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Urban Forester–Full-time Position in Park Ridge

The City of Park Ridge is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Urban Forester. Under the direction of the City Forester, responsibilities include, but are not limited to, responding to citizen requests, evaluating the health and determining maintenance needs for trees in the public right-of-way, overseeing permitting for private property tree removals, reviewing tree preservation plans to ensure compliance with City codes and standards, conducting regular inspections for disease, pest infestation, and other hazardous conditions, overseeing contracted bi-annual planting program, and enforcing the City code as it pertains to tree preservation.  Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or related field preferred.  Applicant may substitute additional relevant experience for the required education.  Applicant must be an ISA Certified Arborist or have the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.  Valid state driver’s license required.  General work hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., sometimes requiring overtime.  Starting salary is $53,357 plus benefits.  Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) eligible.  Position is available until filled.

Submit Application for Employment (http://www.parkridge.us/government/employment.aspx) and resume to Kim Hodge, HR Generalist, via email at humanresources@parkridge.us or  by U.S. mail to: City of Park Ridge, Attn. Human Resources, 505 Butler Place, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

More details: http://www.parkridge.us/


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Public Engagement Facilitator Positions at Notebaert Nature Museum

Great opportunity to be involved with a an amazing institution that prides itself on education, connection to nature, and sustainability.

Public Engagement Facilitator (Part Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hiring part-time Public Engagement Facilitators to join our Public Engagement team.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s oldest museum in the newest building. Our mission is to create a positive relationship between people and nature through collaborations, education, research and collections, exhibitions and public forums to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science. The public engagement facilitator will advance this mission by facilitating interpretive programs for museum guests of all ages and backgrounds.

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Climate Data Rescue Event Thursday, April 27!

Climate Data Rescue Event during Earth Month (Register at link below!)

Free and open to the public!

 Thursday, April 27, 2017 (5-9 p.m.)   

Oakton Community College

Room 1625, Des Plaines Campus

1600 Golf Road Des Plaines, IL  60016

Register for the event here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFD5QFF or contact Dan Godston (dgodston@oakton.edu) to find out more.

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We invite you to a climate data rescue event at Oakton Community College, sponsored by The Green Committee at Oakton. We believe in supporting the fundamental role of science in sound government policy. Please help us preserve vulnerable federal climate, environmental, and transportation data. We need programmers, data scientists, and science enthusiasts! Bring your laptop and come ready to learn.

This event is part of a series of climate data rescue events happening in the Chicago area in recent months. Others were hosted by Chi Hack Night, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. It is also part of ongoing international collaborations—with coordinated efforts from the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, Internet Archive, and higher education institutions (University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and UCLA).

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Youth Instructor Positions ($25/hr)

Youth Instructor for Greencorps Chicago

Greencorps Chicago is the Chicago Department of Transportation’s community greening and job training program run in partnership with WRD Environmental. Greencorps Chicago’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship and improve the quality of life in Chicago by establishing, maintaining and restoring natural and public spaces that are safe, healthy and sustainable through hands-on involvement with program participants.
The Greencorps Chicago Youth Program (GCYP) is a summer youth employment program, administered by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Department of Family and Support Services. The Youth Instructor will spend the majority of their time teaching horticulture, landscape practices, tree care, bicycle maintenance, and bike safety to high school youth enrolled in GCYP. Instructors will work out of a Chicago Public School or other community based location, with significant components taught outdoors at a variety of project sites (such as community gardens or urban farms) throughout the City of Chicago.

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Creating Justice 2017

Being sustainable is about more than protecting the natural environment–it also involves protecting and caring for people and the communities we live in. Join us on Earth Day, April 22 for our annual Creating Justice symposium. Please feel free to share this pdf widely. The event is open to the community, though registration is requested.

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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!

