business.
If you’re interested in joining Net Impact, contact email@example.com
Call to Action
Help Loyola become a Bicycle Friendly University
As part of our application to be recognized as a "Bike Friendly University", we would like you to fill this 2-minute survey. Your local knowledge and perspective will provide invaluable feedback on Loyola's efforts to support biking.
IES 2015-2016 Annual Report
Read the Institute of Environmental Sustainability 2015-2016 Annual Report to learn more about IES efforts in campus waste reduction, the free environmental science textbook (Healing Earth), and our exceptional students and staff.
How to Live Green
What does “being green” mean at Loyola? Learn about actions to take as a student to create an impactful yet simple campus life. Check out the Guide to Living Green On Campus to get started.
"Lungs of the City" Screening
Two Loyola University Chicago undergraduate students will premier their first documentary film, "The Lungs of the City" as part of the University’s 7th annual Weekend of Excellence showcasing student research. Funded jointly by Loyola University Department of Community Relations and the community organization Friends of the Parks, the students have been studying Chicago’s lakefront for nine months. The short documentary will tell the story of what makes Chicago’s lakefront unique and ask the question of whether development of the shore is sacrosanct.
The screenings will take place on Friday, April 21 at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the Damen Cinema. A reception and meet & greet with the filmmakers will take place at Ireland's Bar in the lower level of the Damen Student Center at 5:30 p.m.
Cudahy Library Closed for Summer
The Cudahy Library will be completely closed for the summer while major work is done on the heating and cooling system. There is no start date yet, but the work could begin as early as May 8, and is expected to last until August. During this time, Cudahy Library will be inaccessible to the public. Books will be retrieved from Cudahy upon request. Expect to wait at least 24 hours (and possibly longer) for books to be made available. A temporary circulation desk will be established on the first floor of the Information Commons. The IC will maintain regular hours throughout the summer.
Connect with Loyola Alumni
Do you wish you could talk to Loyola graduates in your field of interest? Well, you're in luck because LUConnect is a tool that connects students to alumni with mutual interests. Students can communicate with alumni and gain knowledge about their field. Visit LUConnect or e-mail Bridget at the Career Development Center with any questions.
Loyola's Peer Tutor Association is looking for students who want to provide free tutoring at flexible times to peers around campus. This is an excellent resume builder, way to improve your leadership skills and a way to become more involved on campus.
Fill out LPTA's application on LUCentral or email LPTA for more information.
Email LPTA to request tutoring services.
ACE Peer Tutor-Mentor
The mission of the Loyola University Chicago Achieving College Excellence (ACE) program is to serve and support students who qualify as low-income, first in their families to pursue a bachelor's degree, and/or have a documented disability. ACE is seeking high achieving, enthusiastic LUC students to serve as Peer Tutor- Mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year for introductory courses in Environmental Science.
Apply ASAP by sending your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to Michelle Thomas, ACE Tutoring Coordinator. Please write "ACE Peer Tutor Application" in the subject line. Please note you must have a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA to be considered.
This position will pay $10.50 an hour for 5-10 flexible hours per week.
CURL Friday Morning Seminars
Loyola's Center for Urban Research and Learning invites you to its Spring 2017 Friday Morning Seminars.
CURL Friday Morning Seminars are held on Friday mornings from
10:30am until 12:00pm in Cuneo Hall, 417. Loyola faculty, students, staff, community members, and guests are welcome. Visit
CURL’s website for the full schedule.
River Valley Mushroom Farm Summer Jobs
Need a summer job? Interested in Chicagoland Farmers Markets? River Valley Mushroom Farm is currently hiring for the upcoming season!
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the job listing.
The deadline to apply is May 4, 2017.
GreenCorps Chicago Youth Instructor Position
The Greencorps Chicago Youth Program (GCYP) is a summer youth employment program, administered by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Department of Family and Support Services. The Youth Instructor will spend the majority of their time teaching horticulture, landscape practices, tree care, bicycle maintenance, and bike safety to high school youth enrolled in GCYP. Instructors will work out of a Chicago Public School or other community based location, with significant components taught outdoors at a variety of project sites (such as community gardens or urban farms) throughout the City of Chicago.
