Oakton Community College
Des Plaines, IL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Facilities
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Oct 5, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 137698

About Oakton Community College :

For 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Assists with maintenance of grounds, gardens, trails, and all other parts of designated natural areas and sites; mainly through coordination with outside contractors. Provides environmental education programming and conservation-based nature education workshops to students and partners of the College. Organizes and develops interpretive programs and curriculum-based programs for the College students, civic and special interest groups, and the general public on the natural history of the natural areas and other ecological or environmental themes. Cares for botanical and zoological specimens, and other exhibit and education materials. Assists local County Forest Preserve biologists and ecologists with research and other programs and projects. Performs all other job related duties as assigned.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs tasks in designated natural areas, including seeding, gathering seeds, fertilizing, planting, etc. Responsible for overall public safety of natural areas and trails.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and watches over work performed by outside contractors such as controlled burns, tree removal, pesticide application, etc.
  • Gathers information for budget estimates and monitors expenses.
  • Prepares and delivers nature-based and environmental education programs and other interpretive programs at the College and off-site locations.
  • Main contact for all requests and inquires to enter or use natural areas.
  • Develops displays, wayside exhibits, trail guides, and other interpretive materials.
  • Serves as a natural areas guide to students, professionals, the community, and interest groups. Answers questions, informs, and advises (in person and by telephone, email, and other communication methods), on topics pertaining to the natural areas such as plants, wildlife, the environment, and other concerns.
  • Assists local County biologists and ecologists as appropriate in data gathering for research.
  • Cares for biological and zoological specimens as appropriate..
  • Supervises and coordinates volunteer projects involving students and employees in relation to the natural areas.
  • Other job related duties in relation to natural areas.


Hiring Qualifications:

  • Must possess an associate degree or higher in, natural sciences, environmental sciences, environmental education, education, outdoor recreation or a substantially similar area from an accredited college or university, or equivalent work or volunteer experience.
  • Two (2) or more years of professional work experience in nature based, outdoor adventure, or environmental education programming.
  • Must possess current valid driver's license.
  • Preferred at least two (2) seasons of professional or volunteer work experience with the Forest Preserves of Cook County or partner groups. Experience with full annual cycle of seasons preferred.
  • Ability to interact professionally and tactfully with people of different levels of education, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences, and to exhibit an adequate level of respect to fellow employees and the College community at large.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Able to stand, walk and move for extended periods of time (Often - 75% - 100%).
  • Able to bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, push, pull, and reach in all directions (Often - 75% - 100%)
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lbs. (Often 75% - 100%)
  • Able to perform moderate to strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time. (Often 75% - 100%)
  • Able to set up and operate grounds equipment (training will be provided as appropriate). (Occasional 50% to 75%)
  • Able to work at heights and the ability to ascend/descend ladders. (Seldom - 0% - 25%)
  • Will require the use of radio communication. Employees using these devices, will be required to have the ability to hear and exchange information clearly.
  • Able to see color.

Job duties may be performed in hot, cold, dusty, dirty environments. Employees may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and outside weather.

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

Administrative supervision is received from the Director of Facilities.

Supervision Exercised:


HOURS: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

SALARY: $48.870 Starting salary may change due to the completion of staff negotiations.

Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a Vaccination /Testing Mandate and Mask Requirement.

Oakton Community College does not currently have a work form home policy and employees, are required to report to campus.

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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