Help manage the Chicago Botanic Garden's 15-acre prairie and 22-acre river corridor natural areas.
- Removal of invasive weeds, including applying herbicides, brush cutting and removal, digging, mowing, and removing debris (raking and hauling), deadheading, etc.
- Planting, watering, seed collecting and cleaning, seed nursery maintenance, seed dispersal, path clearance, litter pick-up, and other activities related to the development and management of the natural communities.
- Participation in prescribed burns.
- Supervision of volunteers.
- Operation of small power tools including mowers, hedge trimmers, water pumps, herbicide sprayers, and hand tools. Care and responsibility for Garden tools and machines is expected.
- Identification of native flora encountered.
- Assisting with plant surveys, data entry, recordkeeping, and other miscellaneous office work and organizational tasks as needed.
Bachelor's degree and/or experience in restoration management, ecology, or the equivalent. Some work experience desired, but not required. Proven strong work ethic. Some knowledge of local flora and an interest and ability to learn additional species encountered. An interest in learning various aspects of restoration management. Must have an ability to carry out assignments with little supervision. An ability to work alone for long hours outdoors performing reptitive, arduous tasks under inclement conditions (heat, rain, mosquitoes, poison ivy, allergens, wasps) as well as in team situations. An ability to operate small power toosl. Experience using herbicides in the removal of invasive species desired but not required.
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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.