Horticulturist, Shida Evaluation Garden

Requisition Number: 
Display Gardens
Job Status: 
Reports to: 
Senior Horticulturist, Japanese Garden
Seasonals & Volunteers
Maintain permanent and evaluation plants in both landscape and trial settings while providing an attractive area consisting of the Shida Evaluation Garden. This is a year-round, full-time position working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

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. Follow evaluation program guidelines while maintaining plants under evaluation.
• Facilitate communication with the manager, plant evaluation, by keeping him apprised of
week-to-week maintenance activities, providing anecdotal information regarding evaluation plant
performance, disease, insect and animal problems, and changes in inventory resulting from new
plantings, transfers and removals.
• Safely operate small equipment such as mowers, rototillers, sod cutters, leaf blowers, snow
blowers, and weed whips.
• Work with the Plant Collections team to develop, display, and document collections plants in
the garden including new accessions, removals, transfers and label requirements for display plants.
Label 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 Corporate Volunteers 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 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, and basic research.
• 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
• 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 horticultural experience, as determined by the Garden.
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• A valid driver’s license and be insurable by the garden.
*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. Work outside in all types of weather. Be comfortable working on a tall step ladder. Frequent standing, walking, sitting, bending, listening, speaking.
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.

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