Keeping It Green at Oakton

Your source for the most current sustainability news from Oakton Community College

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Alternative Spring Break 2015, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

In Spring 2015, the Forest Preserves of Cook County will offer two Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Opportunities to college/university students. We are looking for your help to get the word out.

Alternative Spring Break Land Management Crew Volunteer – Spring 2015

Spend your spring break gaining valuable experience and learning skills in the oldest and largest Forest Preserve in the nation. The Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) create an emerald jewel around the City of Chicago comprised of 69,000 acres of a variety of ecosystems. Learn about how the FPCC manages these valuable natural resources, the tools used to do the job and ways we are adapting to environmental changes in a highly urbanized environment. Typical work days include: invasive species removal, brush pile burning, tree care and removal, herbicide application, prescription burning and other general land management responsibilities. Click the direct link to learn more and to apply: Alternative Spring Break Land Management Crew Volunteer – 2015

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Green Job Postings!

New Green Jobs:

A Temporary Tractor Operator is being advertised on USAJobs.  This position will work on the resource management project as a tractor operator for the next year.  Randy Knutson is managing this project.

Please share with those you think might be interested in applying.
OPENS:  08/18/2014
CLOSES:  08/29/2014
Here is the link to apply:
Stewardship Director Job Announcement for the Shirley
Heinze Land Trust
The Stewardship Director is responsible for monitoring compliance on conservation easements and planning and implementing ecological restoration and management on land trust-owned properties that feature a range of habitats including prairie, savanna, wetlands, dunes and forest.  Incumbent will develop budgets and proposals, secure grant funding, document work performed, engage partners and oversee staff, volunteers and contractors.
Excellent organizational and communication skills are a must, as is the ability to manage several projects concurrently. Duties also include working with board members and committees, assisting with education and outreach events and cultivating donors.
Minimum requirements include Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences, Biology, Environmental Science or similar, experience in ecological restoration, project management, and coordinating and supervising work crews.
Experience working for a land trust or similar conservation organization preferred.
See Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s website at for the full job announcement.
To apply, send resume, letter of interest, references, and salary requirements to
Executive Director Kris Krouse at

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Welcome to “Keeping it Green”!

Oakton Community College is committed to “green” practices: sustainability is a key component of the College’s Strategic Plan. Sustainable practices and behaviors strive to meet current needs without compromising the needs of future generations. From its buildings and grounds to academic offerings, student activities, and “green” management practices, Oakton is constantly aware of its responsibility to preserve and protect natural resources and the planet.

Welcome to our newest resource for keeping you up to date with the latest sustainability initiatives at Oakton Community College and the surrounding communities. Whether you are an Oakton student, employee or community member, we hope you will find this blog to be a useful resource for campus sustainability initiatives and all things green!