Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-I

Requisition Number: 
726
Department: 
Display Gardens
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Full-time
Overview: 
The assistant horticulturist seasonal employees work closely with horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in different display gardens with high attention to detail. They will spend most of their time working in the gardens and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. There are eight positions that will be working in different areas with responsibilities such as using organic gardening methods for maintaining the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, maintaining native plants in the Native Plant Garden, maintaining large drifts of perennials on Evening Island, and perennial borders in the Farwell Landscape Garden and Helen and Richard Thomas English Walled Garden, training pines in the Malott Japanese Garden, maintaining roses in the Krasberg Rose Garden, tending annual borders in the Circle Garden and maintaining plants on the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Science Center green roof. This is a full-time, seasonal position of 36 weeks with an anticipated start date of late February or March.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

 In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Lead crews under the direction of the horticulturist or senior horticulturist and perform general landscape maintenance and installation including weeding, mulching, watering, deadheading, grooming perennials, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, and maintaining tools.
  • Respond to public and staff questions for general information.
  • Provide current information to the horticulturists regarding plant accessions, removals, transfers, and label requirements. Label plants and assist with installation of accession tags.
  • Inform the horticulturists of disease, insect, weed, and animal problems.
  • Assist with special events.

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.
Qualifications: 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Completed a horticulture training program or taken classes in gardening with experience in landscape maintenance and installation
  • The ability to lead a small crew in maintaining gardens
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 pounds. Be comfortable working on step ladders. Work outside in all types of weather.
Why Apply?: 

Seasonal positions generally have an assignment that are less than 9 months. Seasonals are offered a multitude of benefits which may include paid holidays with an additional generous flat amount premium for working on an actual holiday, Life Time Fitness subsidized discount, Garden Membership, Complimentary General Admission to other Cultural  Institutions such as the Art Institute and the Shedd, complimentary tickets to special Garden events (e.g. Orchid Show, Night of 1000 jack-o lanterns) special employee plus guest events, and more.

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.

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