The Landscape Specialist serves as a primary resource for the planting and maintenance of displays in the Conservatory showrooms and landscapes in all parks and/or facilities and reports to the Horticulture Supervisor. This work includes: planting and maintenance of annual and perennial beds, shrubs and trees, and seasonal cleanup operations in our parks.
In order to effectively perform the functions of this position, the Landscape Specialist shall assume the following responsibilities and associated duties:
Implements planting designs and maintenance practices for landscapes in all parks and/or facilities including tiling, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and pest management
Assists Horticulture Supervisor with maintenance and upkeep of Conservatory showrooms, production greenhouses, and operations areas (i.e., watering, fertilizing, pruning, weeding, sweeping, etc.) including all exterior landscapes and landscape features (i.e., ponds, irrigation systems, planters, etc.)
Assists Buildings & Grounds Department with snow removal at the Conservatory and other Park District parks and/or facilities as needed
Ensure that all installation work is performed in accordance with industry and park district standards.
Answers horticulture-related questions from the public based on background, expertise, education, and/or certification
Coordinates with Park District staff regarding horticultural operations at the Conservatory and selected parks and/or facilities
Trains, supervises, and assigns works to seasonal employees
Uses, operates, and maintains horticultural tools and equipment; oversees the use and safe operation of horticultural tools and equipment by part-time and seasonal staff and volunteers. Assists in maintaining the inventory of horticultural tools and equipment.
Acts as a leader and nurtures a work culture that promotes open, frequent, and dynamic communication and promotes teamwork to accomplish goals and objectives
Becomes familiar with the personnel policies and manual of the Park District.
Completes accident and incident reports in a timely manner
Promotes an environment of safe work habits and active participation in the Park District’s risk management and safety programs
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
Knowledge, Skill, and Work Experience:
Associate’s Degree (2 year) in Horticulture or related field, or 3 years’ experience as landscape laborer/foreman, project manager, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Knowledge of principles and implementation of integrated pest management
Broad knowledge of annual, perennial, native and woody plant material, including trees, shrubs and cultural requirements
Ability to operate medium and light horticultural machinery
Ability to maintain multiple projects in a dynamic environment
Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
Strong sense of self-motivation and independent work habits
Ability to organize, prioritize, and problem solve
Valid Illinois Pesticide Applications license or ability to obtain within 3 months of employment
Certification in advanced Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) within 1 months of employment and keep certification current. The District provides this training.
Physical fitness and strength to lift up to 50 pounds without accommodation and 100 pounds with accommodation
Valid Illinois State drivers’ license and good driving record. Must maintain valid driver's license at all times. Must pass a pre-employment drug test. This position is part of a random drug test program.