LEAF Mentor Job Listing at The Nature Conservancy in Chicago, IL
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
The Nature Conservancys LEAF Program is a nationally recognized partnership effort to combine environmental curriculum in the classroom with real-world conservation work experience for urban youth. The mission of the LEAF Program is to empower the next generation of conservation leaders.
The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Program (LEAF) is a monthlong internship which provides students from Environmental High Schools with the opportunity to work alongside The Nature Conservancy staff on fieldbased projects. The mentors two primary responsibilities are: to serve as the liaison between Nature Conservancy staff and high school students participating in the program; and to help the students make the most out of their experiences. For the duration of the program mentors are required to live with the students at Conservancy provided housing and are responsible for building a cohesive team, facilitating communication and managing disciplinary issues, working with Nature Conservancy staff on any issues when necessary. Mentors and students assist Nature Conservancy staff in various site management projects (i.e. trail maintenance, habitat management, exotic species control, ecological monitoring, etc.) at chapter preserves and ecologically significant sites in one of over 20 states across the country. In addition teams may be required to work in the chapter office and with other Nature Conservancy staff. Mentors serve as the go between with students and The Nature Conservancy, explaining various tasks, motivating students and facilitating communication amongst the team. Mentors are expected to serve as role models, taking an active part in work and activities that students and Nature Conservancy staff perform. Mentors are given one day off each week that will be coordinated with sitebased staff. Mentors must be present for all evenings (including days off) and are required to work all weekendsshould
Mentor is responsible for organizing team activities, budget, equipment, required forms and evaluations. Mentor must submit receipts and reconciliation documentation for team budget. Mentor is also responsible for collecting forms, journals, evaluations, photos and videos from interns and submitting all documents and files to Coordinator prior to end of Season.
This position requires a valid drivers license and compliance with the Conservancys Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancyowned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered a high risk driver. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which will include a review of the prospective employees motor vehicle record. For rental car purposes, it is preferred that candidates be at least 25 years of age. Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at nature.org/careers.
This position also requires satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Candidates offered positions will be provided with an electronic authorization form and employment will be contingent upon the results of a background check.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.
June 24 - July 29, 2013
BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITIONS
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
$3,900totalfor thefiveweekperiod, which is paid on a biweeklyschedule. Travelis required and paid by The NatureConservancy,including rentalcar,lodging, firstaid training, and stipend for group meals,travel,and recreation.
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