Outdoor Education

I am a Ministry Intern at DuBois Center, the camp of the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ. We run an outdoor education program called Nature’s Classroom during the fall and spring, and are currently looking for instructors. Our season runs from Sept. 24-Oct. 24, and could be a 1 month internship in Outdoor Education. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to your response, and hope that we might be able to help an SIU student gain some working knowledge of outdoor education.


David Irick

Ministry Intern
DuBois Center

Nature’s Classroom Now Hiring Flyer.doc

Opportunities for Interpretation and Trail Building

I would like to pass on some information regarding upcoming opportunities through Touch of Nature for students to gain some interp and trail building experience. This would be excellent for those students in your FOR 420 Interpretation class. More information can be found in the "OTPYG Fridays Flyer" attached.

But wait! There’s more!

We have trail building days scheduled here at Touch as well as in collaboration with the Forest Service at various locations throughout the forest. That information can be found in the "Trail Days Flyer" also attached.

Finally (I promise this is the last thing!), I have included our "Open Paddle" flyer in case some students or yourself would like to come relax out on the lake once the weather becomes more hospitable.

See you tomorrow.

Alex Halbrook
Graduate Assistant,
Environmental Education,
Touch of Nature Environmental Center,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
(618) 453-1121 ext. 241




Summer Employment

My name is Jacob Nordmann, Ranger for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. I am contacting you in hopes of providing an opportunity for one or more qualified students within your institution. The Forest Preserve is hosting a first of its kind Summer Ranger Camp. We have never provided a program of this capacity in the past and we are very excited about its potential. My goal today is to reach out to institutions such as yours seeking top candidates to fill the attached positions. By reaching out to individual organizations other than simply posting positions we feel we will be able to accurately target responsible, highly motivated, and career driven adults to lead our Ranger Camp; who are also looking for summer employment, internship credits, and most importantly experience. The Forest Preserve also has a number of other summer seasonal positions available as well. These are summer positions starting as early as May, and ending as late as September.

· Intern – Ranger Camp Counselor

§ Leadership role, Interact with participants, engage in activities, be a positive role model and provide appropriate leadership to camp participants.

· Seasonal – Ranger Camp Counselor

§ Interact with participants, engage in activities, be a positive role model and provide appropriate leadership to camp participants.

· Pre Professional Campground Attendant

§ Campground operations, including permit issuance, cash register operation, sales, rule interpretation, monitoring campground safety and conflict resolution.

· Seasonal Weekend Boat Attendant

§ Boat rental operations, cash register operation, rule interpretation, monitoring lake safety, and attending to customers.

· Pre Professional Boat Attendant

§ Boat rental operations, cash register operation, rule interpretation, monitoring lake safety, and attending to customers.

· Seasonal Ranger

§ Preserve/grounds maintenance including opening preserves, litter removal, latrine cleaning and upkeep of amenities.

· Pre Professional Ranger

§ Preserve/grounds maintenance including opening preserves, litter removal, latrine cleaning and upkeep of amenities, preserve inspections, assist and or lead various recreational programs and provide leadership to other co-workers

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is a nationally recognized conservation agency that envisions a community in which all citizens share a connection with nature and an appreciation for cultural history. With over sixty preserves consisting of over twenty-five thousand acers of land we offer a wonderful outdoor recreation experience. Within these preserves there are over 145 miles of trails, 31 lakes, and many other amazing recreational avenues to explore.

If you feel that any of these positions fit the criteria of a student you may know of please refer to the website job board. nhambel Phone: (630).392.4141. We very much appreciate your time and consideration.

Jacob Nordmann


Community Services and Education – West Division

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County



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Forestry Technician (Trails) Temporary position GS-462-4/5


Forestry Technician (Trails)

Temporary NTE 1039 hours

GS-0462-4 and GS-0462-5

The Shawnee National Forest (Forest) will soon be filling two temporary GS-0462-4 and GS-0462-5, NTE 1039 hours, Forestry Technician (Trails) positions. The positions are located on the Hidden Springs Ranger District with a duty station in Vienna Illinois. The positions will be advertised in USAJOBS.The purpose of this Outreach and Vacancy Notice is to inform prospective applicant of this opportunity.

Anyone interested is encouraged to complete the attached

Outreach Response Form as well as apply to the vacancy announcements. The open period for the vacancies is March 3, 2015 through March 9, 2015.

Please reply to this outreach and complete your application in USAJOBS by

March 9th, 2015.

GS-0462-4-5 Forestry Tech (Trails) Shawnee NF Seasonal Outreach Notice.docx

Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

Interested and eligible applicants must apply to each DFP project separately; include the specific DFP Project Number, by Monday, March 16, 2015.

Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) are offering 67 fellowship opportunities nationwide. The Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) is an 11-week summer fellowship designed to provide students an opportunity to work on projects, with rigorous standards that focus on conservation, wildlife biology and related fields of study. As a DFP participant, the student will have an opportunity to apply classroom theories, principles and concepts to real-world situations, and network and develop relationships with USFWS program officials and staff. Applications will be accepted from college undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students only. The 2015 DFP fellowships will begin late May or early/mid June.

USFWS will pay the travel costs for DFP participants to travel to the duty station of their assigned project and return to home/school, and free lodging will be available at some USFWS duty stations. These fellowships may include field specific training in addition to a week of leadership training at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Upon successful completion of the DFP fellowship and the degree requirements, the student may be appointed into a permanent position with USFWS. The student must meet the eligibility requirements and the education and/or experience qualifications for the permanent position.

