Requisition Number: 
214 1-43
Job Status: 
The groundskeeper, seasonal, performs general landscaping and grounds maintenance, consisting primarily of manual labor under the direction of the full-time horticulture staff. There may be occasional weekend and holiday hours requested.

Assist with special projects such as event preparation and support.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • General landscape maintenance, including planting and transplanting, pruning trees and shrubs, watering, mulching, mowing, grooming, raking, hoeing, digging, chipping brush, weeding, fertilizing, deadheading, and edging.
  • General clean up and equipment maintenance such as picking up trash and compost, removing refuse, tidying up tool and equipment storage areas, cleaning paths, and sharpening and maintaining tools and equipment.
  • Safely operate small equipment such as golf carts, leaf blowers, mowers, rototillers, and weed eaters.
  • Report any tool or equipment problems to the supervisor, grounds.
  • Assist indoors with projects such as equipment maintenance, shop organization, and greenhouse work when weather prohibits outdoor work.
  • Work safely without injury to self, others, property, or plants.
  • Interact daily with staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Assist the Horticulture Division with support for special events and other projects as needed.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • General knowledge of small tools and equipment preferred.
  • Some landscape maintenance experience preferred.
  • A valid driver's license and insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society is preferred but not required.
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift, push, and carry items up to 50 pounds. Must be able and willing to work outdoors when the weather is hot, humid, or cold.
Why Apply?: 

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 construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.