Supervisor, Carpentry

Requisition Number: 
Construction & Maintenance
Job Status: 
Reports to: 
Manager, Construction & Maintenance
Carpenters & Laborer
Supervise and perform carpentry in all areas and provide supervisory backup when needed in other areas. This is a year-round, full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Plan, design, and schedule carpentry projects.
  • Handle all painting, patching, sealing, wallpapering, and also repairing benches, posts, birdhouses, and repair and installation of new signs.
  • Responsible for in-house office construction and remodeling.
  • Responsible for the upkeep and repair of fences, gates, roads, and sidewalks as well as other general construction.
  • Purchase and maintain all carpenter shop equipment, tools, and lift truck.
  • Plan, construct, and maintain all show props.
  • Assist the manager of Construction and Maintenance in other areas as directed.

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:

  • Minimum of three years' supervisory experience.
  • Ability to build intricate show props, cabinets, and shelves as well as rough carpentry and concrete work.
  • Able to read blueprints and make shop drawings.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*


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Physical Demands: 
Frequent, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, lifting, pushing. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Licensed driver insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
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.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

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, or 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.