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Student Worker Wanted! Sustainability Research at Oakton Community College!

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We are excited to announce a new position available to students at Oakton Community College! You must be currently registered for at least THREE credit hours in order to be eligible. Please follow the guidelines below in order to apply:

The position description and all other current opportunities are displayed in binders in Career Services on the Des Plaines Campus and in the Enrollment Center on the Skokie Campus.

You can also view student employee openings at after creating an Access ID and a Password.
Select Search for Jobs/Opportunities Posted to My School.
In Job Location select On Campus.  Click on Begin Search and look for “Student Worker: Sustainability Research”.

Position description is below:

Specific Skills/Aptitudes: Students with intended major and career goals which encompass sustainability, green technology, or related field are preferred. Candidates should:

-Express passion for occupations that are affected by activities such as conserving energy, developing alternative energy, reducing pollution and recycling.

-Have a demonstrated proficiency with Excel, willingness to learn how to use data tracking software and be adept at using the internet to conduct research.

-Communication skills, both verbal and written, are important for this position as it will require individuals be resourceful and comfortable engaging Oakton staff, college personnel from other schools, and fellow students in conversation.

Essential Duties and Functions: The Student Researcher in Sustainability will assist Oakton’s Sustainability Team and Green Committee in projects that support our sustainability goals and green initiatives. Projects will vary by term, but all will relate to Oakton’s efforts in improving the sustainability of our campuses and its operations. Potential projects include: Tracking energy consumption of various appliances throughout the College and creating a report regarding usage, assisting staff with waste reduction goals through educational messaging and trash assessment, researching and reporting on best practices of colleges and universities regarding sustainability, entering project data into appropriate programs. Though the majority of tasks will involve a standard office environment, the ideal candidate should be open to “getting dirty” with occasional outdoor activities, sorting and identifying waste, etc.

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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