Assistant Grower, Outdoor Floriculture

Requisition Number: 
Plant Production
Job Status: 
Reports to: 
Floriculturist, Outdoor
Seasonals, Interns, Volunteers
Assist production staff in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations, with a focus on greenhouse duties. Help with plant deliveries to garden areas as needed. 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. Assist with the organization and hardening off process of the plants being grown for garden areas. This is a year-round, full-time position, Monday through Friday, 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 a regular 40-hour week, Monday through Friday. Work scheduled weekends and holidays asassigned.
Assist in the delivery of plants to grounds, flower shows, plant sales, and other special events.
Keep work and storage areas clean and organized.
Apply pesticides to crops and growing areas as assigned.
Assist the floriculturists and growers with the inventory control of hard goods and plants.

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.
Basic computer knowledge required, with use of spreadsheets and inventory databases preferred.
General knowledge of small tools and equipment.
A valid driver’s license and insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
Must have or be able to obtain an Illinois operator’s license for pesticide applications.
*Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15,
2021; hires post this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire.*

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.

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