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Mt. Prospect Park District was incorporated in June 1955, and is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Encompassing more than 454 acres, the Mt. Prospect Park District provides recreation programs, facilities and services to portions of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village, with a total population of 215,000.

We are currently searching for a full-time Horticulturist for our Friendship Park Conservatory. Under the supervision of the Conservatory Manager, The Horticulturist manages the day-to-day operations of the greenhouse and indoor atrium. Duties include horticultural practices that encourage overall plant health, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management practices. Additionally, the Horticulturist will select and order plant material, design and oversee the installation and maintenance of floral displays throughout the Park District, supervise greenhouse employees and volunteers, and create and present classes on horticulture topics.

DUTIES: Develop a maintenance schedule for all annual/perennial plants. Diagnose pest and/or environmental stress symptoms and take preventative/corrective action. Prepare, coordinate and conduct lectures and classes on horticulture related topics. Select and coordinate the District’s plant orders for all seasonal displays. Provide training and oversee staff members and volunteers. Develop work schedules and assist in the evaluation of employees. Research and recommend equipment and supply purchases. Work with the Golf Course Maintenance Department to install and maintain floral displays. Provide input for risk management on safety, security plans, policies and procedures pertaining to greenhouse operations. Supervise the implementation of safety standards. Be proficient in all Park District policies and procedures. Serve as a liaison to horticultural related groups and organizations. Participate special events throughout the Park District.

Perform all other duties as assigned by the Conservatory Department Manager, Director of Recreation, and/or Executive Director. However, in an emergency, perform all duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be at least 21 years of age. A minimum of an Associate Degree in Horticulture or three years field experience with proficiency in plant identification, pests and their controls. Must be able to communicate effectively with others to allow for the coordination of work, safety and in emergency situations if needed. Must possess or attain a valid Illinois Pesticide Applicators license within 60 days. Must possess a basic knowledge in the use of hand and power tools and other frequently used equipment. Must have ability to operate trucks and tractors. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must be able to work without supervision. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Physical Job Qualifications: Must be physically able to: frequently ascend/descend more than a 25% grade, lift 50 lbs. from a squat position, push/pull, reach, walk; occasionally balance, bend (must be able to bend at waist and touch the floor with fingertips), climb, crawl, crouch, kneel for long periods of time, sit, stoop; and constantly handle objects.

Due to the needs of the Park District, evening and weekend hours may be required. Your work schedule may vary and your workweek may exceed 40 hours at times.

Nothing contained herein shall preclude or limit the Park District from changing this written job description through addition, deletion or modification of essential job duties.

The pay for the full-time, non-exempt, Horticulturist position is commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive benefits packing including medical, dental, life insurance, disability, VSP vision plan, park district facility usage and discounts, 457 plan, IMRF benefits, and paid time off.

Interested candidates should apply online: https://www.applitrack.com/mppd/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Conservatory

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 Mt. Prospect Park District

 Contact

Mary Kiaupa
847-255-5380
mkiaupa@mppd.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $18.27 - $19.87/hour

PALATINE PARK DISTRICT FULL-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE

POSITION: Parks Maintenance 1 – Horticulture Crew/Mowing Team

JOB DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Horticulture Foreman, the Parks Maintenance I shall carry out general park maintenance of landscape, planting trees, shrubs and flowers, mowing, fertilizing trees and turf, sod installation, weed control, trimming, grading, operating special landscape equipment and work on irrigation equipment, making ice rinks and warming rooms and snow removal. In depth knowledge of annuals and perennials as well as care and maintenance. Work will include evenings and weekends when needed as well as assisting on special events, along with other Parks Department duties as assigned. Overtime will be required as needed. The Parks Maintenance I Horticulture Crew position is in the Parks Department and is a full-time, full-benefited non-exempt position.

QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduate and minimum two (2) years work experience in a field related to parks maintenance required. A valid State of Illinois driver’s license (CDL Class B) required within twelve (12) months of employment. A valid Illinois Department of Agriculture Pesticide Operators’ License required within twelve (12) months of employment. A basic knowledge of grounds and maintenance plus knowledge of hand tools, grounds equipment and operation of trucks and tractors is a necessity. A basic understanding of mowing, string line trimming and turf maintenance. Employment contingent upon successful criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen and physical. Palatine Park District participates in Department of Transportation random drug and alcohol testing program.

CONTACT: Apply on-line at www.palatineparks.org. Jobs/Job Opportunities, Full Time Opportunities

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $18.27 - $19.87 per hour depending on experience.

