Employment Opportunities

RainReady Project Manager

CNT is seeking a project manager with strong outreach skills to lead our RainReady Neighbors initiative. RainReady helps people manage flooding and drought in a time of climate change. RainReady solutions are pursued at multiple scales, the home, the street, the neighborhood, and the community. We prioritize sustainable solutions that bring broader benefits for communities.

RainReady Neighbors is a first-of-its-kind service to engage owners and residents of neighboring properties to improve localized water management. With an initial focus on flood relief in the Chicago region, the RainReady Project Manager will work with community members, agency partners, and job training programs to design and test the service. Solutions may include residential downspout disconnection, drywells, rain gardens, and tree plantings. The program seeks to bridge a critical gap between flood reduction measures implemented at the level of the individual property and city-wide solutions.

Accountability

The RainReady Project Manager will report directly to the Water Program Director and collaborate closely with other CNT staff on operations and production activities.

Responsibilities

The RainReady Project Manager will work closely with the RainReady team to implement a neighborhood-scale flood relief and stormwater management program and advocate for widespread implementation. The Project Manager will also contribute to RainReady research and leadership in the region and nationally.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the implementation of a new service to deliver localized flood mitigation strategies across a target neighborhood
  • Engage flood victims, community groups, political leaders, technical experts, construction specialists and housing experts to develop an integrated program
  • Work with technical experts to create menu of design options for residential downspout disconnection and other solutions
  • Create outreach strategy to reach property owners in target communities and coordinate construction, maintenance, and monitoring of installations
  • Educate local leaders in support of neighborhood-scale flood reduction measures
  • Plan and manage outreach events, including volunteer coordination
  • Support regional partnerships and funding opportunities
  • Team support: participating in the activities of the wider RainReady team, from meeting with policy makers to attending community mapping workshops. Your work will support policy development, data analysis, risk modelling, the development of accreditation standards, workforce development, and the development of communication and outreach materials (such as factsheets, videos and photos).

Evening and weekend work will sometimes be necessary.

Skills and qualifications

  • Experience in outreach to under-resourced populations
  • Communications, in particular, working with clients, residents, public works officials, academics and other stakeholders. You must have good workshop presentation skills
  • Exceptional organizational and coordination skills; demonstrated attention to detail
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, ideally in urban planning, landscape design, environmental studies, community studies, or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable community development and mission-based organizations
  • Strong writing skills
  • Valid driver’s license and legally be able to drive in the state of Illinois. Company vehicle is provided for work-related travel.

Desirable

  • Organizing experience in Chicago’s south side or west side
  • Knowledge and expertise in stormwater management, flood mitigation strategies and/or green infrastructure best management practices, including landscape architecture skills
  • Experience developing research protocols
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Illustration skills
  • Salesforce proficiency

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:
Center for Neighborhood Technology

Human Resources - RRH
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Email to: Careers@cnt.org

No phone calls please.

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RainReady Community Associate

CNT is seeking an experienced and qualified project associate to assist with our RainReady Community initiative. RainReady is a program that helps individual property owners and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water. We help people who find their lives disrupted by flooding or water shortages to come together to adopt RainReady practices and policies. Our current focus is on mitigating the impacts of urban flooding in the Chicago region.

RainReady Community is a first-of-its-kind community planning program for neighborhoods and municipalities affected by flooding, complete with a risk assessment led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, solution mapping, and implementation support. RainReady solutions are pursued at multiple scales, the home, the street, the neighborhood, and the community. We prioritize green infrastructure solutions that bring broader benefits for long-term community resilience.

Accountability

The RainReady Project Associate will report directly to the RainReady Community Manager, and collaborate closely with other CNT staff on operations and production activities.

Responsibilities

The Project Associate will work closely with the RainReady team to implement flood resilience programs in target communities, and to expand our outreach and impact in the region and nationally. Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee community flood risk assessment in order to identify high priority areas for investment
  • Author RainReady Community Plans, incorporating risk data, planning priorities, and best practice in green infrastructure investment, as well as the diverse input of municipal partners, nonprofit allies, and resident steering committees
  • Coordinate workshop series for residents, businesses, and community groups to reduce flood risk using low-cost green infrastructure strategies
  • Plan and manage community outreach events
  • Develop curriculum to increase municipal capacity for flood resilience
  • Support regional partnerships and funding opportunities
  • Team support: participating in the activities of the wider RainReady team, from meeting with policy makers to attending community mapping workshops. Your work will support policy development, data analysis, risk modelling, the development of accreditation standards, workforce development, and the development of communication and outreach materials (such as factsheets, videos and photos).

