In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Assist horticulturists and plant healthcare staff with routine garden maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning, mowing, planting, deadheading, grooming perennials, spraying, mulching, labeling, fertilizing, and removing debris
- Assist plant production staff with transplanting, watering, weeding, sowing seeds, taking cuttings, spacing pots, pinching, fertilizing, potting, delivering plants, pruning, and staking.
- Attend design reviews of display gardens and grounds and reviews of proposed annual displays for displays when possible.
- Duties as assigned by other departments.
- Prepare and present a 10-minute lecture on your internship experience to the horticulture division.
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 on Garden grounds 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:
- Be able to work for six months. Start date is flexible.
- Be enrolled in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in garden maintenance. Candidates within a year of their graduation will also be considered.
- Be able to work in a fast-paced work environment.
- Have good communication and interpersonal skills.
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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