Rights-of-Way Ecology Internship, Spring 2017

The Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides comprehensive and cutting edge solutions for energy and environmental challenges in the institutional, industrial, and commercial sectors.  Rights-of-way are increasingly considered valuable habitat opportunities for wildlife, especially in light of steep declines in pollinator populations throughout the Midwest. The ERC facilitates the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, which provides expertise and resources to 160+ organizations, primarily from the transportation and utility sectors, interested in promoting pollinator habitat and healthy ecosystems in rights-of-way. The ecology intern will assist with outreach and engagement with the working group.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage updates to the online Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group Resources Page
    • Add new resources and tools to the online library as they become available.
    • Monitor engagement by working group participants, including via the online discussion board.
  • Assist with planning and hosting the semi-annual Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group meeting for 100+ transportation and utility organizations on UIC campus in April 2017 (exact date TBD)
    • Help develop and manage the meeting registration website.
    • Help compile meeting materials (agenda, attendee roster, etc.).
    • Provide logistical support on the day(s) of the meeting.
  • Assist with planning and hosting Pollinator Habitat in Practice webinar in February 2017.
    • Work with expert speakers to develop content and structure for webinar.
    • Manage webinar registration.
    • Provide logistical support during webinar.

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with website and/or discussion board development, i.e., WordPress or other.
  • Undergraduates from biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field are encouraged to register.

The ecology intern will be a member of the Sustainability Intern Cohort. The Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) is an initiative through the Office of Sustainability that offers hands-on learning experiences that help achieve the UIC Climate Commitments and sustainability within our core functions of teaching, research, and community service. The program consists of weekly seminars and field outings on a range of educational and skill building topics including: environmental and energy sustainability issues, cultural sustainability issues, institutional challenges and change management, campus structure and administration, campus sustainability programs and job readiness. The SIP requirements include: meeting weekly work plan goals, frequent meetings with project supervisor, attendance at weekly seminars and outings, blog posts and a final poster presentation.

This position requires up to 10 hrs/week during the spring term including time in the seminar. Students could receive internship credit hours (student must confirm with their academic advisor).