The Flyers provided in the website contain information on each of the fellowship locations; desired education level/major; fellowship/project descriptions; instructions on how to apply; eligibility requirements; benefits; and a point of contact for questions. Recruitment Flyers for all DFP fellowship opportunities may be found at the US Fish and Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov/humancapital/

Interested and eligible applicants must apply to each DFP project separately; include the specific DFP Project Number, by Monday, March 16, 2015. Each application package is to be sent to the specified point of contact listed for each Region/Headquarters where the DFP project is being hosted.

NC-EE River Camp Counselor

Hi Dr. Park, Here is a summer position with a pretty cool Non-profit out of Asheville, NC. It may interest someone in your Interp class.


RiverLink’s River Camp Counselor Position

Summary: The River Camps Counselor will be expected to assist with all aspects of camps on a daily basis for all four camp sessions. This is a position for someone who loves to work outdoors and share their enthusiasm about the environment with children. A positive attitude and a high energy level with a commitment to excellence are also essential. The position does not offer benefits or paid sick/ vacation days.

• Attend every day of camp, weekdays
o Arrive at 8:30am
o Stay until 4:30pm
o If sickness or family emergency cause counselor to miss camp, counselor must immediately notify the director the night before the day to be missed.
• Assist with supervision of campers at all times
o Use appropriate discipline when necessary
• Assist with all activities: River recreation (canoeing, tubing, rafting), Environmental Education (Project WET, Enviroscape, Kids in the Creek, tours of parks and wastewater facilities), Service Learning (river cleanups, tree plantings, etc.)
• Share driving responsibilities- driving a 15 passenger van
• Communicate professionally with parents/ guardians
• Counselor is responsible for logging hours worked on a timesheet

Dates of Camp:

June 15th-19th (rising 3rd-5th)

June 22th-26th (rising 6th-8th)

July 13th-16th (rising 3rd-5th)

July 20th-24th (rising 3rd-5th)

Requirements and Qualifications:
v Must be able to pass a criminal background check
v Clean driving record
v An eligible candidate must be 18 years of age and have documentation of citizenship / naturalization / resident alien status
v Required experience working with children ages 9-14 in an educational or camp setting
v Preferred environmental education knowledge of riparian ecosystems and watersheds and river recreation (ie canoeing, rafting, etc.)
v College degree or currently enrolled in college (Prefer degree in Environmental Education/Studies)
v Ability to do physical labor (i.e. trash pickup and tree plantings)
v Ability to lift 30 lbs.
v Ability to work outdoors six hours a day
v Ability to work closely with and take directions from River Camps Director


Please email Alex Guyton, Education Coordinator at education

§ Brief cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the position and experience with children and/or summer camps.
§ Résumé (be sure to include your school and area of study/ degree)
§ Any relevant certifications (CPR, First Aid, etc.)
§ Availability
§ 2 References

See our website for more details:


Alex Guyton

Education Coordinator



(828) 252-8474 ext. 18

Seasonal Trail Positions at Midewin NTP

Announcements for trail positions at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie opened this morning on USAJobs.gov. The announcements will close on March 9. If you know anyone who may be interested, please forward this email to them.

Here are links to the two announcements.




Rick Short
Acting Public Services Team Leader
Forest Service

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

p: 815-423-2150
f: 815-423-6376
30239 S. State Route 53
Wilmington, IL, IL 60481
Caring for the land and serving people

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2015-2016 Environmental Education Naturalist Teaching Fellowship, FPDWC (Illinois)

Recruitment is underway for the 2015-2016 Environmental Education Naturalist Teaching Fellowship with the Forest Preserve District of Will County (Illinois). Please make the opportunity available to your students at SIU interested in interpretation and environmental education.

In brief, the Fellowship position is an 11-month term position that provides recent graduates interpretation experience and grooms professional skills. The term is more than a seasonal position, but a formal professional building program with mentoring, job shadowing, formal training, networking with other conservation agencies, certifications, and performance evaluation. The Fellowship includes on-site housing and a monthly stipend of $1320.00.

Attached is the 2015-2016 recruitment piece and job description. The recruitment piece outlines job duties, requirements, compensation, hiring timeline, and questionnaire. A complete application packet consists of: cover letter, résumé, completed questionnaire, college transcripts, and references. Application packets are received US mail; due April 30, 2015. There are two fellowships available for the 2015-2016 term. Interviews will take place in May. This year’s term is due to begin August 2015 and run through June 2016.

This will be the eight year for the Fellowship Program. Fellow alumni have gone onto secure positions with high profile agencies including the The Nature Conservancy, Bradford Woods (IN), Lincoln Park Zoo, the National Park Service, Brookfield Zoo, the Morton Arboretum, Illinois Forest Preserve Districts, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

You or your students are encouraged to contact me with any questions. I enjoy speaking with and helping students.

A SIU alum and former student of yours is a current Fellow. Your interpretation curriculum and his course work with you gave him a leg up on other candidates during the interview process. Will you be attending the EEAI conference down at Touch of Nature next month? The conference seems right up your ally with your students. We have two staff attending.


Jessica Prince-Sharrar

Environmental Education Supervisor

Forest Preserve District of Will County

17540 West Laraway Road

Joliet, IL 60433

p: 815.722.5890

f: 815.722.3608

e: jprince

Fellowship Recruitment 2015.pdf

NTF Job D 2015.pdf