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Aquatic Plant Maintenance A-G

Requisition Number: 
422
Department: 
Aquatics: Restoration Ecology
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Full-time
Overview: 
Over the past 16 years, a half-million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of the Garden's lakeshore. The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff maintain these new shoreline plantings, including removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant communities and aesthetic shoreline conditions.
Purpose: 

Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 81 acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands. Over the past 16 years, a half-million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhanching aquatic habitat, and they now serve as a research site for specific study. Most recently, the award-winning North Lake Shoreline Restoration Project added 120,000 new plants to our shoreline. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/shoreline/north_lake.php for more information.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff work closely with the Garden's associate ecologist, Lakes, and the director of Restoration Ecology to maintain these new shoreline plantings.
  • Typical work responsibilities for this position include removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, 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 identification of 240 taxa of native wetland plants while gaining a better understanding of lake shoreline erosion control strategies and shoreline ecology.
Qualifications: 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Coursework and/or work experience in botany, environmental studies, aquatic horticulture, or closely related fields.
  • A strong work ethic, functioning well within both team and individual work assignments, and possessing a high comfort level being in and around water along with an ability to swim should the need arise in an emergency.
  • The 2017 employment term for these positions begins in April/May and continues through August, with several workers' schedules expected to extend until mid-December.
  • When you submit your application, please be sure to also include a detailed letter of introduction.
Physical Demands: 
Employee must be able to operate row boats and trolling motors, walk across uneven terrain, bend over for extended periods of time (e.g., pulling weeds), remove water-laden cut plants and algae from rowboats, and lift and carry equipment and trolling motor batteries weighing up to 45 pounds.
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.