Fellowship Opportunity: Environmental Education Naturalist Teaching Fellow – Forest Preserve District of Will County (Deadline: 04/30/15)

Forest Preserve District of Will County LogoJob Title: Environmental Education Naturalist Teaching Fellow
Company: Forest Preserve District of Will County
Location: Joliet, IL
Website: http://www.reconnectwithnature.org
Salary: $1320/month plus housing
Job Type: Paid Job

The Environmental Education Naturalist Teaching Fellowship is an 11 month term fellowship with the Forest Preserve District of Will County (Illinois). The fellowship is, by design, more than a seasonal position but a formal professional building program with mentoring, job shadowing, training and certifications, and performance evaluation. The fellowship provides on-site housing and a monthly stipend along with many hours of training and program experience. In addition, Fellows shadow conservation professionals working in various departments of the organization, complete a term project, and compile a professional portfolio during their term.

Fellow alumni have gone onto secure positions with high profile agencies including the The Nature Conservancy, Bradford Woods (IN), Lincoln Park Zoo, and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Attached you will find the recruitment piece and basic job description. The recruitment piece outlines job duties, requirements, compensation, and hiring timeline. A complete application packet consists of: cover letter, resume, completed questionnaire, college transcripts, and references. Contact Jessica Prince-Sharrar for the Fellow Recruitment Piece that includes the required questionnaire.

Application packets are being accepted, via U.S. mail, until April 30, 2015. We anticipate interviewing in May with a hire date of August 1, 2015.

Fellows develop, organize, and present educational and recreational programs, activities, exhibits, and special events. They also perform visitor services and interpret both the natural and cultural history of the area at each of the District’s interpretive facilities and throughout District preserves in order to best serve the public. This position is funded for a 48 week term for $1,320.00/month stipend. On-site housing is provided.


  • Stipend of $1,320/month
  • On-site housing. Includes appliances, furnishings, and essential utilities.
  • Opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, and administration.Variety of professional development trainings, workshops, and certifications.
  • Uniforms
  • One-year membership to the Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI)
  • Opportunity to shadow professionals in additional fields such as public relations, sponsorship, resource management, and law enforcement.
  • Participation in a formal mentor program.
  • Participation in professional development workshops in the areas of interpretation skills, education techniques, history of environmental education, and more.

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