Assistant Grower (A-B)

Job Status:
Requisition Number:
Plant Production
Reports to:
Manager, Plant Production
Assist Production staff in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations. Help with plant deliveries to garden areas daily. The person in this position needs to be flexible to work in changing environments and with different divisions within the department. Watering will be a focus of the position and a required skill set. One weekend day will be part of the normal workweek, and the position will require the person to work independently on that day with minimal supervision. This is a seasonal, full-time position anticipated to start February 22, 2022, for 37 weeks, working Tuesday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Assist Plant Production staff in growing plants through mixing soil, transplanting, thinning plugs, repotting, spacing, weeding, pruning, watering, fertilizing, and sanitizing.
  • Work one weekend day and scheduled holidays under the direction of the Plant Production staff.
  • Assist staff with the delivery of plants to garden and grounds areas.
  • Keep work and storage areas clean and organized.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Some horticultural knowledge required, with greenhouse and nursery experience preferred.
  • General knowledge of small tools and equipment.
  • Able to work for 9 months including one weekend day.
  • A valid driver’s license and insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an operator’s license for chemical applications.

    *The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*


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    Physical Demands:
    Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 pounds. Must be able to spend long periods of time standing and sometimes sitting.
    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.

    The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

    In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.