Senior Horticulturist, Malott Japanese Garden

Requisition Number: 
Display Gardens
Job Status: 
Coordinate the development and maintenance of display gardens of the highest quality for the education and enjoyment of visitors. Provide horticultural expertise to the public about gardening.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinate, monitor, and implement the maintenance programs for the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, Plant Evaluation Gardens, Rainfall Glen, Green Roof Garden, and Evening Island to ensure the proper care and development of collections.
  • Maintain the Malott Japanese Garden through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, pruning, removing debris, edging, mowing, mulching, and removing snow.
  • Organize and oversee special projects as needed while maintaining the highest standards of quality, productivity, and safety.
  • Collaborate with the supervisor of plant health care in developing and refining plant health care for the area. Inform the supervisor of disease, insect, animal, and weed problems.
  • Collaborate with the director of volunteer services to develop and maintain a smooth and efficiently run volunteer program. Identify volunteer needs and recruit, train, and provide instruction for assignments.
  • Assist with the installation and maintenance of Garden exhibitions such as Wonderland Express and the Orchid Show.
  • Work with the director of horticulture to provide cost projections for budget needs. Work with an assigned budget for plants, tools, and operating expenses.
  • Notify the Maintenance Department of necessary repairs to garden features and equipment by using a work order.
  • Maintain a high level of computer literacy for purposes of interdepartmental documentation and communication.
  • Safely operate small equipment such as mowers, rototillers, sod cutters, leaf blowers, snow blowers, and weed whips.
  • Work with the director of horticulture to perform normal supervisory functions of hiring, firing, evaluating performance, training, counseling, budgeting, prioritizing, and directing staff in work assignments.
  • Develop designs and select and order plants for annual and permanent displays with the approval of the executive vice president and director of the Garden and the director of horticulture.
  • Serve as a horticultural resource for the Garden by teaching for the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, leading tours, answering visitor and staff questions, writing articles, serving on planning teams, doing demonstrations, and giving media interviews.
  • Provide current information to the supervisor of plant records regarding plant accessions, removals, transfers, and label requirements for display plants. Label plant material in a timely manner and assist with installing accession tags.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Associates degree in horticulture or commensurate experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Two years of supervisory experience in landscape installation and maintenance.
  • A valid driver’s license (and be insurable by the Garden).
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 pounds, and to work outside in all types of weather.
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.