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Shoreline Maintenance A-B

Requisition Number: 
Restoration Ecology-Aquatics
Job Status: 
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 past 17 years, a half-million 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 by removing nuisance plant and algae growth as well as litter, debris, and occasional nuisance fish/wildlife.
  • The daily routine includes wearing waders (provided by the Garden) and accessing the shoreline via rowboats and/or walking along the shoreline edge. Gasoline-powered weed trimmers are occasionally used.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Must have an exceptional work ethic, function well within both team and individual work assignments (sometimes with minimal supervision), and 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 include a detailed letter of introduction.
Physical Demands: 
Employees must be comfortable operating rowboats and trolling motors, be able to walk on an uneven lake bottom and bend over 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.