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Chicago Botanic Garden-Custodian-Wed, 03/15/2023 - 2:02pm



Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe , IL 60022
United States
Illinois US

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Job Description 

Title: Custodian

Exemption Status: Non- Exempt

Department: Custodial Services

Reports to: Manager, Hospitality Services


The custodian is responsible for ensuring clean and well-maintained areas within the facilities of the Garden. The custodian will assist in setting up and cleaning up from special events and supporting other departments. There are four positions available, working 40 hours a week. The varying shift position - flexible to be part-time depending on availability.

Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (1 position)
Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (2 positions)
Wednesday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday hours vary throughout the year -e.g. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m./ 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m./ 12noon to 8:30 p.m. - (1 fulltime or flexible to be 2 part-time positions)

Duties & Responsibilities 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

Perform daily and weekly routine cleaning and custodial maintenance on building facilities
Remove trash and collect recyclables from all designated areas in the Garden
Set up and take down props and equipment and clean up from special events, classes, shows, parties, symposia etc.
Receive, document and distribute deliveries from specified dock areas to all areas on the grounds
Pick up and deliver various items from all buildings on grounds and storage areas off and on the grounds
Undertake special cleaning projects including cleaning carpets, waxing floors, scrubbing walls and cleaning glass.
Remove snow and use ice melt on sidewalks, porticoes, driveways, stairways, pedestrian entrances and classrooms at trailers (To be performed at designated areas.)
Assist the manager of Custodial Services in other areas as required.

Chicago Botanic Garden Values & Behaviors:
As an organization, we…

Prioritize a culture of GROWTH.
We commit to remaining curious in how we approach our work.

Create and maintain spaces for learning.
Test new ideas and are willing to take risks to achieve our vision.
Collaborate to strengthen our skills and impact.
Demonstrate perseverance and humility as we work toward our long-term impact.

We seek to understand others from their perspective.

Provide opportunities for input and feedback from others.
Actively listen to all points of view.
Consider individuals’ lived experiences.
Advocate for and protect time for reflection especially during times of conflict or confusion.

See one another through a lens of RESILIENCE.
We believe that all individuals can experience good outcomes with support.

Give others the space to balance work and personal needs.
Support others and demonstrate empathy especially during challenging and stressful times.
Seek opportunities to learn from and about one another.
Ask questions about and anticipate the needs of others.

We hold ourselves and others accountable by centering decision making that honors all people.

Communicate information in a timely manner.
Provide clarity in complex situations with the goal of common understanding.
Discuss both positive and negative outcomes openly.
Evaluate the impacts of our actions.

Education and Experience 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

Two years of custodial experience preferred
Ability to communicate effectively with other employees & visitors

Physical Demands:

Ability to operate floor equipment and must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 30 lbs, and be licensed driver insurable by the Chicago Botanic Garden.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*

Application Instructions 

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Why Apply?
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns. Please do not call this number to inquire about job postings or the status of your application, or with solicitations from companies or third-party recruiters.

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Mj Kim