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Organization: KEEN Chicago (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)
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Experienced Salesforce Developer

Organization: Culinary Care
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 113 N Green St, Chicago...




Saturday Program Volunteer

Organization: The Center for Enriched Living
Dates: Jan 01, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017
Location: 280 Saund...




Office Assistance - Great Burr Ridge Location - Welcome to the team!

Organization: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care- Illinois
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
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Assist Transitioning Adults- Various Skills Needed!

Organization: AARP RSVP
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 3300 W. Carroll, Chicago, I...




BEDSIDE MAGIC - PARK RIDGE: ADVOCATE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - Bring joy and magi...

Organization: Open Heart Magic
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Organization: Open Heart Magic
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BEDSIDE MAGIC - HYDE PARK: U OF CHICAGO COMER CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - Bring joy...

Organization: Open Heart Magic
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Program Facilitator For Teen Girl Program

Organization: In Her Shoes Foundation
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 155 N. Michig...




Advisory Committee Member

Organization: AWOFINC
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: A Work of Faith Ministries, I...




Friendly Office Volunteer

Organization: Comfort Hospice
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave...




Senior Life - (Fridays)

Organization: Ingalls Hospital
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: One Ingalls Drive, H...




American Indian Organization Needs Graphic Designer

Organization: American Indian Association of Illinois
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
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*NEW* Volunteer to be a Coach in Berwyn with Girls on the Run!

Organization: Girls on the Run - Chicago
Dates: Mar 01, 2017 - May 31, 2018
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SHN Referral Program Onboarding Volunteer

Organization: The Safe Haven Network
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: Chicago, Chica...




Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Organization: Metropolitan Tenants Organization
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Location: 172...




Wednesday Evening Program Volunteer

Organization: The Center for Enriched Living
Dates: Jan 11, 2017 - Mar 22, 2017
Location: 280 Saund...




Leadership Team

Organization: StandUp For Kids - Chicago, IL
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: Chicag...




Host an Exchange Student!

Organization: EF Foundation for Foreign Study (effoundation.org)
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Virtual Reality: the next generation of gaming is here

Organization: Triple Threat Mentoring
Dates: Oct 01, 2016 - Apr 01, 2017
Location: 6311 S Calumet A...




JENNIFER BROWNING
Executive Director
Biodiversity Project
• Acquire a good background in environmental issues and the science behind them. Consider enrolling in biology and ecology classes.
• Take writing classes. Non-profits need grant writing, newsletter production and communications experts.
• DePaul University offers a masters degree in non-profit management, and the Illinois Institute of Technologies has a well regarded masters degree in environmental studies.
The Biodiversity project develops communications plans for environmental organizations through public opinion research, strategic planning and creative tactics. As executive director of the Biodiversity Project, Jennifer Browning is an expert in the area of environmental communications strategy, a vital skill for all environmental organizations that depend on public funding and public awareness.

Jennifer highlighted the importance of a good background in environmental science for a career in environmental communications. A technical understanding of how watersheds work or the science behind global warming can be helpful in a career with an organization like the Biodiversity project. Writing skills are also invaluable in a communications career, so any completed study in English, public relations, or marketing classes that require writing should be included in a job applicant's resume.

The Biodiversity Project is one of many important government, non-profit, and private industry green organizations in Chicago. Outgoing mayor Richard Daily made green jobs a priority for Chicago city government and Chicago has several innovative green programs.

Emerging professionals can further their training at the Center for Green Technologies, which has a variety of educational and volunteer opportunities.

For green professionals looking to network, the organization Chicago Wilderness has an extensive list of member organizations.
BEN HELPHAND
Executive Director
NeighborSpace
• Volunteer in a non-profit or environmental organization.
• Be your own advocate. Don't wait for things to come to you.
• Consider taking classes in managing non-profits, community organizing, environmental organizing, and communications (speaking and writing).
NeighborSpace, in Chicago, Illinois, is a unique type of land trust that concentrates their efforts on helping community groups protect urban parks and gardens. NeighborSpace's projects require much more community organizing than traditional land trusts. Ben Helphand, NeighborSpace's executive director, leads organizational support for 76 new gardens or parks and three to seven new projects per year. NeighborSpace works closely with the city of Chicago and several public and private groups to facilitate this effort.

