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 $24.75 - $26.75 per hour depending upon qualifications

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Description: The Park Ridge District has an opening for Full-time Park Operations technician to assist in the physical maintenance of the district’s buildings and grounds.

Duties include general landscape maintenance; including operating heavy equipment, applying pesticides, making electrical repairs on outdoor lighting and timers, general park and facility maintenance using various tools and physical labor. Duties also involve contact with the general public and Park District staff, a pleasant demeanor and good judgment must be exercised in dealing with a broad variety of assignments. This position will be responsible for leading full and/or part time crew members in the completion work assigned. Position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73.

Qualifications: Playground Safety Inspector certification or the ability to become certified within one year of employment plus a basic familiarity with playgrounds. Landscape maintenance experience is necessary. Selected candidate needs to be a minimum of 21 years of age in order to operate power equipment and the ability to regularly lift objects up to 50 pounds. Due to the lifting requirement, selected individuals will be required to take a post-offer back assessment/lift test.

Education: Two or three years of occupationally specific training beyond high school or an Associate’s degree

Availability: Five days per week, generally Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Due to the nature of this position it is sometimes necessary to amend work hours to include overtime, weekends, early mornings and late evenings.

This is a pension eligible position (IMRF). We offer a generous health plan effective the first day of employment in addition to many other benefits.

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 Park Ridge Park District


Kristi Solberg

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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Seasonal Horticulture Technicians (Multiple Part-time Openings)

Department: Horticulture Location: Wheaton, IL

About Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails, a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities, and a championship golf course.

Created by renowned landscape architect Franz Lipp, the 29 acres of formal gardens at Cantigny are a horticultural masterpiece. Cantigny possesses one of the largest display gardens in the Midwest with more than 160,000 annuals, perennials, ground covers and flowering shrubs and trees. Cantigny’s gardens are a source of education, recreation and inspiration to thousands of visitors annually.

The greenhouse is an impressive 18,000 sq. ft. and produces all of Cantigny's annual flowers and other unique, hard to find plant material. In any of these positions, you will gain hands-on experience with the professional staff of the Cantigny Park Greenhouse who are experts in the field of public horticulture. Cantigny Park is a unique environment where beauty is everywhere.


The Horticulture Department at Cantigny Park currently has several seasonal openings for greenhouse, garden, forestry, turf, and construction technicians. These are exciting opportunities for anyone who loves to work with plants, enjoys working in a creative environment and with people. Candidates must be self-driven and open-minded, with a deep interest in horticulture, ecology, and plant physiology. There are multiple positions available. Please see each summary below to determine which role fits best with your interests and skills.


Greenhouse Technician: Tasks for this position include the everyday management of all aspects of our plant production including glasshouse, Illinois natives, perennial nursery, and annual nursery. • Performs production functions such as; watering, fertilizing, potting, transplanting, seed sowing, cutting propagation, pinching, spacing, etc. May assist in pest management activities such as scouting • Responsible for maintaining the production facilities, equipment, storage areas, work areas and plants in a clean, orderly, healthy condition • Actively participates in various Cantigny activities and functions involving the recreation and education of visitors, such as Greenhouse Open House(s), and miscellaneous tours, classes, demonstrations, departmental functions, etc.

Garden Technician: This position supports the installation and care of the annual flower and perennial gardens. • Assists in the planting and horticultural maintenance of the annual flower and perennial gardens, including the preparation of the gardens • Operates and maintains small equipment such as roto-tillers, garden edging tools, etc.

Forestry Technician: This position supports the care of trees and shrubs throughout the gardens and grounds. • Assist with maintenance of the tree and shrub planting throughout the Gardens and Golf Course including plant removal, installation of new plant material, watering, weeding, trimming, shearing and mulching of plants • Must be trained and understand the most proper and safe pruning methods set by ANSI A300 • Must be trained and understand the most proper and correct methods and procedures of safety with equipment as set by ANSI Z133.1-2006 • Operates small motorized equipment such as hedge shears and non-motorized arborist equipment including hand tools, shears, pole saws and loppers • Operates large motorized equipment including chipper, tractors, carts, wood splitter, etc. • Maintains arborist equipment, including cleaning and sharpening.

