Resources

Find jobs with our member organizations and partners.  Click on the link to read job descriptions and how to apply.  All job applications must be made through the posting organization or partner.  

 

Full Time positions

 

IFSC Organization: Midwest Materials Management

Sales Position 

Midwest Companies, Gilberts, IL

Description preview: Midwest Companies is currently seeking a full time sales professional with abilities to cross sell other service lines of business as well. This position will be based out of our Gilberts, Illinois location with time split between working in various locations and making agricultural calls to customers. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, outgoing & goal-oriented and enjoy being part of a growing industry.  Read more...

 

Part Time positions

There are no open positions at this time

 

Internships

IFSC Organization: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Affirmative Action Intern  

Chicago, Illinois

Posted 5/10/18

Descrption preview: The prospective intern will work under the direct supervision on the Diversity Administrator to assist with duties related to creating an electronic database designed to gather, organize, and extract disparity reports to assess companies that currently conduct business with the District.  Read more...

 

IFSC Organization: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Maintenance & Operations Contracts & Administration Intern

Chicago, Illinois

Posted 5/10/18

Description Preview: The intern will work with a Managing Civil Engineer to assist the M&O department’s engineering and administration staff in the preparation of documents related to regulatory reporting; the preparation of technical report reviews; and the preparation and distribution of District contracts.  Read more...

 

IFSC Organization: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Maintenance & Operations Critical Assets Intern

Schaumburg, Illinois

Posted 5/10/18

Description Preview: The prospective intern will assist with duties related to the maintenance of critical mechanical and electrical assets in our North Side Service Area. These critical assets include pumps, motors, switchgear, transformers, boilers, emergency generators, instruments etc. The assessment duties will include review of the preventive maintenance schedule and corrective maintenance records to evaluate prospective measures for corrective and preventive maintenance on these assets and making recommendations for better reliability.  Read more...

 

IFSC Organization: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Maintenance & Operations Project Management Intern

Cicero, Illinois

Posted 5/10/18

Description Preview: The prospective intern will gain a basic understanding of the wastewater treatment process and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems used throughout the facility. The intern will learn the difference between corrective, predictive and preventive work orders while becoming knowledgeable about the reason for each, become familiar with the Computer Maintenance Management System software, and assist in creating and planning duties.  Read more...

 

IFSC Organization: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Monitoring & Research Joint Pilot Study with ISU and ISTC Intern

Skokie and Stickney, Illinois

Posted 5/10/18

Description Preview: The intern will have the opportunity to work with research based studies on recovering nutrients from wastewater using algae based technologies being piloted at O’Brien WRP in collaboration with Iowa State University (ISU) and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). Duties include day to day operation of pilot systems; sampling of influent/effluent and algal biomass; and sample preparation and submission for analysis.  Read more...

 

 

The following resources are meant for use by local governments interested in implementing special collections (e.g. pumpkin collections), curbside composting services, or other programs.

Pumpkin Collection Guide

Significant progress has been made in our state to facilitate collections of food scraps for composting. Illinois House Bill 437 – Organic Composting drop offs was signed into law by Governor Rauner in July 2015 allowing temporary and permanent sites to collect organics for composting. Thanks to this success, pumpkin collection can continue with the support of the Illinois government.

Why compost pumpkins?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water.
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane gas.  
This Pumpkin Collection Guide was created by SCARCE to help city administrators organize and hold a one-day pumpkin collection event after Halloween to collect Jack-o-Lanterns from residents. Contact SCARCE to get involved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630-545-9710.
 
Topics touched on in the Pumpkin Collection Guide include:
  • Event Coordination: Approval, Haulers, Pick-up
  • Promotion
  • Staffing & Volunteers
  • Day of the Event
  • Event Follow Up
  • IEPA Guidelines
  • Pumpkin Facts

Additional materials can be downloaded here: Full-page Flyer, Half-page Flyer, Mini Trick-or-Treat Flyers

Community Pumpkin Collections in Illinois

Please see this list of communitites participating on November 5th, 2016, on SCARCE's website.

Download this list of IL Communities which have hosted pumpkin collections in the past. If your community is interested in starting a new pumpkin collection, you might consider reaching out to nearby communities that have already done one for advice or lessons learned. Or perhaps you could combine your efforts with a neighboring town for efficiency.

This list will be updates at least once per year, in November, though revisions may take place more frequently based on suggestions received. Send suggested revisions to illinoiscomposts(at)gmail.com.

Curbside Collection Resources

Curbside Composting = Food Recycling. This post from the IFSC blog highlights the residential composting program in Glen Ellyn, IL, a community in DuPage County. 

 

 

IFSC would like to be a source for all events related to food scraps. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional events to add. 

Significant progress has been made in our state to facilitate collections of food scraps for composting. Illinois House Bill 437 – Organic Composting drop offs was signed into law by Governor Rauner on July 10th allowing temporary and permanent sites to collect organics for composting. Thanks to this success, pumpkin collection can continue with the support of the Illinois government.

Why compost pumpkins?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water.
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane gas.  
This Pumpkin Collection Guide was created to help city administrators organize and hold a one-day pumpkin collection event after Halloween to collect Jack-o-Lanterns from residents. The guide also includes:
  • Intro letter Mini-fliers (8/sheet)
  • Half sheet & full sheet sample fliers
  • Pumpkin Factsheet
  • IEPA permit application
  • IEPA Conditions for One-Day Pumpkin collection events

Topics touched on in the Pumpkin Collection Guide include:

  • Event Coordination: Permits, Haulers, Pick-up
  • Promotion
  • Staffing & Volunteers
  • Day of the Event
  • Event Follow Up

Download the Pumpkin Collection Guide, a collection of documents created by SCARCE in facilitating one-day pumpkin collection for the County of Dupage. 

What Is Compost?
Composting is nature’s way of recycling.

Composting converts organic materials, including food scraps (like fruits and vegetables) and yard waste trimmings (like leaves, grass and small tree branches) into a dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner, thereby preserving valuable nutrient-rich organic resources.

Composting can save money by lowering disposal costs and replacing store-bought fertilizers.

Compost also saves water by helping the soil hold moisture, reducing water runoff.

Composting can make a significant contribution to achieving waste reduction goals, especially if organic waste comprises a large proportion of your waste stream.  

Composting provides businesses and institutions with a method to dispose of a large portion of these waste streams in a way that benefits their bottom line and the environment. 

Vermicomposting is the use of worms to transform organic scraps into compost. See Cornell Univeristy's Vermicompost Research page and the University of Illinois Extension's the Adventures of Herman for more information.

What Are the Benefits to Composting?

  • Markets your business/ institution as environmentally conscious.
  • Markets your business/institution as one that assists local farmers and the community.
  • Educates consumers on the benefits of food waste composting.
  • Educates students about being better environmental stewards.
  • Appeals to ecologically-minded current employees and future hires.
  • Reduces the need for more landfill space
  • Reduces methane generated from food decomposing anaerobically in a landfill.
  • Ends wasting large quantities of recyclable, raw ingredients.
  • Potential to reduce solid waste disposal fees and save money on purchasing finished compost.

 

For more information on compost and its benefits, see "Compost--What is It?" from CalRecycle.

 

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