Greenhouse Technician

Requisition Number: 
Education Greenhouse
Job Status: 
Assist with the maintenance of the Greenhouses and interior plant displays. Work with horticulture staff and staff in other departments to install and maintain changing exhibitions such as the Orchid Show and Lightscape, with careful attention to detail. Work with the curator of bonsai to water bonsai that are on public display. The work week will include one weekend day and occasional holidays.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Maintain plants in the Greenhouses, Regenstein Center, Barbara Carr Administrative Center, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, and the Garden View Cafe through watering, pruning, planting, grooming, fertilizing, removing debris, weeding, dead heading, repotting, applying pesticides, maintaining and inventorying tools and cleaning glass. Assist with white washing the greenhouses.
  • Install and maintain plants in temporary, changing exhibitions such as the Orchid Show and Lightscape. Assist with fulfilling plant requests for events requiring podium plants and centerpieces.
  • Water bonsai when on public display in the Regenstein courtyards, Krehbiel Gallery, and the east greenhouse.
  • Provide current information to the senior horticulturist regarding plant accessions, removals, transfers, and label requirements. Assist with labeling plants and installing accession tags.
  • Inform the senior horticulturist, the Greenhouses of disease, insect, animal, and weed problems.
  • Maintain a good level of computer literacy for purposes of interdepartmental documentation and communication.

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:

  • Good written and verbal communications skills.
  • A valid Illinois pesticide applicator’s license or ability to obtain one upon hiring.
  • A valid driver’s license and be insurable by the garden.
  • Taken classes in horticulture and or some gardening experience.
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 pounds. Be comfortable working on step ladders and extension ladders while maintaining plants and white washing the greenhouses.
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.

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.