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Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals–Student Career Seminar

Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals Student Career Seminar

January 30, 2016

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Take charge of your future career in the environmental professions by attending a free student career seminar presented by DePaul University and the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals. Today’s job market is very challenging, so you need to learn how to separate yourself from the crowd. You’ll have the chance to meet working professionals and hear about how you can prepare for your career. Also learn:
*How to network
*About the benefits of professional organizations
*About internships and their value
*How to build your resume
*How to improve your interviewing skills

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Fire Tech Position Open with National Parks–Indiana Dunes

USAJobs has a posting for a GS-0404-05 Biological Science Technician (Botany-Fire Effects) that is now open.  (Bachelor’s Degree required)

OPENS:  12/08/2015
CLOSES:  12/29/2015
Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Botany-Fire Effects) GS-0404-05
$16.77 to $16.77 / Per Hour


Serves as a member of a fire effects monitoring crew.  Establish and sample vegetation and fuel monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines.  Independently identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in the field and records data accurately in the field.  Prepare herbarium specimens and record habitat and plant association data.  Enter data into computer or PDA using customized database software and verify data entry quality.  The applicant may assist in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines.  Use map and compass and uses and downloads digital cameras, GPS receivers, and PDAs.  Collect and analyze fuel moisture samples.  Although the incumbent’s principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may also collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, and/or will complete additional projects as needed.  This job regularly involves carrying heavy gear and exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity) and ticks.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity with Forest Preserve & Great Rivers Basin

The Forest Preserves of Cook County in partnership with the Great Rivers Basin Research and Education Center is seeking a undergraduate college student for summer 2016 who will help with a water soil infiltration study.  The student will gain on-the-ground experience conducting an experiment to measure if “restored” areas sequester water more than “invasive” species areas with little ground cover.  Includes $4,000 Stipend.

Applications are due January 18th, 2016.

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American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

Oakton Community College has signed on to the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge with President Smith’s support. This initiative began in preparation for the Climate Talks in Paris and is using energy generated from those discussions to invite and engage more Colleges and Universities to act. It is based on the American Business Act on Climate pledge. We are now one of over 200 campuses to sign on to this pledge. Below, is a link below with details on the initiative. This will be the start of a more focused and coordinated effort towards climate action on the part of Oakton. We are excited to see where it leads us!



Oakton Community College Pledge:

We (students, employees, community members) believe that leadership in climate action through practice, education, and social experiences is integral to becoming mindful global citizens. Oakton Community College pledges to:

  • Identify programs and products that improve efficiencies and work towards carbon neutrality.
  • Complete a greenhouse gas assessment that examines current energy resources and consumption.
  • Devote resources to renewable energy opportunities such as our existing solar water heating system and 23.6 kW photovoltaic (PV) array and to the planned 25 kW PV array.
  • Maintain and restore the natural areas of our campuses to protect ecosystem functions, sequester carbon, and support habitats for wildlife.
  • Promote and expand composting opportunities to remove contributed food waste from landfills.

We understand that we are part of a diverse ecosystem and that the sustainable use of resources is important not just for our operations, but for the community, and the world.