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Oak Park Conservatory-Greenhouse Supervisor-Wed, 01/09/2019 - 3:48pm

Greenhouse Supervisor


Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield Street
Oak Park , IL 60304

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Job Description 

The Horticulture Green House Supervisor oversees the daily horticulture operations of the Oak Park Conservatory, specialty gardens, and oversees the care of the Conservatory’s bee aviary, tropical fish & bird collection. Horticulture operations include: design, organization, scheduling, production and maintenance of all plant materials in the Conservatory collection, parks, gift shop, programs and annual plant sale.

Duties & Responsibilities 

In order to effectively perform the functions of this position, the Horticulture Green House Supervisor shall assume the following responsibilities and associated duties:

1. Supervises ongoing production and maintenance of Conservatory collection & production greenhouses with emphasis on weeding, watering, fertilization, pruning, and pest control
2. Leads the implementation of the Park District of Oak Park’s integrated pest management program including the acquisition, application, and monitoring of biological controls, application of chemical pest controls, and applicable record keeping
3. Supervises technical, mechanical, and general greenhouse upkeep; manages showroom and greenhouse climate control systems
4. Supervises maintenance and upkeep of Conservatory’s tropical bird & fish as well as bee hives
5. Supervises the maintenance of Cheney Mansion & Pleasant Home gardens, and gardens at the Conservatory.
6. Prepares and delivers workshops on horticultural topics based on background, expertise, education, and/or certification
7. Supervises operations at the Conservatory as assigned
8. Advises on the maintenance of the Conservatory’s plant collection
9. Supervises the weekly University of Illinois Ask a Master Gardener Help Desk
10. Coordinates with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory volunteer coordinator
11. Coordinates with Park District staff regarding horticultural operations at the Conservatory and selected parks and/or facilities
12. Plans, selects, purchases, and produces plant materials for the Conservatory collection, parks, gift shop, programs and annual FOPCON plant sale.
13. Maintains daily production records that include records of plant production factors (i.e. temperature, water, pests, fertilization, etc.), crop production timing, environmental control system settings, and all other appropriate production records
14. Maintains inventory and records for chemical storage room
15. Trains, supervises, and assigns work to Part-time and seasonal employees, and volunteers.
16. Supervises and evaluates job performance of assigned staff on a continual basis and takes immediate action to recognize achievements and correct/address deficiencies or problems
17. Performs volunteer evaluations & coordinates with the Friends of the Oak Park volunteer coordinator
18. Uses, operates, and maintains horticultural tools and equipment; oversees the use and safe operation of horticultural tools and equipment by part-time, seasonal staff, and volunteers.
19. Acts as a leader and nurtures a work culture that promotes open, frequent, and dynamic communication and promotes teamwork to accomplish goals and objectives
20. Becomes familiar with the personnel policies and manual of the Park District in order to facilitate routine day-to-day human resource matters
21. Develops, tracks, and monitors budgets for Conservatory horticulture operations to ensure fiscal responsibility while meeting facility and Park District goals
22. Purchases, maintains, and inventories horticulture-related supplies and equipment within budgetary allowances
23. Completes accident and incident reports in a timely manner
24. Promotes an environment of safe work habits and active participation in the Park District’s risk management and safety programs
25. Maintains a complete actionable understanding of the Park District’s emergency action plans (EAPs); acts as a leader (as assigned) in the execution of EAPs when required

Education and Experience 

Knowledge, Skill, and Work Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field, or 5 years’ experience producing plant material, or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Work Experience required 3 years of growing plant material in a production greenhouse, nursery, or greenhouse collection.
• Broad knowledge of annual, perennial, tropical, xeric, native and woody plant material including cultural growing requirements
• Knowledge of principles and implementation of integrated pest management
• Knowledge of greenhouse management and operations
• Ability to operate medium and light horticultural machinery
• Ability to maintain multiple projects in a dynamic environment
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
• Experience leading a group of volunteers, or staff.
• Strong sense of self-motivation and independent work habits
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and problem solve
• Valid Illinois Pesticide Applicators license or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment
• Must possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License
• Certification in advanced Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) within 3 months of employment
• Should be in good physical condition and strength to lift up to 50 pounds without accommodation and 100 pounds with accommodation

Application Instructions 

To apply for this position, please submit your application at

Full Name 
Patti Staley