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Women’s and Gender Studies Conference: In Challenging Times: Women, Activism, and Leadership–Call for Proposals!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES CONFERENCE

In Challenging Times:  Women, Activism and Leadership

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program Steering Committee of Oakton Community College, located in Des Plaines, Illinois in the near northwest suburbs of Chicago, invites proposals for its biennial conference to be held March 24, 2017. This one-day conference, In Challenging Times:  Women, Activism and Leadership, will present scholarly and creative work by feminist activists, writers, scientists, visual and performing artists, and scholars that examines the challenges confronting feminism and the Women’s and Gender Studies discipline in the current political and cultural climate.

The Conference keynote will be noted activist, writer and scholar Barbara Ransby.  Ransby is distinguished professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative.  She also serves as current president of the National Women’s Studies Association.

The Steering Committee seeks proposals for panel presentations—consisting of research papers, readings, performances, or media  presentations—as well as roundtable discussions and poster sessions focused on topics related to the overall conference theme.  We are especially interested in submissions that approach the theme using an intersectional feminist analysis.

Possible topic areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuing challenges to feminism—the word and the movement
  • Race and class as categories of feminist analysis
  • Achieving gender equity in the political arena
  • Gendered violence in the media, home, street and workplace.
  • Intergenerational conflicts and collaborations
  • Challenges to Reproductive Rights
  • Gendered and racialized bodies
  • Feminism and white privilege
  • Social Media and cyberfeminism—dangers and opportunities
  • Feminist challenges to environmental degradation
  • Confronting ableism and other constructs of the normative body
  • Feminist responses to incarceration and detention
  • Gendered health and medicine
  • Transgender and gender queer inclusion
  • Transnational feminist activism
  • Activism using new media and technology
  • Women in STEM and non-traditional fields
  • Feminism and Cultural Criticism
  • Feminist leadership
  • Feminist activism and the arts
  • Community colleges and other alternative sites of feminist activism
  • Achieving equity in the workplace
  • Activist literature and media
  • Eliminating racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination in American education

Panel presentations consist of individual research presentations or performances organized around a single topic, concluding with a brief question and answer session. Panels should feature three or four presenters, as well as a non-presenting moderator responsible for introductions, time keeping, and overall coordination. Sessions are 75 minutes; time is divided equally among presenters, with 15 minutes for introductions and discussion. In lieu of a panel, selected one-person workshops are also acceptable. Participants are encouraged to present material to the audience rather than simply read a paper.

Roundtable discussions feature between four and six presenters, hosted by a moderator. Each participant makes brief opening remarks on a particular theme or project, followed by discussion and audience participation. Sessions are 75 minutes, including introductions and opening statements.

Poster sessions include display in a central location throughout the day as well as at a special afternoon reception. Presenters must be available to set up, take down, and discuss posters with viewers at the reception.

Proposals by established scholars and artists are welcome. Both graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit.

The Steering Committee encourages proposals for fully-formed panels and roundtables. It also welcomes proposals from individual presenters; individuals will be grouped with presenters on similar themes.

All accepted presenters must register for the conference. Fees—which include lunch and refreshments—are $15 for Oakton students, $20 for all other students, and $35 for non-students.

Proposals must clearly state the type of presentation (panel, roundtable, poster session), and include:

  • Title and topic (see list for suggestions).
  • An abstract of no more than 300 words.
  • Names and brief biographies (no more than three sentences) for all presenters.
  • Contact information (including e-mail).

Submit via e-mail to wgs@oakton.edu or in hard copy to:

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Oakton Community College

Division of Languages, Humanities, and the Arts

1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Attn: Kathleen Carot

The Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee will review all proposals and make selections based on appropriateness of topic, quality of proposal, and contribution to Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship and creative endeavors. The Committee will pay special attention to proposals that feature intersectional and multidisciplinary approaches and/or inclusion of presenters from faculty, artist, and student groups. Oakton will attempt to meet audiovisual equipment needs—please state such needs clearly in the proposal. Accepted presenters will receive an audiovisual equipment checklist prior to the conference.

Deadline for proposals is February 15. Notification of proposal status (accepted or declined) will be sent via e-mail no later than February 27.