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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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Put a Price on it Fellowship

The Put A Price On It Fellowship is accepting applications for the Spring Fellowship until December 15th. Please consider forwarding this description or sending an email of the attached flyer to any interested students or networks. Students can apply here.

A little about the effort: Put A Price On It is a national campaign led by Our Climate and the Years of Living Dangerously, which mobilizes young people to advocate for strong and fair carbon pricing policies at the state and national level. By putting a price on carbon, we will hold polluters accountable and transition our economy to a clean energy future. Students will train and organize other students, rallying public support for carbon pricing policy, and engage directly with elected officials. Applications are currently being accepted for our Spring 2018 fellowship positions.

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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: or contact Dan Godston ( to find out more.


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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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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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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Environmental Graphiti: The Art of Climate Change, Alisa Singer

The Foundation, Koehnline Museum, and Division of Science and Health Careers are excited to present the artwork of Alisa Singer in an exhibit – Environmental Graphiti: The Art of Climate Change. Please find a link to her website here. The artwork has been featured around the country and installed at many other prominent universities and galleries around the area such as DePaul, UIC, Loyola, Northwestern, and more.

Artist Alisa Singer’s digital paintings, printed on metal and derived from graphs, charts, and other scientific data, use contemporary abstract art to challenge and expand the way we think about climate change. The works will be on display in the Lee Center, First Floor Lobby from January 25-February 25, 2017. Please join us and share widely!

We’d like to make you aware of a couple of events on campus should you be interested in joining or encouraging students to participate:


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



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 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.