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AQUATIC PLANT MAINTENANCE
Chicago Botanic Garden
Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Seasonal Employment Opportunity
AQUATIC PLANT MAINTENANCE
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
The Chicago Botanic Garden is now accepting applications for seasonal employment within our Aquatic Plant & Urban Lake Studies Program. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials soon – preferably by February 8, 2013.
Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 81 acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands. Over the past decade, nearly ½ million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been introduced along over four miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings (representing 200 native plant taxa) have been extremely effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat, and they now serve as a research site for cutting-edge scientific study. Most recently, the North Lake shoreline restoration project was completed in 2012 and added 120,000 new plants to our shoreline – visit www.chicagobotanic.org/research/shoreline/north_lake.php for more information.
The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff will work closely with the Garden's Director of Restoration Ecology and the Aquatic Plant Specialist 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, horticulture, or closely related fields. Candidates must have 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 and have an ability to lift and carry 35 pounds.
The 2013 employment term for these positions begins in April/May and continues through at least August, with several workers’ schedules expected to extend until mid-December. The compensation rate is $11.00 per hour. Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 6:30 am – 3:00 pm. Paid holidays and one personal day per four months of employment are provided.
To be considered for this position, please email an introduction letter and detailed resume to Bob Kirschner at the Chicago Botanic Garden: firstname.lastname@example.org. No telephone calls, please. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by February 8, 2013.
To learn more about the Chicago Botanic Garden, visit www.chicagobotanic.org