Please submit resume and cover letter to Greencorps Chicago to the attention of Diana Cordon with "Youth Instructor Position" as the subject line.
Health Disparities Volunteer Position
The Northwestern Juvenile Project is a federally-funded longitudinal study of the health needs and outcomes of 1829 youth who were initially detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago.
The Project is looking for a patient, detail-oriented volunteer to help us with our “tracking” operation, including sending mailings to participants, processing returned mail, data entry and filing. Minimum 8 hours per week during regular working hours.
For consideration, please send a letter of interest and a resume to email@example.com with “Volunteer” noted in the subject line. If there is interest in your candidacy, we will contact you.
USDA Plant Protection Technician
Plant Protection Technicians play an important role in exotic pest detection in Illinois. Responsibilities of the position include installing, baiting and maintaining insect traps in the field to detect the presence of exotic species. The Technician will collect and screen insect samples, record and enter data into local and/or national pest detection databases, and help maintain a small reference collection of wood boring insects. The Technician will be involved in surveys designed to detect exotic bark beetles, woodboring beetles, Sirex woodwasp, Asian gypsy moth, khapra beetle, and/or invasive plants. This work will require working in a variety of environments throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, including forests, parks, rail yards, warehouses, industrial areas and ports of entry. Technicians work both independently and as part of a team.
To apply for the position, please submit the following materials via email or fax:
1. A resume or OF 612 form (Optional Application for Federal Employment).
2. College transcripts.
3. Declaration for Federal Employment form OF 306. This form can be downloaded from the following link: OF 306
McHenry County Weekends of Restoration
The spring and fall events will focus on women in conservation. Among these
women are poets and scientists who changed how all of us think about nature;
women whose genius for organization created national parks and led conservation through both formative and perilous times; and educators who have inspired generations of nature lovers and conservationists.
April 28-30: Women in Conservation: a personal story (7 p.m. Friday to Noon Sunday)
September 15-17: Women in Conservation: Today (7 p.m. Friday to Noon Sunday)
June 10: Summer Workshop & Tour (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
For more information, visit MCCDistrict.org.
Call for Volunteers
The Amazon Rain Forest Sustainability is looking for 15 people for ushering, food service, donation collection and ticket management. Contact Donna Morris for more information with the subject line, "rain forest volunteer."
RSVP to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crew Leader Positions
The Student Conservation Association and Friends of the Forest Preserves are
currently accepting applications for Crew Leader positions for the 2017 Chicago- Conservation Leadership Corps.
For More Information please email Zach Taylor or Daiva Gylys.
To apply please email cover letter and resume to Zach Taylor and Daiva Gylys. Additionally, Please fill out the application.
Conservation Science Scholars Coordinator
The Coordinator, Conservation Science Scholars contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society (“CZS”) by engaging teens in the Society’s mission both at the zoo and in the communities it serves, including generating
consistent, positive exposure for the Society through community relations and outreach, identifying/communicating with/involving community leadership in CZS programs, and representing the institution to diverse constituencies. The primary goal for this position is to build strong, sustainable relationships with a diverse spectrum of teens, their parents and community stakeholders throughout the Chicagoland area.
If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at www.czs.org/careers. Please look for requisition number 1371BR.
Landscape Site Supervisor
The Site Supervisor will help oversee entry-level crew members at a variety of job sites across the south suburbs, directing our company’s efforts to install and maintain green infrastructure and native landscaping projects in and around Blue Island, Robbins, Calumet Park, South Holland, Park Forest, southern sections of the City of Chicago, and other nearby communities. The Site Supervisor, together with the High Bridge Program Manager, will train recent workforce graduates in natural areas restoration work, green infrastructure installations, including the use of pavers, riprap stone, excavation and downspout disconnections as well as rain garden plantings, general landscaping, and skills in communication and reliable attendance. This position is ideal for a college student pursing a degree in horticulture or ecological sciences with an interest in hands-on field work.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com with Landscape Site Supervisor in the subject line.
"Queen" at Victory Gardens Theater
"Queen" follows the story of PhD candidates, Sanam and Ariel, who have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error in their calculations, which could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences?
