In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
- Maintain assigned gardens through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools.
- Safely operate small equipment such as mowers, rototillers, sod cutters, leaf blowers, snow blowers, and weed whips.
- Develop designs and select and order plants for annual and permanent displays with the approval of the executive vice president and director of the Garden and the director of horticulture.
- Provide current information to the supervisor, plant records, regarding plant accessions, removals, transfers, and label requirements for display plants. Label this plant material in a timely manner and assist with installing accession tags.
- Cooperate with the director, volunteer services, to develop and maintain a smooth and efficiently run volunteer program. Identify volunteer needs, recruit, train, and provide instruction for assignments. Support the corporate volunteer program.
- Inform the supervisor, plant health care, of disease, insect, animal, and weed problems.
- Serve as a horticultural resource for the Garden by teaching for the School of the Botanic Garden, leading tours, writing articles, giving demonstrations and media interviews, answering visitor and staff questions, and serving on planning teams.
- Assist with the installation and maintenance of Garden exhibitions such as Wonderland Express and the Orchid Show.
- Notify the Maintenance Department of necessary repairs to garden features and equipment by using a work order.
- 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:
- Associate's degree in horticulture or commensurate experience.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- A valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Garden.
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.