The Palatine Park District offers excellent benefits including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan and vacation & sick time and more.

The Palatine Park District is an Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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 Palatine Park District

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 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $19.88/hour

Responsibilities: The position is responsible for performing manual skilled and semi-skilled maintenance tasks including, but not limited to; routine landscaping, light construction, snow removal, tree and shrub maintenance, custodial work, athletic field preparation, planting, painting, maintaining outdoor ice rinks, beach cleaning, garbage removal, equipment repairs, pesticide applications, maintenance of pavement and paths, weeding, turf maintenance, cleaning of park restrooms, various horticultural tasks and supervision of seasonal/part-time staff. Assist specialists with all aspects of building and facilities (i.e., work in carpentry, minor plumbing, minor electrical, masonry, painting) as needed. Provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers, including staff and park patrons.

Qualifications: Successful applicants should possess a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid drivers’ license and be a minimum of 18 years of age. Landscaping experience, athletic field preparation and/or maintenance or trades certification and/or education preferred. Position requires operation of power tools and machinery. Must possess strong interpersonal skills, be able to work independently or as part of a team and have good verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and pass a post offer, pre-employment physical and drug screen. Ability to work cooperatively with public in a customer service-oriented agency in various weather conditions year-round required.

Opportunities: 2 positions are available:

• 1 – General Park Maintenance

• 1 – General Park Maintenance with focus on athletic fields (in season)

Hours: Normal workweek is Sunday through Thursday. Typically 40 hours per week. Hours and schedules may vary depending on seasonal workloads and needs.

Benefits: Excellent benefit package including health, dental, and pension.

Apply: To apply, please visit our website at www.pdhp.org to submit an application and supporting documents (such as a resume and cover letter).

E.O.E: The Park District of Highland Park is an equal opportunity employer.

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 Park District of Highland Park

 Contact

Renee Brainerd
847.579.3117
rbrainerd@pdhp.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Annual salary starts at $38,700 ($18.50 hour)

Description: The Park Specialist II is responsible for performing general park maintenance duties throughout the District.

Job Summary: The individual serves as the lead on all turf grass and tree care maintenance. The position is responsible for District-wide tree hazard assessment, pruning, planting, watering, and removals. As well as all turf grass fertilization, aeration, seeding, irrigation systems, restorations, sodding, etc. Additional duties include, but are not limited to trash removal, athletic field maintenance, parking lot repairs, special events, and snow removal.

Qualifications: Prior experience managing and performing turf grass maintenance and arboriculture and the associated equipment are preferred. The position requires candidates to be able to obtain a valid Illinois Pesticide Operator’s license, CPR/AED certification, and Illinois CDL “C” license upon employment.

Schedule: The Park Specialist II works a schedule of Monday through Friday (6:30 am to 3:00 pm) with overtime for seasonal maintenance, special events, and snow removal.

Benefits We Offer In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefits package, including: • Medical Insurance • Dental Insurance • Vision Insurance • Life Insurance • Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • 457 Plan / Defined Contribution Plan • Paid Time Off • Park District Facility Discounts an Usage Benefits

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 Elmhurst Park District

 Contact

Dan Payne
630-993-8940
dpayne@epd.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Annual salary starts at $38,700 ($18.50 hour)

Description: The Park Specialist II is responsible for performing general park maintenance duties throughout the District.

Job Summary: The individual serves as one of the mowing crew leads for their assigned route and supervises 2-3 seasonal staff members. The position is responsible for all mowing, trimming, edging, blowing, and herbicide applications on their assigned route along with spring and fall cleanups. Additional duties include, but are not limited to tree removal and pruning, turf renovations, trash removal, mulching beds and tree rings, athletic field maintenance, parking lot repairs, special events, and snow removal.

Qualifications: Prior experience with leading a mowing crew, park maintenance, and mowing equipment operation/repair are preferred. The position requires candidates to be able to obtain a valid Illinois Pesticide Operator’s license, CPR/AED certification, and Illinois CDL “C” license upon employment.

Schedule:
The Park Specialist II works a schedule of Monday through Friday (6:30 am to 3:00 pm) with overtime for pre/post season cleanup, special events, and snow removal.

Benefits We Offer In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefits package, including: • Medical Insurance • Dental Insurance • Vision Insurance • Life Insurance • Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • 457 Plan / Defined Contribution Plan • Paid Time Off • Park District Facility Discounts an Usage Benefits

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 Elmhurst Park District

 Contact

Dan Payne
630-993-8940
dpayne@epd.org

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled