Seasonal Full-time Landscaper (March-October)
Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
Responsible for all aspects of grounds maintenance to help ensure an attractive
atmosphere for the public. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the set-up,
tear down and cleaning tasks associated with rental events and special events held on
the grounds and in facilities. This position will work 40 hours a week from March 1st to
October 31st. Regular weekend work is required.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s mission is to maintain a living museum for the
enjoyment, education and inspiration of all people. Founded in 1989, the organization
has since maintained and operated the 155-acre property located at 2715 S. Main
Street in Rockford, Illinois in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago
County. The property was originally established as Rockford Nurseries in the 1920s,
and was operated as a nursery until 1985, when the land was donated to the Forest
Preserves with the stipulation that it be maintained in perpetuity as an arboretum and
Today, Klehm serves over 30,000 visitors annually and offers a wide variety of
programs, workshops and seminars on gardening, nature, horticulture and other topics
throughout the year. Klehm hosts specific programs for youth, offering opportunities to
explore, learn and grow their knowledge of plants, gardens, trees and the environment.
In addition, the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden offers unique opportunities for children
and families to engage in natural play. Tours and programs are regularly offered to
support not only life-long learning for adult visitors, but education for visitors of all ages
regarding the benefits and unique nature of the trees and plants found throughout the
grounds and gardens.
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Inc is an equal opportunity employer
Duties & Responsibilities
Landscaping duties that support the care of grounds and gardens, including but
not limited to weeding, raking, string trimming, mowing, pruning, planting,
digging, clearing brush, mulching and irrigation repair.
Performing general grounds cleanup such as trash & brush removal
Installing and removing fall seasonal decorations and lighting – wrapping trees,
shrubs and landscaping elements with string lights, installing floodlights, etc.
Interacting in a polite, helpful and positive fashion with members of the public,
volunteers, guests and others utilizing grounds and facilities.
Working in a team-oriented atmosphere to accomplish overall goals, along with
ability to work independently to accomplish specific assigned tasks.
Assist with light janitorial duties as needed
Education and Experience
High school graduate or GED equivalent, or current enrollment in a program toward the
pursuit of GED equivalent.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Landscaping experience and experience operating lawn & garden equipment preferred.
LANGUAGE & MATH SKILLS: English-language speaking skills necessary.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless undue hardship
and/or a direct threat to the health and/or safety of the individual or others would result.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand;
walk; use hands to finger or handle; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance;
stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must
frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job
include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception,
and ability to adjust focus. Must be able and willing to operate power equipment and
climb a ladder for purposes of installing & removing lights upon trees.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed out-of-doors and indoors in all weather
Please fill out our application which can be found here: https://klehm.org/join-our-team/
Please send a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a cover letter and resume.
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Inc is an equal opportunity employer.Application Deadline:
April 1, 2024