"Queen" by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz (Cocked, The Whale) returns to Victory Gardens Theater after enthralling audiences last summer at the 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.
"Queen" will run at the Victory Gardens Theater from April 14 - May 14, 2017. Get your tickets here.
Farm Crew Positions
Mint Creek Farm is a 230 acre, Certified Organic, grass-fed livestock farm located about 80 miles south of Chicago. It has a wide diversity of livestock including sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and seasonal turkeys. Our meat and eggs are sold at farmers markets throughout the city and suburbs.
Mint Creek Farm is seeking farm crew members to start immediately. This is a long term, paid, full-time position with room and board available. Come learn and gain an understanding of how to raise livestock and poultry organically on pasture. Daily responsibilities will include feeding and watering the animals and ensuring their day to day health and well-being.
Email your resume or employment history to Julie. Include any farm equipment you have experience operating and your best contact information.
Graduate Research Assistantship
Prospective students interested in conducting research on social and natural resources related to the brown bear viewing experience at Katmai National Park and Preserve (Alaska) are invited to apply for a graduate research associate (GRA) position in the Park Management & Conservation Program at Kansas State University. This position is intended for students interested in pursuing a master’s degree (M.S.). Position to begin fall 2017. Employment could begin as early as summer 2017, for a highly qualified candidate.
For full consideration, please complete the online admission application for K-State Graduate School. Additionally, please email the following to Dr. Skibins: 1) Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) indicating your area(s) of research interest and long-term goals; 2) resume/CV; 3) three letters of recommendation; 4) transcripts for all college course work; and 5) GRE scores. Applicants seeking enrollment for fall 2017 should submit all materials by May 1.
For more information about the department, or the position contact Dr. Skibins.
Earth Day with Friends of the Parks
Friends of the Parks' Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean Up and Celebration began 28 years ago as a way to engage communities in their local parks and forest preserves. Today, FOTP partners with a multitude of other groups including: Friends of the Forest Preserves, Chicago Park District, and Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22 and this event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in parks throughout the Chicago area. From 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. there will be a celebration at Humboldt Park (including lunch, games and activities for all ages)! Find a park near you and sign up here!
Earth Day with OEFF and City of Chicago
Join the City of Chicago, WBEZ Chicago, and One Earth Film Festival for FREE film screenings of The City Dark in our city's museums and park districts. The film and brief post-film program will focus on our human connection to the everyday science of light and our living planet, and explore ways city-dwellers can live in harmony with nature. Some screenings will be followed by sun telescope observations.
These screenings will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. The five venues are Adler Planetarium, Pullman National Monument, Clarendon Park Community Center, Garfield Park Golden Dome, and Jackson Park.
Seating is limited; reservations strongly suggested.
Sustainable Development Abroad
The GREEN Program is now enrolling students for the summer of 2017. The GREEN Program provides short term, experiential education for our world's most pressing issues in sustainable development.
GREEN Program Scholarships are now available and application are open. Apply to receive more information.
Check out the following organizations' event calendars for networking opportunities and some fun!
The Current: an informal collaborative monthly happy hour to convene the vibrant energy community in Chicago
Local Foods: in-store events that encourage best practices and support our local food systems
Advocates for Urban Agriculture: AUA-sponsored events and other urban agriculture-related happenings in the Chicago area
U.S. Green Building Council: events that revolve around the advancement of buildings and communities that are sustainable
UI Labs: innovative product events
Environmentalists of Color: responding to the lack of diversity in the environmental sector in the Chicagoland area
Seven Generations Ahead Internship
Do you have a passion for local food? Seven Generations Ahead is looking for an intern to start this spring. SGA works to promote healthy and sustainable communities. It is an unpaid internship but is an excellent experience opportunity.
Interns will be closely supervised and trained by the Illinois State Farm to School lead as well as our Farm to School Coordinator. Interns will become familiar with current Farm to School policy, obstacles, strides and current efforts to forge this connection in Illinois. Interns will be researching farm to school policies and developing informational pieces for state legislators. Interns will gain experience updating websites, communicating with a variety of stakeholders and using data to support current and future work. They will also be asked to work on a food certification program for farmers, expand our Harvest of the Month website and mine Farm to School census data.
