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Aquatic Plant Maintenance (Seasonal)

Job ID: 21003

SalaryApproximate Hours Per Week
EmployerDate Posted
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Illinois United States
January 06, 2014
Position TypeApplications Accepted Until
Non-Degreed PositionsMarch 14, 2014
Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 81 acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands. Over the past 13 years, nearly ½-million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings (representing 200+ native plant taxa) have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat, and they now serve as a research site for scientific study. Most recently, the award-winning North Lake Shoreline Restoration Project added 120,000 new plants to our shoreline - visit for more information. The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff work closely with the Garden's Director of Restoration Ecology and the Assistant Ecologist, Lakes to maintain these new shoreline plantings. Typical work responsibilities for this position include removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, plant community documentation, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant communities and aesthetic shoreline conditions. Staff in this position are provided with an exceptional opportunity to learn native wetland plant identification and gain a better understanding of lake shoreline erosion control strategies and shoreline ecology.

Candidates for this position should have coursework and/or work experience in botany, environmental studies, aquatic horticulture, or closely related fields. Candidates must have a strong work ethic, a high comfort level being in and around water, and an ability to swim should the need arise in an emergency. Employees must be comfortable operating row boats and trolling motors, be able to bend over for extended periods of time (e.g., pulling weeds), and have an ability to lift and carry 35 pounds.

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please email an introduction letter and detailed resume to Bob Kirschner at the Chicago Botanic Garden:

No telephone calls, please.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by March 14, 2014.