Turf Technician: Tasks for this position primarily include turf care. • Assists with maintenance of lawn, including mowing, trimming, watering, and leaf removal to the standards defined by the Turf Manager • Operates and maintains large equipment such as lawn mowers, turf vacuum, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, etc. with the utmost understanding of safety

Construction Technician: The focus of this position is on the construction of hard surface walkways, patios, stone walls, along with any emergency duties. • Installation and repair of hard surface sidewalks, patios, stone walls, etc. • Repair and reshaping of lawns and periodically over seeding lawns. • Assists in repairs and installations of lawn and garden irrigation systems. • Clean walkways, private drive, parking lots and sidewalks of all debris. • Aid in the care and maintenance of turf; duties include mowing, grass trimming, etc. • Operate and maintain small equipment such as: concrete saw, grass trimmers, leaf blowers, etc.


• Pursuing or possess a horticulture/biology degree and experience in plant production experience preferred • Must be safety-conscious and able to operate equipment without injury to themselves, others, property and plants. Provides for personal safety in the workplace by attending and completing all required safety training, knowing and following existing safety rules including the applicable use of personal protection equipment, the proper operation of tools/machinery and proper handling of hazardous materials, and reporting any unsafe conditions to respective supervisor • Must be physically able to lift and maneuver 50 lbs., work in all types of terrain and adverse weather conditions (including extreme cold and heat), and stand or kneel for long periods of time • Must be available to work a flexible schedule based on operational needs and weather delays • Must attend Cantigny Park’s Child Safety Training • Assist other Horticulture Departments as necessary with supervisor approval • All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening

To apply: submit a resume and cover letter online here. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter:

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 Cantigny Park


Whitney Wade

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $47,250 - $66,150 Depending on Experience

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The Natural Areas and Arbor Specialist oversees and participates in the maintenance of all the District’s natural areas, trees, shrubs, trails, and arboriculture responsibilities. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: monitoring tree health, nursery management, tree planting, and stump grinding. The Candidate will have a thorough knowledge of standard practices, methods, equipment and materials used in the maintenance of District tree inventories and natural areas. The Candidate will take the lead in the management of the removal of dead and diseased trees, and the trimming of trees for health reasons, as well as providing leadership, guidance, and technical support to other staff members. Candidate will be required to supervise full-time and part-time staff.

Other Responsibilities: 1) The coordination and participation of controlled burns 2)Removal of invasive weed and plant species, including the use of pesticides 3) Significant involvement in the maintenance of the District’s trail maintenance 4) Ability to maintain a safe environment while performing tasks 5) Responsible for the safe training of assigned staff 6) Participates in the District’s snow removal and ice rink maintenance scheduling 7) Participates in the management of Oswegoland Park District special events

Job Requirements: 1) Bachelor’s Degree in related field of Park and Resource Management, Urban Forestry, or Arboriculture. Work experience will be considered in the absence of a degree. 2) Current ISA Certification through the International Society of Arboriculture 3) Ability to safely operate District equipment, including trucks, wood chipper, snow plows, tractors, and power hand tools 4) Effective communication skills, both oral and written 5 ) Be able to work independently or as part of a team 6) Ability to obtain and maintain an Illinois State Pesticide Operator’s license 7) Possess a Valid Illinois State driver’s license 8) Ability to obtain and maintain S130 Fire Fighting and S-190 Fire Behavior certifications 9) General construction knowledge is preferred 10) Maintain CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications 11) Ability to work well with others 12) Understand and exhibit behavior consistent with the stated values of the Oswegoland Park District

This position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm. Some evenings and weekends will be required based upon the District’s operation schedule.

Apply online at by completing the employment application. Resumes should be attached in the on-line application. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Mike Fee, Director of Operations at 630.554.4434, or

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 Oswegoland Park District


Keith Zalewski

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $47,000 to $55,000 per year (DOQ)

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JOB SUMMARY: Glenview Park Golf Club is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. This candidate will have a strong knowledge of golf course maintenance tasks, be dependable, professional, team oriented and have great attention to detail and follow through. The individual will have involvement with staff, irrigation & drainage systems, and small projects. Under the Golf Course Superintendent’s supervision, the Assistant Superintendent will direct day to day work schedules and supervise employees. Individual will have extensive involvement with the planning, scheduling, and implementation of the plant health program and safety program.

JOB DUTIES TO INCLUDE: Oversees and manages golf course conditions, including performing maintenance, repairs, and improvements. Performs daily evaluation of golf course conditions along with disease/pest scouting. Prepare daily and weekly work schedules based on daily play and special events. Supervise and perform chemical and fertilizer applications including training, calibration, and recording keeping. Assists in managing the automated irrigation system & pump station, including maintenance, repair of leaks, and troubleshooting electrical systems; manages irrigation system AND computer weather station software and analyzes moisture & evaporation rates. Works with Superintendent and Equipment Technician to manage fleet; develops and implements a preventative maintenance schedule for equipment other mechanicals; anticipates and prepares for capital replacements. Maintains MSDS sheets on chemical & pesticides; train employees on MSDS sheets. Anticipates and minimizes impact of external and/or environmental hazards (geese, coyotes, etc). Ensure compliance with all policies and procedures of the department and organization as well as adhere to all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Aid in managing off-season snow plowing and ice removal throughout the property.

