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2018 Campus Sustainability Month at Oakton!

Join us for another month of programming this October to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month. This effort, initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.AASHE.org) is a great way to learn more about different sustainability related topics while on campus. We also encourage students to take part in Project Green Challenge. This eye-opening series of interactive activities and exploration will help individuals learn more about their daily behaviors, the importance of “going green”, and what practices can help them in making a difference. Participate as often or as little as you like and have the chance to win sustainable prizes! Top five participants from Oakton will win some sustainability swag from our office as well :).

See below for details and come back again for full list of events, room locations, and updates!

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Warehouse Manager/Project Coordinator (Part Time)–Looking to fill immediately!

Warehouse Manager/Project Coordinator (Part Time)
Location: Skokie, IL

Lightitech is an energy efficiency startup, based in Chicago, that offers clients a wide range of energy-saving solutions. We are a Trade Ally in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, which allows us to offer customized rebates/incentives to our utility customers ranging from small to medium businesses, and public entities, thereby helping them to meet their energy saving goals and reduce operating costs. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about energy efficiency or wants to learn about the industry for the position above to join our small and growing team immediately.
Duties and Responsibilities (these are some, but not all):
● Pull and get ready all materials for next week’s upcoming projects and with the project’s
Scope of Work (SOW) attached to the materials
● Work with Operations Manager to ensure all projects have the materials needed for
installation
● Update weekly quantity of materials in the warehouse on the Inventory sheet
● Drop off and pick up materials from project sites, vendors, or any other places as needed
● Bring all materials and supplies that are required for a project to the job site as needed
● Ensure the warehouse is organized at all times and boxes cut up and thrown away
Requirements:
● Must have valid driver’s license and reliable and insured automobile (non negotiable)
● Detailed oriented and organized
● Must pass background check
● Must always represent the company in a professional manner and abiding by all safety
and employee guidelines
● Must be comfortable working in a storage warehouse environment 75% of the time
● Must be able to lift 30 lbs boxes occasionally
● Flexible schedule
Compensation:
● Hourly – negotiable
● 1099 for first 3 months
● Part time 10 – 15 hours a week to start; opportunity for more hours once experience
gained
Please send resumes to contact@lightitech.com.


Greenest Region Corps Volunteer Application (Deadline September 9, 2018)

The Greenest Region Corps is a NEW partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic volunteers to lead sustainability projects in a select group of our GRC communities. AmeriCorps volunteers will work directly for a GRC community on a project that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. Volunteers will be recruited and administered by the Caucus, but will be placed directly in one of eight community locations. In addition, volunteers will receive training and mentoring from staff at the USEPA Region 5 Office in Chicago and Moraine Valley Community College. The program is anticipated to start in October 2018 and volunteers must complete 1,700 service hours by December 2019. Volunteers will be paid a living allowance and will be provided health insurance. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the benefits of serving, please visit:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

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Greenbuild Volunteers Needed!! November 14-16 in Chicago

The annual Greenbuild conference will be held in Chicago this November and in order to make it successful, the planning team is looking for college students and young professionals who can volunteer during the event. Volunteers gain FREE admission to the conference! This is a great way to network with others in the green building profession and learn more about future opportunities. Check out the link below to sign up!

https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/community/usgbc-volunteers.html

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Environmental Educator, Spring Valley Nature Center (Part-Time)

Environmental Educator, Spring Valley Nature Center (Part-Time)
JOB SUMMARY:    Under the supervision of the EE Coordinator, the Environmental Educator is responsible for providing environmental education experiences for school children.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:

  • Offers children a unique way to experience and learn about the natural world and our pioneer past.
  • Involves hands-on investigation and active participation in a small group setting.
  • Provides activities and themes that change seasonally and are geared toward specific age groups, especially for ages 3–12.

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Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator: UW-Whitewater

Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator – Facilities Planning and Management/College of Letters and Sciences – 14421

For full details and to apply, visit: http://www.uww.edu/employment/university-staff/posting?listing=1671

INTRODUCTION:

The Facilities, Planning and Management Department and the College of Letters and Sciences seeks a Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator (Operations Program Associate).

This is a full time, project position: 50% under Facilities, Planning and Management and 50% under the College of Letters and Sciences with an anticipated duration of one year from the start date. This project position will be subject to re-evaluation at the end of next fiscal year. This position will enhance the quality, frequency, and utility of communications and events about Sustainability Office and Science Outreach and related initiatives across the university to generate awareness and share successful stories and outcomes. It will develop, improve, and maintain the administration of the Sustainability Office and Science Outreach functions and support related faculty and staff. In addition, it will assist in the development of projects to pursue a more strategic and balanced program array. This is a one-year project position which will report to the Sustainability Coordinator within Facilities, Planning and Management and to the Science Outreach Coordinator within the College of Letters and Sciences. Time for each area of responsibility will be split evenly between the Sustainability and Science Outreach Offices.

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Full-Time Restoration Ecologist, McHenry County

Restoration Ecologist (to apply: http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/employment-opportunities/)

STATUS: Full-time

LOCATION: Richmond, IL

SALARY:  Annual starting salary at $48,726

JOB OVERVIEW:  The McHenry County Conservation District is currently seeking a Restoration Ecologist for the management and restoration of the natural features of District lands. This position conducts assigned biological inventories, designs and implements natural habitat restoration projects, and monitors natural features on District lands as assigned.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Collects ecological data as assigned and assists in biological inventory work as required.
  • Makes recommendations to the Natural Resources Manager for inclusion in departmental land protection requests as well as conversion of existing farm leases to native communities.
  • Supervises the Restoration Technician as well as coordinates and assists staff, seasonal/ temporary employees and volunteers in natural resource management projects.
  • Plans and conducts prescribed burns, brush cutting, weed control, and hydrological restoration activities. Supervises activities of contractors on restoration projects as assigned.
  • Assists in the collection of native seeds and plants native seeds in restoration projects utilizing both machinery and by hand as well as conducts noxious and problem weed control with herbicide, biological control agents and through mechanical means as needed.
  • Carries out routine and advanced maintenance of equipment.
  • Fabricates new equipment as needed and assists in the operation and maintenance of Natural Resources support facilities such as the regional shops and Research Field Station.
  • Transports natural resource management equipment for utilization in the field.
  • Provides professional expertise to other District divisions.
  • Assists in public and staff educational efforts in conjunction with other divisions within the District. Participates in interpreting the District’s natural resource management efforts.
  • Prepares and leads natural resource presentations for the general public, staff, and volunteers.
  • Assists the Natural Resource Manager in the development and formulation of Natural Ecosystem Management Plans.
  • Develops bid specifications for restoration projects as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A./ B.S.) from four-year college or university in biology, ecology, zoology, or a natural resource related field.
  • Four years related experience working in a natural resource management program and one year of supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of ecological principles, and Midwest natural communities and natural history.
  • Considerable knowledge of ecology, zoology, and botany as they apply to natural resource and land management issues.
  • Ability to carry out job duties safely using and maintaining power equipment such as chainsaws and brush cutters and heavy equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, practices and techniques involved in land restoration projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in the development of sound land management practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of laws, rules, and regulatory requirement relating to development and management of wild lands.
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a valid U.S.D.A Pesticide Operator’s license.
  • Possess or be willing to obtain prescribed burn crew certificate.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license and be able to obtain and maintain a CDL.

 

 

 

Questions: Contact HR at 815-338-6223 x1237.