Interested students should send their resumes to Lisa Daleiden-Brugman.
Chicago Farm Works Internship
Chicago FarmWorks is a 2-acre farm in Garfield Park that fights poverty. We do this through two related goals: to distribute local produce of the highest quality to those who need it most, and to help people with multiple barriers to employment, such as low literacy, chronic unemployment, homelessness, and lack of skills find full-time, permanent jobs.
Harvest Commons is a permanent supportive housing program on Chicago’s Near West Side for low-income residents who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. Chicago FarmWorks maintains a garden, a flock of chickens, fruit trees, and a bee hive at Harvest Commons. The garden is planned, tended, and harvested cooperatively among tenants and staff.
The intern will split time between these two sites to gain an in-depth experience in mission-driven farming.
Please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Surma, Urban Agriculture Coordinator,at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list your availability, including start and end date, days available during the week,and number of hours per week.
Uncommon Ground Organic Rooftop Farm Internship
Intern at the nation’s first certified organic rooftop farm atop the Greenest Restaurant in Chicago! This summer internship is a great opportunity for Loyola students as it is close to campus and provides an in depth educational experience in urban agriculture.
Apply ASAP to be considered!
Entry Level Forest Preserve Positions
The Conservation & Experiential Programming Dept. of the Forest Preserves
of Cook County has a number of seasonal entry level jobs available for application. Read more about the Forest Preserve opportunities.
Experiential Learning on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua
Build your leadership skills and create a lasting impact in the lives of others through sustainable development work on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The 2017 Summer Fellowship is a unique opportunity to apply classroom theory and knowledge to real-world situations, driving personal and professional growth while creating local impact. Fellows build leadership skills and work on projects alongside a diverse program cohort, local staff, international staff, and Nicaraguan families and communities.
To apply, visit http://www.blueenergygroup.org/.
North Shore Mosquito Abatement District Positions
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District is currently seeking qualified persons to fill the following positions:
Seasonal Field Technicians – Starting pay $13.00 per hour. Applications will be accepted for Seasonal Field Technicians until April 28, 2017. Please download and complete the NSMAD employment application and send it to email@example.com.
Internship Opportunity, Paid – The Evanston Health & Human Services Department is seeking an Environmental Health Intern for their West-Nile Virus program from May 1 to October 31, 2017. Please click here for additional information.
The United States Department of Agriculture is looking to fill 26 internship positions in the Biological Sciences field. The Internship Program is designed for rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students, and to develop key technical and leadership skills necessary to be successful APHIS employees. Upon completion of the program, students may be eligible to be noncompetitively converted into a permanent position.
Apply online at USAJobs.gov.
Nelson Institute Internships
Check out the Nelson Institute Jobs Board for the latest internship and job postings! Seven internships were just added this week!
Fiore Nursery Internship
Fiore Nursery is looking to hire students for its paid wholesale nursery Customer Service Internship for the summer of 2017.
To apply, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro Farms Internships
Metro Farms seeks 3 interns for the spring/summer season. Interns will receive class credit, farm fresh fish and produce and aquaponic farm operations experience. The time commitment is a minimum of two days, six hours each, per week.
Apply with resume, desired specialty task and weekly availability to email@example.com.
Agriculture in the Classroom 2017 Summer Internship
Annually, the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation offers an internship within the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Department in Countryside, IL. The internship begins in late May and will extend to early August.
This is a paid internship, available to current college students. Anticipate job requirement of 20-30 hours per week. Some area travel required. The position is selected through an interview process and application as well as resume, academic transcripts, and references.
For more information or to apply, contact Diane Merrion.
Environmental Law and Policy Summer Undergraduate Program
Are you an undergraduate student interested in advocacy and making a difference? Develop the tools you need to become a powerful advocate for the environment in the New Frontiers in Environmental Law and Policy summer program at Vermont Law School.
Lake Forest Open Lands Jobs and Internships
Lake Forest Open Lands is looking to fill camp instructor and counselor positions as well as a couple environmental internships. For more information please visit the Lake Forest Open Lands Jobs & Internships page.
The Talking Farm Internships
The Talking Farm is looking for motivated individuals that want to learn more about and participate in sustainable urban agriculture. Applications are due at least a month before each session.
