Keeping It Green at Oakton

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Power Up: Exploring Alternative Energy Careers, Thursday November 14, 2019

Join other teens and college students in learning more about the current state of alternative energy in our world, the career prospects now and in the future, and how you can best prepare yourself to be part of this shift. Contact greenteam@oakton.edu today to get involved!

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2019 Campus Sustainability Month Schedule

We are excited to offer a full slate of programming for Campus Sustainability Month. All of these events are free and open to the public, no rsvp necessary. Please note this calendar is subject to change. These events are brought to you by the Sustainability Center at Oakton, the Environmental Studies Concentration, and special support from the Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity for Indigenous People’s Day.

Indigenous People’s Day

Join us for a gathering and land acknowledgement, followed by a native plant walk with Oakton alumnus, Gina Roxas. This event is put on in coordination with the CCID.

Monday, October 14

  • 12:00pm gathering, land acknowledgement, and blessing
  • 1:00 pm native plant walk

Des Plaines Campus, meet at the Lee Center outdoor classroom (rain or shine)

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Seasonal Farmer’s Market Positions for Urban Canopy

Urban Canopy is a small farm here in Chicago and they are currently looking to hire seasonal and Market Managers for some of the Farmer's Markets they will be attending this Summer. We are looking to spread this opportunity to students in Chicago interested in learning about the local food system. 

Careers Page: www.theurbancanopy.org/careers
Please contact Joseph Taylor, Farmer's Market Lead, The Urban Canopy<http://www.theurbancanopy.org/>,
1400 W. 46th Street Chicago, IL 60609
Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/TheUrbanCanopy>

  Job Description: Farmers Market Booth Manager 
   
    Summary:       The Urban Canopy is a young and diverse organization working on cutting edge issues at the intersection of  urban agriculture and sustainable food. We are seeking a skilled Farmers Market Booth Manager to  represent The Urban Canopy at farmers markets by selling locally grown food at farmers markets, engaging in  conversation with market-goers, networking with local vendors, educating people about & enlisting them for  UC services, and performing community outreach. Booth Managers represent and maintain all of The Urban  Canopy’s environmental, economic, and social missions.   
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Audubon Habitat Restoration Paid Internships–Apply Now!

For over a decade, Audubon Great Lakes has trained young adults for careers in conservation through our Audubon Wings Internship program. Annually, Audubon hires, trains, and supervises Restoration Interns, who work on lands managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District, respectively.

The Audubon Habitat Restoration Internship is a 16-20 week program focusing on ecological restoration and land stewardship. Interns are seasonal, full-time (40 hour/week) employees and provided competitive hourly salary. Interns work outside in various extreme weather conditions and must be able to commit to a flexible schedule throughout the program, as weather determines the workday. Previous experience in habitat restoration is not required, but interns are expected to complete necessary trainings and certifications in order to complete assigned projects in the field. During the program, interns will carry-out work orders to remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute native seeds, plant native plugs, and participate in prescribed burns.

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Nature Instructor (part-time)

  • Nature Instructor (part-time)
  • Location:  Friendship Park Conservatory
  • For more details, and to apply–click HERE

    Mt. Prospect Park District was incorporated in June 1955 and is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Encompassing more than 454 acres, the Park District provides recreation programs, facilities and services to portions of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village with a total population of 215,000. Mt. Prospect Park District offers its residents a total of 32 parks and recreational facilities including, a 3-1/2 star golf course, neighborhood playgrounds, pools, fitness centers, ball diamonds, biking and walking paths. We are searching for part-time, Nature Instructor. The Nature Instructor is responsible for creating and presenting educational and outdoor skill programs for children including, but not limited to insects, food chains, animals, birds, ecology, and nature. Must be at least 21 years old.The pay range for this position is $8.25-$11.00 per hour. 


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Nature Center Host (paid position, weekends only)

Location:  Spring Valley Nature Center

Weekend Nature Center Host
Seasonal (April – Oct.); Weekends (Sat & Sun, 10:30a.m.-5:00p.m.)

Job Description:The Weekend Nature Center Host position at Spring Valley Nature Center is a seasonal, part-time position responsible for delivering welcoming, informative, safe and enjoyable experiences for visitors to the Nature Center and Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground.  This individual will actively engage with the public, facilitate interactive experiences that support Spring Valley’s educational mission and be an available presence to answer questions and provide information about the site.  

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TreeKeepers Course in March

TreeKeepers is running a forestry volunteer training program at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs beginning in late March. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy.

The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally and world-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, pruning, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt.

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified TreeKeeper, please contact Al De Reu (adereu@openlands.org). For more information about the program, please visit http://www.openlands.org/treekeepers.