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Environmental Educator Fellow
This position offers college students and graduates an opportunity to gain professional experience in the field of environmental education. Responsibilities include aiding with and leading outdoor field trips for kindergarten through high school age students and assisting in volunteer training and supervision. The Environmental Educator Fellow will work as a camp counselor during the summer and assist in camp planning and design. Tasks may include natural history research, prop construction and curriculum planning. The Environmental Educator Fellow will also assist in the everyday running of the Nature Center, which may include answering the phone, greeting the public, and animal care.
Applicants must:
  • be at least 18 years of age and either enrolled in or graduated from a college program in biology, environmental science, education or a related field.
  • have an outgoing personality and a respect for the natural world.
  • have teaching experience and familiarity with the natural history of our region is encouraged.
Duration: April to November, 2015; 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday 8a.m.-4p.m. with occasional nights or weekends. Starting at $10/hour.
APPLY. Interested candidates for 2015 should send their resume and cover letter to Karen Lewis, Environmental Education Coordinator, 350 N Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Restoration Ecology Summer Intern
Each year, Lake Forest Open Lands hires between 6-10 high school, college or post graduate students seeking hands-on experience within the field of ecology for our Summer Intern Program. This 8-week paid internship focuses on restoring degraded wildlife habitat, preserving high-quality prairie parcels and maintaining public trails as well as increasing knowledge of native flora and fauna. The internship also has a direct educational component - Intern Education Days - which happen one day each week. Education Days may include field trips to other local environmental organizations, guest speakers, as well as data collection training for science programs.
APPLY. Applicants must be 17 years of age. This seasonal position is from June 8 through July 31, 2015, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For a complete job description click here. For an application click here. For more information on the intern program contact

Eco-Camp Counselor Position 
Work with environmental educators to lead students in local summer nature camps. Responsibilities include the daily care and supervision of campers, camp prep and takedown, animal care and light maintenance. Daily activities may include investigating local ecosystems, teaching outdoor skills such as plant and animal identification, campfire cooking, knot tying, animal tracking, canoeing and biking. This is a wonderful opportunity for educators and environmental science students to gain hands-on teaching experience. Camp meets Monday through Friday and hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. with occasional extended days and overnights.
  • Must be energetic, enjoy working with children, and have a love of the outdoors.
  • Experience working with children preferred.
  • Familiarity with the natural history of our region and/or outdoor experience in camping, canoeing etc. preferred.
  • Must be comfortable in the water.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid drivers license and be certified in CPR and First Aid by start date.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and overnights.
  • Tasks will require extensive walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, climbing and lifting up to 50 pounds.
Duration: Training begins June 1st and camps run through August 14th. No camps the week of July 4th. All applicants must be available for the entire camp season.Starting at $10-13/hour.
APPLY. All applicants must be available for the entire camp season. Interested candidates for 2015 must fill out this application and return to Karen Lewis, Environmental Education Coordinator, 350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
Center for Conservation Leadership/Eco-Camp Counselor Position
Lake Forest Open Lands is hiring counselors for its summer Center for Conservation Leadership program, a summer experiential education program for 16-18 high school students.

Counselors supervise and guide students in a three-week summer residential camp experience focused on leadership, conservation, and environmental issues at various venues in northern Wisconsin.

This is a 4 week commitment during June, 2015. Specific dates to be determined.
Counselors oversee the students in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, wildlife monitoring, fishing, biking, camping, high and low ropes courses.  Counselors support instructors in leadership and team building and oversee residential life of students.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, able to swim and must have:
  • Experience and interest in outdoor activities and environmental education; 
  • Camp experience;
  • Experience and interest in supervising and leading teen-aged students;
  • A valid driver’s license;
  • First Aid and CPR certification.
Lifeguarding and water safety certification are encouraged.
For more information for the 2015 position, please contact Susie Hoffmann
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