Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 81 acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands. Over the past 17 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 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. Staff in this position are provided with an exceptional opportunity to learn about 240 taxa of native wetland plants while gaining a better understanding of lake shoreline erosion control strategies and shoreline ecology.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Working closely with Garden's associate ecologist for lakes and the director of restoration ecology to maintain these new shoreline plantings.
- Removing 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
Our ideal candidates will have the following:
- Coursework and/or work experience in botany, environmental studies, aquatic horticulture, or closely related fields.
- Must have a strong work ethic, function well within both team and individual work assignments, and possess a high comfort level being in and around water along with an ability to swim should the need arise in an emergency.
- When you submit your application, please be sure to also include a detailed letter of introduction.
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.