Construction Lead

Requisition Number: 
922
Department: 
Facility Maintenance
Job Status: 
Year-Round
Hours: 
Full-time
Reports to: 
Manager of Construction
Overview: 
The person in this position is responsible for repairs, maintenance, and construction of various built elements and other projects on our grounds and in our buildings. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Work independently or as a member of a team.
  • Lead the installation, repair, and maintenance of paths, fences, roads, and other outside construction work as needed and as assigned.
  • Assist with repairs and maintenance to buildings and other facilities as needed and as assigned.
  • Assist in the installation and repair of our irrigation system, which includes start-up and blowdown.
  • Snowplow our roads and parking lots; this will entail early-morning starts, weekends, and holidays, depending on the weather, and may include some hand-shoveling from time to time.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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:

  • Knowledge of all aspects of construction, including buildings and landscapes
  • CDL License
  • Able to safely operate skid steer loader, excavator, and other types of large and small equipment
  • Snowplowing experience
  • Some computer knowledge in order to compose and respond to emails, perform basic internet searches, etc.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees be fully COVID vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire.*

Physical Demands: 
Frequent standing, standing on ladders, walking, sitting, bending, listening, speaking. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items no less than 50 pounds. This position involves both indoor and outdoor work in all seasons.
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, or 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.