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Plant Collections Specialist
Category: Horticulture

Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013





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

Position Overview

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




Physical Demands:

Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Why Apply?.

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.

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