Ben's best advice is to "be you own advocate". Green organizations such as NeighborSpace often find new employees through internships or volunteer positions. Just applying to jobs through job boards may not be enough. A good educational background in environmental science along with writing, speaking and communication skills provide a background for work in community organizing, but getting out there to volunteer and network will probably be the difference between success and failure.
PETER GRAY
Communications Associate
Environmental Law And Policy Center
• Environmental Law and Policy Center co-sponsors the annual Growing the Green Economy Conference, an event where professionals can network with lawyers, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers about development, finance, and policy issues concerning how to build renewable energy in the region.
• Emerging professionals looking to build their experience working on policy issues can apply for an internship with Environmental Law and Policy Center. Internships are available for those with legal, communications, and environmental science specializations as well.
• Environmental Law and Policy Center maintains a jobs board that is regularly updated at their website: www.elpc.org.
Environmental Law and Policy Center has an 18 year track record of success protecting natural resources and promoting clean energy and smart transportation. A July 2011 study released by Environmental Law and Policy Center found that 13 major clean energy companies are located in the Chicago area, with 300 clean energy companies overall employing 18,000 workers. "We're showing that green jobs and renewable energy are creating real economic growth," said Communications Associate Peter Gray. Although many grassroots organizations are located in Chicago, many of them national, Gray noted that Environmental Law and Policy Center is unique in that it is one of the larger organizations with a regional focus. The organization partnered with the City of Chicago in creating the Chicago Climate Action Plan, and has partnered with local groups like the Chicago Clean Power Coalition to promote the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, which would reduce power plant soot pollution by 90 percent and carbon emissions by 25 percent. On the regional level, Environmental Law and Policy Center advocates for policies that support clean energy development, reduce pollution and protect natural resources. ELPC successfully advocated for a 2010 solar energy carve-out that will strengthen Illinois's renewable energy portfolio standard. The organization is also working to promote a bill at the national level for a wind production tax credit as well as working to upholdthe Environmental Protection Agency's ability to reduce air pollution from industry and utilities. Environmental Law and Policy Center's work with the renewable energy community through events like Growing the Green Economy have been a boon to the green economy, with Chicago being one of the top markets with potential for green job growth.
STEPHANIE ADAMS
Communications Director
Prairie Rivers Network
• The school you attend matters less than volunteer and internship opportunities.
• Scientists with good communications skills are in high demand with organizations like Prairie Rivers Network.
• Any number of backgrounds, including biology, law, political science, graphic design, and communications can lead to a career in an organization such as Prairie Rivers Network.
Prairie Rivers Network is an environmental non-profit that helps community groups and individuals protect the rivers, streams, and watershed communities of Illinois. As the Communications and Development Director, Stephanie helps the organization communicate with the public about important environmental issues, such as controlling the runoff from coal or agricultural industries and stopping dangerous evasive species such as Asian Carp.

Prairie Rivers Network hires employees from a wide variety of backgrounds: Attorneys are needed to enforce the laws that protect people and the environment. Scientists, including biologists, ecologists, and wildlife biologists conduct tests, evaluate the strengthens of the standards, and research alternative technology and practices. Communications experts such as Stephanie Adams manage communications with the media and public.
ROB SISSON
President
Republicans For Environmental Protection
• Working as a staffer in a political organization is a good place to get into environmental politics.
• All members of congress employ an environmental legislative assistant.
• You can work on sustainability inside corporations. Look for positions as Corporate Responsibility Officers or Sustainability Officers.
Republicans for Environmental Protection is an organization dedicate to restoring the GOP's great conservation legacy. Rob cites several environmental Republican presidents who established milestones in our nation. Abraham Lincoln protected Yosemite. Ulysses S. Grant created Yellowstone, the first national park. Theodore Roosevelt championed conservation by designating 150 National Forests and five national parks. Even conservative icon Ronald Reagan ratified the Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone Layer. Rob's expertise is in Republican environmental politics but his advice could just as easily translate to the Democratic Party. While any college major can lead to a career in politics, law degrees are very common and any classes in environmental science would also be helpful. Look for entry level positions as political staffers, at think tanks, or in foundations.
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