QUALIFICATIONS: Associate or Bachelor’s degree in golf course or turf management, horticulture, landscape architecture, agronomy, or related field required. Previous experience as an Intern, Assistant-in-Training, First or Second Assistant is preferred. Demonstrated experience and capability in the areas of project development, strategic planning, and staff management. Possess a valid driver’s license. Able to attain an IL pesticide applicator license.

SCHEDULING & PAY: This is a Full-Time, Salary position and is subject to change with seasonal requirements. Target hiring range is $47,000 to $55,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS WE OFFER: In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefit package, including: Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO, Prescription Coverage, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF), Vacation and Holiday Pay Park District Facility Discounts and Usage Benefit.

TO APPLY: Go to and click Jobs at the top of the page.

If interested, please apply early. Recruiting and interviewing will begin immediately.

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 Glenview Park District


Todd Vermillion

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 Commensurate with Experience

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The 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. Mt. Prospect Park District offers its residents a total of 32 parks and recreational facilities including, a 3-1/2 star golf course, neighborhood playgrounds, pools, fitness centers, ball diamonds, biking and walking paths.

The Mt. Prospect Park District is seeking qualified candidates for our full-time Fleet Auto Mechanic position. The Fleet Auto Mechanic is responsible for inspecting, diagnosing and repairing mechanical defects in automobiles, trucks, tractors, mowers and other mechanical equipment.

Interested candidates should submit an application via Frontline/AppliTrack applicant tracking at:

Or, you can visit us at – click on “Careers” at the top of the page and look under Vacancies for Maintenance/ Fleet Auto Mechanic job posting.

JOB DUTIES: Make any and all adjustments to equipment prior to employee use. Purchase necessary materials with the approval of the Fleet Services Department Manager. Rebuild or redesign equipment as needed. Take part in scheduling vehicles and equipment for periodic inspection, maintenance, lubrication, tune-ups, brakes, radiators, lights, etc. Strive to obtain quality workmanship as well as productivity. Be familiar with safety rules and regulations. Keep all vehicles and equipment in a safe condition. Possess ability to function as an equipment operator, truck driver, or snowplow driver when requested. Act as a liaison between the Fleet Service Department Manager and Fleet Services staff as needed. May be required to work special events from time to time at night and on weekends. Respond in person for emergency night and weekend jobs as required. Serve on Safety Committee when assigned. Be proficient with, adhere to and monitor staff adherence to Park District policies and procedures. All other duties as assigned by the Fleet Service Department Manager, Director of Parks and Planning, and/or the Executive Director. However, in an emergency, perform all other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a High School graduate or GED equivalent. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have completed a vocational training school program that included car/truck/turf equipment repairs or equivalent. Must have completed an on the job training program at an authorized car, truck or equipment dealer service department. Must possess or have the ability to obtain ASE Automotive and/or ASE Medium/Heavy Truck certifications. A minimum of five years of experience as an apprentice mechanic in one or more of the following mechanical areas, including but not limited to: Engine and powertrain Chassis and body work Brakes and tires Diesel Engines Electric and hydraulic systems Air Conditioning and heat systems Experience with the repair of tractor and maintenance equipment. Must possess a valid Illinois driver's license. Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Illinois commercial driver’s license Class A (CDL) within 90 days of employment. Knowledge and experience with the repair and maintenance of turf equipment a plus. Must be able to communicate effectively with others to allow for coordination of work, safety and in emergency situations if needed. Must be able to follow required department safety procedures.

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

Work Conditions: May work indoors or outdoors, but more commonly will work indoors. May be exposed to hazardous situations, conditions, and equipment that could result in cuts, bruises, or minor burns. May work inside enclosed vehicles. May work in cramped work spaces underneath vehicles that require getting into awkward positions. May be exposed to contaminants, such as antifreeze and chemical degreasers, on a daily basis. May be exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable on a daily basis. May sometimes work in cold or hot temperatures, depending on the work location.

BENEFITS: We offer a generous benefits package including Medical, Dental, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability (IMRF), Pension (IMRF), 457 Plan, Paid Time Off, Park District Facility Discounts and Usage Benefits, Life Insurance and a Vision Reimbursement Program.


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 Mt. Prospect Park District


Mary Kiaupa

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled