Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 81 acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands. Over the past 13 years, native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings (representing 200+ native plant taxa) have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat, and they now serve as a research site for scientific study. Most recently, the award-winning North Lake Shoreline Restoration Project added 120,000 new plants to our shoreline – visit chicagobotanic.org/research/shoreline/north_lake.php for more information.
The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff work closely with the Garden's director of restoration ecology and the assistant ecologist, lakes, to maintain these new shoreline plantings. Typical responsibilities for this position include removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, plant community documentation, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant communities and aesthetic shoreline conditions. Staff in this position are provided with an exceptional opportunity to learn native wetland plant identification and gain a better understanding of lake shoreline erosion control strategies and shoreline ecology.
Candidates for this position should have coursework and/or work experience in botany, environmental studies, aquatic horticulture, or closely related fields. Candidates must have a strong work ethic, a high comfort level being in and around water, and an ability to swim should the need arise in an emergency. The 2014 employment term for these positions begins in April/May and continues through at least August, with several workers' schedules expected to extend until mid-December. The compensation rate is $11.50 per hour. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Paid holidays and one personal day per four months of employment are provided.
Come work in a setting that is like no other, as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.