Assistant Horticulturist

Requisition Number: 
202 A-H
Department: 
Display Gardens
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Full-time
Overview: 
The assistant horticulturist, seasonal, works closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in different display gardens, with high attention to detail. The assistant horticulturists will spend most of their time working out in the gardens and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. There are eight positions that will be working in different areas with responsibilities such as using organic gardening methods for maintaining the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, maintaining native plants in the Native Plant Garden, tending to large drifts of perennials on Evening Island, maintaining perennial borders in the Farwell Landscape Garden and English Walled Garden, training pines on the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, maintaining roses in the Krasberg Rose Garden, tending annual borders in the Circle Garden, and maintaining plants on the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center green roof.
Purpose: 

To maintain an attractive area for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
  1. Lead crews under the direction of the horticulturist or senior horticulturist and perform general landscape maintenance and installation, consisting of tasks such as weeding, watering, deadheading, grooming perennials, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, removing snow, and maintaining tools.
  2. Respond to public and staff questions for general information.
  3. Provide current information to the horticulturists regarding plant accessions, removals, transfers, and label requirements. Label plants and assist with installation of accession tags.
  4. Inform the horticulturists of disease, insect, animal, and weed problems.
  5. Assist with special events and festivals.
Qualifications: 

Completed horticulture training program or classes with experience in landscape maintenance and installation. Good communication skills—written and verbal. Able to lead small crews in maintaining gardens.

Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry up to 50 pounds. Must be comfortable working on step ladders.
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.