Keeping It Green at Oakton

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Earth Week at Oakton, 2018 Events

We are so pleased to announce our 2018 Earth Week events here at Oakton Community College. Check out the calendar below and visit here for details on each session. All of these events are free and open to the public, though we do ask for pre-registration for a couple of them. Please share with your friends and colleagues!

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Cash Prizes for Creativity!! Environmental Studies Concentration Poster Contest, Entries Due March 9

We are excited to announce a call for entries for the first Environmental Studies Concentration poster contest! What better way to capture student interest in this program than to have a poster designed by students?! Cash prizes will be awarded to the artists with the top three designs, with a grand prize of $250! Some information is below, but check out the Poster for full details. All entries are due March 9! Please spread the word to interested students.

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Seasonal Jobs with Friends of the Forest Preserve, Cook County!

Below are links to three different positions within the Friends of the Forest Preserve Conservation Corps.  They are looking to hire a Crew Manager and Assistant Crew Manager for their BRAND NEW North Branch crew.  They will also have 4 open 2018 Crew Member positions on that crew, as well as, some open 2018 Crew Member positions on all of the other crews.  Please share these positions with anyone that you think would be a good fit in one of these roles.  These are incredible opportunities to get out in nature, learn more about restoration, develop leadership skills, and mentor others during the process!
New this year: They are offering $1000 bonus to any 2018 Crew Member that stays for the entire length of the program year and finishes the year with a positive review.  How cool is that?   
Click on the titles below for full job postings and application details.

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Job Opportunity: Conservation Corps Crew Member

This is a great position for students during the Fall Term.

Job Title: Conservation Corps Crew Member
Reports to: Conservation Corps Crew Manager

Organization:
Mission: Friends of the Forest Preserves is the voice of a diverse community inspiring and organizing people to protect, restore, and expand the forest preserves in Cook County. Friends is an independent non-profit organization with more than 2,000
members and thousands of volunteers, advocating for the responsible management of the 69,000 acres of forest preserves in Cook County through advocacy, conservation corps programs, community outreach, and volunteer empowerment. Friends is an organization that gets things done with our members, volunteers, staff, board, and partners. We believe in work-life balance and are here for the marathon, not the sprint (not that we don’t sprint on a regular basis).

Position : The Crew Member will participate in the FOTFP Conservation Corps program. The Friends’ Conservation Corps members work year-round to remove invasive species and restore native plants throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We are seeking Crew Members from diverse communities for a program that provides valuable skills and certifications that could lead to a long-term career in natural land management or other environmental jobs. The Crew Member will collaborate with a team of 4 Crew Members, an Assistant Crew Manager and a Crew Manager who will
work outdoors removing invasive species and conducting other physical work to restore health to the preserves. Crew Members are expected to complete a number of trainings through FOTFP and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. They are also expected to participate in group presentations at local conferences and events.

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New Solar Array on Skokie’s Campus and Opportunity to Learn about Solar Energy!

When President Joianne Smith signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge in December 2015, Oakton Community College joined over 200 higher education institutions committed to climate action.  One of Oakton’s commitments as part of that pledge was recently realized with the addition of a 25kW photovoltaic array at its Skokie campus.  Installation of the roof-mounted system, consisting of approximately 80 solar panels, was completed on June 20.

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Since the system has been operational, it has generated 5.27MWh of energy, enough to power more than 15,000 light bulbs for one day. This helps to prevent roughly 3,700 kilograms of carbon dioxide being released into the environment, equivalent to planting 201 trees. Incorporating renewable energy is one important way of reducing the college’s impact on the environment, but it is also something that is of high value to our students, who regularly tell us this is an area they hope the college continues to pursue.

For students interested in learning more about the technology involved in arrays like this one, Oakton is offering a Fundamentals of Solar Energy Systems course (ELT 154) on Wednesday evenings this Fall. Registration for this course is open until September 6, 2017. In addition to the new solar array, the Skokie campus is home to a test system that is easily accessible for enrolled students and provides them with hands-on experience working with solar panels. This course can be used to meet requirements for the Environmental Studies Concentration.

Live data from the solar array will soon be incorporated into the college’s existing Energy Dashboard which can be found on Oakton’s website. For now though, the data can be found here: https://monitoringpublic.solaredge.com/solaredge-web/p/site/public?name=Oakton Community College Skokie Campus#/dashboard

We hope you’ll check it out!

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Several Entry-Level and Summer Positions Posted in Environmental Fields

There are some amazing local opportunities currently available for students and young professionals interested in a career related to environmental sciences. Some of these are summer positions (remember, hiring for the summer season starts early–like NOW!) and others are full or part-time beginning in the spring. There are also many internship opportunities. Openings are constantly changing. Check out the Chicago Environmental Network for a great selection of opportunities, including:

  • Youth Conservation Corp Leader (McHenry County Conservation District)
  • Summer Ecology Assistant (Fermilab)
  • Restoration Technician (Pizzo & Associates)
  • Crew Leader (Student Conservation Association)
  • Development and Communications Assistant (Lincoln Park Conservatory)
  • Gypsy Moth Survey Trapper (Slow the Spread Foundation Inc.)
  • Aquatic Plant Maintenance (Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Ecological Restoration Technician (Seasonal–Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Lab Sample Collector (Chicago Park District)
  • ….and SO MANY MORE!

 


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Ecological Project Superintendent (Bachelor’s Required)

Ecological Project Superintendent

Job Summary

Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.

Cardno is seeking an Ecological Project Superintendent in our Chicago, IL office. This position will assist with management and technical oversight of ecological restoration projects, landscape construction projects, supervision of field work and field staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

> Oversee and implement ecological restoration projects at the ground level
> Oversee and implement landscape construction projects at the ground level
> Supervise field personnel
> Oversight of contractors
> Procure materials for projects
> Mentor field staff regarding ecological restoration techniques, equipment and general construction
> Conduct site visits and field assessments
> Develop work plans and follow contract specifications
> Develop schedule for field staff and contractors
> Prepare routine correspondence, data reports, standardized documents and work plans for internal and client review
> Comply with all company and client safety requirements

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