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Southern Region of North America Secretary: Donna Foster

Horticulturist I

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned, nonprofit institution dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. We welcome more than 1.1 million guests every year to our 1,7181,718-acre in the western suburbs of Chicago with about 16 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of roads, and 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 plant taxa that are cared for in our landscapes, collections, and natural areas. We are seeking a horticulturist to join our team to maintain assigned collections in excellent horticultural and aesthetic condition. The successful candidate will be able to work outside in all weather conditions alone or as part of a team. Must have exceptional time management and data-keeping skills with the ability to oversee temporary employees and volunteers.

Position Summary: Maintain assigned garden(s) or collection(s) in excellent horticultural and aesthetic condition.

Essential Functions:

  • Communicate with supervisor to understand and achieve individual garden and collection objectives.
  • Perform all functions involved in the care of a specified area, including:
  1. planting, dividing, and transplanting trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and herbaceous plants
  2. weeding, mulching, and watering
  3. cultivating and fertilizing
  4. pruning and arboricultural work, removing dead and diseased wood, and dead plants
  5. hedge trimming
  6. edging beds, brush cutting
  7. removing litter, twigs, leaves and other material from assigned and adjacent areas
  8. safe and proper use of pesticides and pesticide mixing/storage facility
  9. invasive species surveillance and control
  10. monitoring and controlling threatening insects, diseases, and nuisance animals
  11. record keeping; installing and maintaining proper plant labels
  • Assist in selecting, designing, and determining site location for plants in gardens and collections.
  • Learn, understand, and demonstrate the ability to safely operate and maintain all motorized equipment according to the operator manuals. Responsible for proper operation and maintenance of tools and equipment used in daily work.
  • Work with, oversee, and advise supervisor as to the quality of the performance of assigned seasonal employees, contractors, or volunteers.
  • Notify the appropriate supervisor of necessary repairs to garden features, irrigation systems, equipment, or hardscapes in an assigned garden or collection.
  • Prepare and maintain assigned garden or collection for special events, exhibitions, and other large-scale grounds projects.
  • Participate in snow removal operations, including snow shoveling, snow blowing, and application of deicing materials.
  • May assist in the maintenance of natural areas, including prescribed burns and winter clearing.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications: Associate degree in horticulture or a related field required. 9+ months of relevant work experience required. In lieu of this, 3+ years of demonstrated practical work experience in horticulture or a related field required. Strong interest in outdoor plants and their proper culture and care. Must be able to identify major plant genera, know growth characteristics, and horticultural requirements of plants. Must be able to safely operate essential equipment and tools, and have a basic understanding of them, including the care and maintenance. Must become certified and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR (classes provided). Must be able to obtain and maintain an Illinois Pesticide Operator's License. May be asked to obtain Chicago Wilderness Prescribed Burn Training certificate. Must be able to obtain a Class C Commercial Driver’s License, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Basic proficiency with Google applications beneficial.

    Success Factors: Ability to perform physically demanding work outside in all weather conditions. Willingness to work alone or as part of a team. Effective time management skills. Ability to guide and give direction to assigned seasonal employees, contractors, and volunteers. Customer service oriented with the ability to relate effectively with persons internal and external to the Arboretum.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires significant physical activity: limited lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted) carrying (up to 30-50 lbs.), bending, climbing (up to 15 ft.), walking over varied terrain. Sense of vision and hearing in the normal range with or without correction. Sense of touch and the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment required.
  • Work Environment: Work is performed primarily outdoors in all weather conditions. Exposure to loud, prolonged noises and/or vibrations.
  • Equipment: Horticulture hand and power tools, landscape equipment, pesticides and related application equipment, irrigation controller, snow removal equipment, prescribed burn equipment, chipper, dump truck, front-end loader, mower, tractor, wheelbarrow, van, utility vehicle, aerial bucket truck, two-way radio, general office equipment.
  • Schedule: Work requires occasional evening, weekend, and holiday hours depending on the season.

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Grower

The Morton Arboretum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the planting and protecting of trees both locally and globally. Be a part of this important mission as a member of the plant propagation team, growing and propagating trees and plants from inception. The Grower is part of a dedicated team of full and part-time staff working to make the Arboretum exceptional, and the world a greener, healthier and more beautiful place.

Position Summary: Responsible for propagating and growing plants for the Arboretum collections, landscapes, gardens, plant breeding, and research. Assist the Plant Production Supervisor and Manager of Plant Production and Nuisance Animal Control with projects and responsibilities as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the assigned area(s) of the Plant Production’s growing facilities and the health and quality of the plants produced in those areas.
  • Provide proper cultural care for plants in assigned production areas, including potting, growing media preparation, pruning, fertilizing, watering, monitoring and maintaining proper environmental conditions in growing facilities and irrigation system operation and maintenance.
  • Carry out plant propagation, including seed cleaning and sowing, cutting production, and grafting.
  • Maintain nurseries by performing the following duties: bed preparation, planting, digging, cultivating, mowing, fence maintenance, labeling and inventory.
  • Control weed, insect, animal, and disease problems in greenhouse and nursery production areas using appropriate cultural and chemical control methods.
  • Assist with maintenance of plant production facilities and equipment. Use proper care, and storage of plant production tools and equipment.
  • Lead projects in assigned area(s) including the staff and volunteers assigned to assist in area(s), in order to meet project outcomes and deadlines.
  • Assist fellow Growers with the accomplishment of projects, goals and objectives throughout the department when needed based on departmental priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, greenhouse and nursery management programs preferred. 9+ months of relevant work experience during or following academic training required. In lieu of this, a comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual. Basic understanding of plant growth and interaction with varying environmental conditions required. Ability to operate machinery and equipment used in nursery and greenhouse management. Must be able to obtain and maintain certification as a pesticide Operator in the State of Illinois, capable of wearing a respirator while working. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications beneficial.
Success Factors: Ability to work efficiently and be comfortable working independently or as part of a team. Strong attention to detail. Ability to understand plant growth and culture and observe responses to success. Ability to work with and apply pesticides. Physical strength and stamina to perform tasks associated with nursery and greenhouse production.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires regular amount of physical activity: some lifting and carrying (up to 60 lbs. assisted), bending, climbing (up to 8 ft.), pushing, pulling, standing or sitting for prolonged periods, walking, and kneeling. Sense of vision in the normal range with or without correction. Sense of touch and the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment required.
  • Work Environment: Work is performed in a combination of indoors and outdoors, sometimes in hot greenhouse environments.
  • Equipment: General office equipment, typical plant care and growing equipment, greenhouse and environmental controls, hand and power tools, Arboretum pick-up truck and utility cart, commercial riding mower, skid steer tractor, front loader, and PTO equipment.
  • Schedule: Must be able to work occasional weekends and holidays, collectively or in rotation with other employees to maintain plants in production facilities.

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Yew Dell Nursery and Greenhouse Manager

The Nursery and Greenhouse Manager will work with the Director of Horticulture and Facilities as well as the horticulture team to help acquire, evaluate and educate the public about superior garden and landscape plants. The Nursery and Greenhouse Manager will assist in leading the organization’s production, growing and sales operations. The Nursery and Greenhouse manager will have a unique opportunity to get better plants into the green industry as well as working with a progressive team devoted to improving horticultural products and practices in the region.

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