Evening and weekend work will sometimes be necessary.

Skills and qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, landscape design, engineering, public administration, or related field
  • Experience in community planning and stormwater management
  • Exceptional organizational and coordination skills
  • Strong interest in sustainable community development and mission-based organizations.
  • A demonstrated attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • Valid driver’s license and legally be able to drive in the state of Illinois. Company vehicle is provided for work-related travel.
  • Knowledge and expertise in the use of flood mitigation strategies and/or green infrastructure best management practices - within the public rights-of-way, on public land and on private property.
  • Analytical skills, e.g. the ability to develop analytical strategies/risk models
  • Communications, in particular, working with clients, residents, public works officials, academics and other stakeholders. You must have good workshop presentation skills.

Desirable

  • Knowledge and experience working with stormwater management tools including flow dynamics, hydrological mapping, LIDAR data and topography maps, and sewer maps and models.
  • Landscape design and/or illustration skills
  • Proficiency using industry-standard design and communications software

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:
Center for Neighborhood Technology

Human Resources - RRH
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Email to: Careers@cnt.org

No phone calls please.

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Internship Opportunities

CNT welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:

  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects

Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.

CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.

CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.

Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.

Unless specified below, please contact Stephen Perkins at steve@cnt.orgto discuss opportunities.

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Communications Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support the communications team.  Working with the Communications Director on projects that span internal and external communications, the Communications Intern will directly support CNT’s outreach efforts and contribute to CNT’s expansion of its influence.

Responsibilities

As a Communications Intern, you will help CNT market its message, and help turn those interested into supporters of the organization.

  • Creating materials for outreach events and for online communications
  • Editing documents for funders and for media outlets
  • Provide social media support 
  • Supporting special events activities
  • Adding value to all our efforts based on your experience, desires, and skills

We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to take direction, complete projects—and challenge our own assumptions and goals with bigger, better, brighter ideas. Interns should be comfortable working in a fast-moving, innovative, fun environment.  As a member of a small team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about CNT’s efforts to create resilient cities and communities. You’ll be exposed to senior leadership, and exciting ideas. You will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.  This is a chance for you to learn, and to begin creating your career path.

Internships are unpaid.  We look for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week – ideally longer.  Caffeine available in steady high doses as needed.

Contact Steve Perkins, Senior Vice President, CNT, at steve@cnt.org with inquiries.

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RainReady Interns

CNT seeks interns to support our national RainReady initiative. Rain Ready helps individuals and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water within the context of global climate change. Launched in July 2014, the program is expanding rapidly to communities in the Chicago region and beyond.

Qualifications/Skills

We are looking for multiple interns who are confident self-starters. We particularly welcome skills in:

  • Community planning, facilitation and public engagement strategies
  • Economic analysis
  • Engineering and landscape design
  • Writing/photography/film
  • IT, including PowerPoint, Excel, photo editing, GIS, etc.
  • Work planning and project management

Responsibilities

You will help us expand the program. Activities will be wide-ranging, including:

  • Creating online guidance and materials (such as factsheetsvideos and photos)
  • Carrying out economic analysis and developing risk models
  • Conducting online and telephone property surveys and analysis
  • Facilitating community events
  • Preparing community maps and other outreach materials
  • Expanding our social media outreach

Requirements

Internships are unpaid and you would need to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week – ideally longer. We are looking for people who are available to start work immediately.

Benefits

The work environment is fast-moving, innovative, and fun. As a member of a small and diverse team, you will have the chance to experience and learn about our innovative approach to promoting change – from legislation to tools and support to demonstration. You will be provided with a desk and computer and will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.

How to Apply

Please send your resume to Harriet Festing, Director of CNT’s Water Program, at hfesting@cnt.org.