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Shoreline Maintenance A-B

Requisition Number: 
601
Department: 
Restoration Ecology - Aquatics
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Full-time
Overview: 
Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres of lakes. Over the last 18 years, 500,000 native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings (representing 240 native plant taxa) have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Maintain aesthetic shoreline conditions throughout the Garden’s lake system.
  • Remove nuisance plant and algae growth as well as litter, debris, and occasional nuisance fish/wildlife.
  • Wear waders (provided by the Garden) and access the shoreline via rowboats and/or walking along the shoreline edge.
  • Gasoline-powered weed trimmers are occasionally used.

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:

  • Exceptional work ethic.
  • Function well within both team and individual work assignments (sometimes with minimal supervision).
  • Possess a high comfort level being in and around water along with an ability to swim should the need arise in an emergency.

When you submit your application, please be sure to also include a detailed letter of introduction. 

Physical Demands: 
Employees must be comfortable operating row boats and trolling motors, be able to walk on an uneven lake bottom and bend over for extended periods of time (e.g., cutting/raking aquatic weeds), and have an ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.
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.

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.