Contact Matt Ryan for more information.
Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe.
There is no fee to participate in this program and lodging is provided for all participants.
Applications will be accepted until June 15.
Join All Students All Science!
Are you interested in interdisciplinary research and discussion? ASAS is a student organization aimed at connecting students from different departments to share research and interdisciplinary ideas, as well as provide information on graduate and professional opportunities.
This club is dedicated to creating a platform for students to practice presenting research for various audiences. If you are interested in presenting your work, sign up here.
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ocean Campus Internship
Oceans Campus is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students of all levels to become a member of the Oceans Research Unit in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The renowned Oceans Research Internship offers a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for students to gain hands on practical training in conducting research on South Africa's marine mega-fauna, including the great white shark. Interns join our scientists daily on their research expeditions to conduct groundbreaking research and experiments involving Mossel Bay's sharks and marine mammals.
For more information, please visit the Oceans Campus website.
Geography and Environmental Internships Abroad
GoEco invites students and faculty to participate in geography and environmental internships and volunteer projects abroad!
GoEco alumni have documented their internship and volunteer experiences on our blog. Read inspiring stories, travel highlights, tips and advice related to projects around the world!
Montana Farm Jobs and Internships
The farm season will be here before you know it! Spend your summer outdoors, get your hands dirty and experience the tough and rewarding work of farming or ranching in Montana. Amid the breathtaking views and endless wilderness recreation, Montana boasts an incredible range of agriculture.
On Farm Link Montana, you can find jobs producing wheat and pulses, organic vegetables, cattle, dairy, hops and more. This FREE web resource connects job and internship seekers with Montana farms and ranches. The site features a searchable map displaying farms and ranches with open positions. Read information about each operation and fill out one common application form to apply for all the jobs that interest you.
Call to Action
Net Impact Food Solutions Challenge
Net Impact, a non-profit in Oakland, California, is a network of students and young professionals interested in using their careers for social and environmental good.
The Food Solutions Challenge and it’s based off the question: How might we move towards a carbon neutral or carbon positive food supply chain in the future? Students will receive funding and toolkits to host short campus events addressing these interconnected issues (food production and climate change). Students with the best events will have the chance to compete at the 2017 Global Food Solutions Conference, all-expenses-paid!
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Internship
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm is currently looking for interns for the summer of 2017. Learn more and apply today!
Study Abroad in Belize
The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA) offers conservation and ecology courses over the summer in English speaking Belize. CELA courses offer great field work in the jungle, the Belize Zoo, watersheds and on the Mesoamerican reef in the Caribbean Sea.
The CELA summer session runs from May 27-June 24, and the courses carry three credit hours each. For more information, visit the CELA Belize website.
Summer Mosquito Internship
The Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (NWMAD) in Wheeling, Illinois has summer field and laboratory assistant positions to fill. These positions are an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable skills in both field work and in the laboratory.
Contact Patrick Irwin, NWMAD Entomologist, for an application form.
Student Water Samplers Wanted
Tap Water Watch is looking for help collecting water samples and distributing these samples to the laboratory for analysis. Work includes preparing sample bottles, labeling sample bottles, filling sample bottles and completing chains of custody. Samplers will need to ensure that samples are valid and representative based upon federal and state guidelines. Training and work will be performed under the supervision of a water quality supervisor.
Compensation will be based on the number of samples collected per job. Send a current resume to email@example.com to apply.
Vivant Spring Internship
Vivant Gardening Services, a Chicago-based small business providing garden services to residents, restaurants and community groups around the North Side of Chicago, is offering a Spring Internship for its start-of-season projects. Any student working in the Loyola Urban Ag/Environmental Sustainability programs would be a perfect fit.
This internship requires a commitment of 8-12 hours per week and requires availability between 8am-12pm on Thursdays and occasional Saturdays, with exceptions. This is an unpaid internship, with potential for hire to follow. Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Zipcar & IES
Zipcar offers Loyola students membership discounts. Car sharing is a convenient and more sustainable way to drive.
