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Forest Preserve District of Cook County: Wealth of Opportunities

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Oakton Community College’s campus are set within and adjacent to Forest Preserves in the District of Cook County.  From the Skokie Lagoons to the Kloempken Prairie, there are opportunities to access many of the sites for each of our students and community members. The organization is an important part of our community and of the greater goals of conservation, land management, and environmental education. We are privileged to have such a large network of natural landscapes in our region which include old oak forests, prairies, riverine ecosystems, wetlands, and so much more. These ecosystems and habitats are central to our understanding and conservation of the region’s natural history….plus, they provide countless opportunities for FUN in nature! Aside from the preserves themselves–the FPDCC is home to Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society) and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Both of which offer their own educational, internship and job opportunities (more to come on those in separate posts!). As a District, they are committed to sustainability in daily practices and operations–and the concept is paramount to success.

The FPDCC provides amazing ways to get yourself started on a career in the environment and offers WEALTH of opportunities for you to enjoy natural spaces, volunteer in different preserves and with special projects, take part in their alternative spring breakintern with their staff or become employed! The FPDCC is currently looking for FPCC_Deputy Director of Resource Management_v1. Take a look and see what skills, experience, education and other requirements you need for a position such as this one. Then, start building your own career path by identifying opportunities that mirror those requested. Who knows, maybe you can be part of the future leadership of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County! In the meantime, make sure to visit online and in person to start your connection to our local lands today!



Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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