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Great Lakes Job Announcement


TITLE:				Project Coordinator

LOCATION:			Great Lakes Office, Chicago, Illinois

START DATE:		As soon as possible

CONTACT:			Elizabeth J. Cisar


The Project Coordinator will assume day-to-day responsibility for several of
The Conservation Fund's Great Lakes Programs.  In particular, the immediate
focus of the position will be on the Fund's work to demonstrate the benefits
of environmentally sensitive, conservation design in new residential and
commercial development.  The Coordinator will assist the Great Lakes Project
Director in initiating such development projects and will oversee several such
projects on a day-to day basis, with a particular emphasis on strengthening
partnerships with local developers, government officials and non-profit
organizations.   This position will be located in the Conservation Fund's
Chicago Office, and  will require extensive out-of-town travel.  Salary and
benefits commensurate with experience.


 Assist the Great Lakes Project Director in initiating environmentally
sensitive development projects in locations around the Great Lakes region.
 Coordinate local activities on development projects, including working with
developers to identify appropriate conservation designs and best management
practices for individual development sites.
 Work with local government officials, including planning and zoning boards,
township councils, health departments and representatives of state
environmental protection agencies to communicate the benefits of conservation

 Manage process of documenting economic and environmental benefits associated
with conservation design and best management practices, and communicate
progress and results of projects to funders and to the public.

 Assist Great Lakes Project Director with other projects and fundraising,
including attending meetings to explain Conservation Fund programs to current
and potential funders, and writing grant proposals. 


 Two or three years professional experience in real estate development, land
use regulation, or related field.  Candidates with experience in more than one
sector (government, non-profit, for-profit) preferred.

 Prior experience in day-to-day project management and supervision.

 Familiarity with watershed issues, particularly nonpoint pollution and the
relationship between land use and water quality.  Knowledge of basic elements
of urban nonpoint pollution and impacts of manmade structures a definite plus.

 Strong verbal and written communications skills.
 Proven success as a team builder and team member.

 Ability and willingness to travel extensively in the Great Lakes region.

The Conservation Fund is a national, non-profit land and water conservation
organization.  Since it was founded in 1985, the Fund has protected more than
1.5 Million acres of land.  The Conservation Fund creates partnerships with
the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to protect
our nation's natural resources.  

The Fund has had a significant presence in the Great Lakes Basin since 1995,
when it opened an office in Chicago.  With major two-year funding from the
Great Lakes Protection Fund, The Conservation Fund's Great Lakes office
pursued an ambitious basin-wide effort with the Council of Great Lakes
Governors to address nonpoint water pollution.  This effort, called the Great
Lakes Watershed Initiative, built on the work of the National Forum on
Nonpoint Source Pollution, which was convened by the Fund and its lead
partner, the National Geographic Society.  The Great Lakes Watershed
Initiative adapted many of the innovative solutions showcased in the National
Forum's work, and has helped to raise the visibility of the nonpoint issue.
We have launched a network of local projects addressing nonpoint source
pollution in urban and rapidly urbanizing areas in eight states and Canada. 

Send resume to:

Elizabeth J. Cisar
Great Lakes Project Director
The Conservation Fund
53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 1332
Chicago, IL 60604

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