Zipcar locations near Loyola include:
· 1210 W. Arthur
· 6401 N. Sheridan
· 6151 N. Winthrop
· 6214 N Winthrop
· 6007 N. Sheridan
· 1520 W Morse
· 1624 W Morse
FrogTutoring, an educational technology platform that facilitates 1-on-1 private tutoring, is looking to hire Loyola students as tutors and mentors. This is a great opportunity for students to encourage, engage as well give great advice as to what to expect in college to local youth, all while enhancing your resume.
FrogTutoring offers great pay, bonuses, and flexibility. Apply today!
Italy Restoration Summer Field School
The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program is now accepting applications for its summer 2017 field school. The program, now in it's 18th year, is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.
Courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in english.
Conscious Impact, a post-earthquake sustainable community development organization based in Takure, Nepal, invites you to volunteer over your spring or summer break. You will gain professional skills through a hands-on sustainable building, sustainable agriculture or early childhood education experience.
Sign up to volunteer here.
Greencorps Crew Supervisor Position
Greencorps Chicago is expanding its work projects with Shawnee National Forest and it is looking for an individual to lead its Chicago crews on work trips. The ideal candidate would be familiar with leading crew camping projects.
For more information, check out this short video.
Conservation Corps Crew Member
Friends of the Forest Preserves is looking for a crew member to participate in its Conservation Corps program. The Friends’ Conservation Corps members work year-round to remove invasive species and restore native plants throughout
the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
To apply send a cover letter, resume and two professional references to Daiva Gylys.
Call to Action
Sustainability Programs Survey
The University of South Dakota currently has an undergraduate major and minor in sustainability that is looking to expand to include a master’s and Ph.D. in sustainability. As part of the process of expanding the Sustainability Program, University of South Dakota is conducting a market analysis to determine undergraduate student interest in pursuing a graduate degree in sustainability.
After you complete the survey, you can enter to be included in a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards.
James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program
The James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated recent college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government for one year. Qualified applicants must have completed a bachelor's or higher graduate degree in the 18 months prior to the program's commencement and must demonstrate a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and community/public service involvement. The program begins on the first weekday in August and ends on July 31st of the following year.
UP Farms Learning Opportunities
UP Farms is one of the only true vertical hydroponic farms in the world. It grows microgreens, leafy greens, and rare fruits 18 ft high in a warehouse in DuPage County 365 days a year. UP's foot print is only 4% of one acre, but its annual grow equivalent is over 8 acres. UP also uses 95% less water than traditional farming.
UP Farms would love to host any and all Loyola students or faculty. The owner, James Ratke is also interested in teaching and speaking to classes. Contact Ratke if you are interested in learning more about UP Farms.
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Internship
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be sponsoring an paid internship program through the Soil and Water Conservation Districts. This internship would allow for class credit through ENVS 395. If you are interested or have any questions about the program, contact the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Employment with the EPA
The EPA Region 5 is looking for a current undergraduate or graduate student for an environmental engineering/environmental science position. Start as a paid part-time intern while taking classes and then become full-time upon graduation in June or August.
Interested applicants should submit contact information to email@example.com. You will be emailed when the position is posted on USAJOBS.gov.
Green Networking Opportunity with Chicagoans
Environmental Industry Night brings together anyone in the environmental field, including students and professionals in the non-profit, business, and science sector. On the last Monday of every month, Chicagoans connect on how to build a sustainable career. The group meets in Wicker Park, and it is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. Join on LinkedIn or Facebook .
Lost Valley Education & Event Center, Oregon
Are you interested in getting certified in sustainability while enjoying the outdoors? Lost Valley Education Center offers a Holistic Sustainability Semester, where students may spend a summer or semester becoming certified in Permaculture Design and Ecovillage Design. Students will explore the five ladders of sustainability: personal, social, ecological, economic, and worldview. Click
here to learn more about this unique opportunity.
Check out the Nelson Institute's Job Board!
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies out of the University of Wisconsin--Madison has a great job board resource. Check this board often for internships, mid-level and entry-level environmental jobs.
Resource, Management and Environmental Studies Graduate Program
The University of British Columbia's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability is now accepting applications for its Resource, Management and Environmental Studies (RMES) Graduate Program.
Click here for more information and to apply to a top ranked university for environmental and ecological studies.