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Environmental Education Fellow
This position has been filled.  Please contact us next Winter regarding 2016 opportunities. 
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 Education 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 Education 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.
  • 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 2016 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
This position has been filled.  Please contact us next Winter regarding 2016 opportunities. 
Each year, Lake Forest Open Lands hires 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 8th through July 31st, 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 
This position has been filled.  Please contact us next Winter regarding 2016 opportunities. 
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 Residential Counselor
This position has been filled.  Please contact us next Winter regarding 2016 opportunities. 
The Residential Counselor is a summer position from June 4, 2015 – June 30, 2015. 
Job Description
The Residential Counselor (RC) works closely with the Program Director to deliver all aspects of the CCL summer programs for students aged 13 - 15.  The RC is expected to be a visible, active, positive and accessible presence throughout the program. 

During the summer program, the RC accompanies the students on all overnight trips, specifically on the three week summer experience (June) to northern Wisconsin for the first year certificate program. Transportation, housing and food are provided throughout the program. Job responsibilities include:
Support and supervision of students;  
Coordination of  communication with the students, student supervisors and families during the program; 
Responsibility for the primary care, health and safety of all students;
Participation in all recreational and instructional activities;
Integration of program with host organizations;
Coordination of  all instructional and recreational materials for program;
Evaluation of the program through observation, survey and journaling;
Transportation and drives vehicles when necessary;
Coordination of  all food and other “on the road” needs;
Adheres to and oversees budget.

Program Description
CCL is a collaborative effort among select conservation organizations, and coordinated by Lake Forest Open Lands Association to educate and develop the next generation of conservation leaders.  The program combines environmental education, community service, mentoring and internships through an in-depth yet flexible multi-year opportunity for middle and high school students.  

Participation in CCL begins with a three week summer practicum focused on building an understanding of, and a respect for, the natural world.  These first year participants enhance personal leadership skills while coming together to learn and share a passion for the environment. While CCL is based at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest, IL, this is an overnight camp-like experience in northern Wisconsin.

Up to twenty racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse 8th and 9th grade students from northeast Lake County, IL are selected to participate.  The program is selective and interested students complete an application and interview and must be recommended by teachers, school administrators, counselors, partner environmental organizations, youth or church group leaders.

About the Organization
CCL is an affiliate of Lake Forest Open Lands Association which is dedicated to conserving our natural environment through land acquisition, habitat restoration, environmental education and conservation advocacy. This non-profit organization is supported completely by voluntary contributions, including membership dues and donations.  Considered a leader among land trusts, Lake Forest Open Lands Association often serves as a resource to other emerging conservation groups in communities nationwide.

Lake Forest Open Lands Association believes environmental education plays a key role in building community support for the long tem commitment required to protect, restore and maintain threatened native ecosystems and open space. Our programs provide an outdoor experience to reinforce classroom teachings and science curriculum.  In addition to school programming, Lake Forest Open Lands Association offers a vibrant selection of after-school, summer camp as well as fully underwritten educational programming to underserved youth populations in Lake County.

Strong knowledge of the theory, practices and techniques of environmental education as well as interpretation, outdoor skills, ecological concepts and land stewardship. Working knowledge of local flora and fauna.
Demonstrated ability to establish a positive presence and rapport working with middle and high school aged students.
Residential life, camp counseling experience;
Supervisory or leadership experience;
Strong presentation and communication skills.  Comfortable with presenting programs in formal, informal and outdoor settings.
Valid driver’s license and ability to drive to various work sites.
Certification in Red Cross, CPR and First Aid.
Flexibility, positive attitude, desire to work with teen-agers, ability to work long hours. Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 40-50 pounds.

Salary: $2,200 - $2,600 depending on experience.
For more information for the 2015 position, please contact Susie Hoffmann
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