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Plant Collections Specialist
Chicago Botanic Garden
Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
CHICAGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY POSITION DESCRIPTION
Title: Plant Collections Specialist
Exemption Status: non-exempt
Department: Garden Operations
Reports to: Director of the Garden
Regular or Seasonal:Seasonal
Full-time or Part-time:Full-time
Supervises: Volunteers, as appropriate
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Assist the Curators of Woody and Herbaceous Perennial Plants in data gathering and analysis of the Garden’s plant collections
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
· Perform literature research, review current Collection holdings, and determine redundancy, commercial availability, and nativity of taxa.
· Develop list of new acquisitions and sources for the Garden’s plant collections.
· Help evaluate over 3,300 existing plants from foreign expeditions for quantity, health, locations, and provenance-based adaptability
· Denote in Specialized Collections database targeted acquisitions, potential countries/regions, and commercial sources for additions to the Specialized Collections
· Conduct “weed risk assessment” for plants targeted and collected on expeditions
· Create and produce high quality reports
· Other curatorial duties as assigned
Our ideal candidate will have:
- Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture or botany preferred
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Excel software
- Knowledge in plants required
- Detail oriented with strong communication and organizational skills
Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
For almost 40 years, our employees have worked to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. Come work in a setting that is like no other. Take the first step towards being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Apply today.
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.