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Great Lakes Action Day (GLAD) Facilitator
Title:Great Lakes Action Day (GLAD) Facilitator
Department:Conservation Partnerships and Programs


This is a part-time, seasonal position that is responsible for facilitating Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD) program, which connects the public with conservation work that benefits the health of local ecosystems. GLADs incorporate a variety of activities, including beach cleanups, habitat and wildlife monitoring, invasive plant removal, native plant restoration and other similar projects. The facilitator will be responsible for organizing program supplies, communicating with GLAD volunteers and site partners, and leading GLAD events.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values.

  • Program Administration & Support

    • Provide administrative support to Stewardship Specialist through program planning and registration. As needed, deliver pre-program communications and answer questions from potential participants on behalf of the Conservation Partnerships & Programs (CPP) team.

    • Assist Stewardship Specialist in tracking all waivers and metrics for achieving stewardship goals and communicate metrics to partner organizations as needed.

    • Prepare and organize program supplies, coordinate ground transportation and maintain careful tracking of all expenses.

    • Support collaborative efforts with other Shedd departments, including the Corporate Relations, Learning, and Guest Engagement teams.

    • Represent Shedd’s CPP programs for internal and external audiences.

  • Program Facilitation

    • Facilitate and independently lead GLAD events, including beach clean-ups and habitat restoration workdays.

    • Work directly with staff to execute program operations, including supply management and logistics, program set-up and breakdown, driving a Shedd vehicle to program locations, activity instruction, and participant monitoring.

    • Ensure best practices and safety protocols are followed at all times during workdays to ensure fun and safe GLAD experience.

    • Foster Shedd’s relationships with key external stakeholders including corporate groups, partner organizations and Shedd supporters.

  • Communications

    • As needed, create compelling content for Shedd’s blog and social media channels.

    • Build expertise on Great Lakes issues, environmental conservation and habitat restoration, general sustainable practices, and other related topics.

    • Research and share latest news with the CPP team on these topics.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree preferred, preferably in the areas of conservation, science, education, non-profit management, or a related field.


  • Minimum of 2 years' successful experience with mission-driven project delivery, event planning, and/or business communications, preferably in a non-profit setting.  Preference for applicants with outdoor education experience.
Special Knowledge:
  • Experience in environmental conservation programming or stewardship work.
  • Experience with citizen science and/or outdoor volunteers a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle large workload in a fast-paced, collaborate environment.
  • Excellent written communication skills and a talent for planning and tracking data and activities.
  • Aware of current, local, national and international conservation issues with teh ability to effectively and clearly communication them to various audiences.
  • Awareness of Chicago region ecology a plus
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite.
Other Skills:
  • A love of the outdoors and working with people is a necessity!  Passionate about the environment.
  • Positive attitude and supportive to colleagues in a team-based environment.  Driven, highly organized self-starter.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and remain flexible and positive despite challenges (e.g.,weather conditions, changes in group size, etc.)
  • Appreciation for an strong attention to detail.
  • Poised, articulate professional with diplomacy, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.  A lifelong learner.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in natural areas with minimal amenities - including shelter - in all weather.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including early mooring, evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Must be able to walk/stand/sit for extended periods fo time.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and willingness to drive company vehicle in city, suburban, and rural settings.
  • Must be able to do heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.)

Preferred Skills:

  • Advanced wilderness/outdoor training a plus.

  • Technology experience beyond basic computer skills and willingness to learn new technologies.

  • A personal vehicle to travel to/from program sites is preferred but not required.


  • CPR and first aid certification is preferred, and Wilderness first aid certification is a plus.
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County Volunteer Workday Leadership Certification is a plus.
  • Current Illinois Pesticide Applicator or Operator license is a plus.
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