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Assistant Horticulturist Entrance Gardens
Chicago Botanic Garden
Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
CHICAGO HORTICUTURAL SOCIETY POSITION DESCRIPTION
ASSISTANT HORTICULTURIST, ENTRANCE GARDENS
Make a great first impression on visitors to The Garden by maintaining the first gardens they see upon arrival at the highest level. Main areas of responsibility include the Barbara Carr Administration Center and Entrance Gardens.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:
Assist with the maintenance of gardens with a focus on the Administration Center, path from the Administration Center to the Growing Garden and Entrance Gardens through weeding, watering, dead heading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, applying herbicides, maintaining and inventorying tools.
Assist the Senior Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens with developing designs, selecting and ordering plants for annual and permanent displays within the Garden.
Provide current information to the Supervisor, Plant Records regarding plant accessions, removals, transfers and label requirements. Label plants and assist with installation of accession tags.
Serve as a horticultural resource for the Garden by leading tours, giving demonstrations, answering visitor and staff questions and serving on planning teams.
Work weekends on a rotational basis.
Inform the Supervisor, Plant Health Care of disease, insect, animal and weed problems.
Perform in a Horticulturist’s capacity when called upon to do so.
Assist with other projects such as events as requested.
Maintain a moderate level of computer literacy for purposes of interdepartmental documentation and communication.
Senior Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens
Seasonals, Volunteers, Interns
Horticulture Services, Display Gardens, Plant Production, Visitor Operations and Programs, Maintenance, Public Relations, Collections, Education.
Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or commensurate experience with two years experience in landscape maintenance and installation. Good communication skills - written and verbal. Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs. Work occasional overtime, weekends and evenings. Maintain appropriate current pesticide applicator license.
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