Posted 4 weeks ago

Grounds Crew Aide (Display Horticulture)

Company: The Morton Arboretum
Category: General Labor, Horticulture


Type: Temporary

The Morton Arboretum is seeking a grounds crew aide to support the Display Horticulture crew. Grounds Crew Aides at The Morton Arboretum have many diverse responsibilities that span across different work areas in the Collections & Facilities Department. As a member of the Display Horticulture Crew a high level of plant maintenance is required. You will assist the full-time horticulture staff with planting of annuals, perennials, bulbs, trees, and shrubs in high visitation/public areas, gardens and landscapes.  Duties will be assigned according to current projects in progress. Work will involve some of the following tasks:

  • Planting, dividing, and transplanting trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and herbaceous plants.
  • Weeding, mulching, and watering.
  • Cultivating and fertilizing.
  • Arboricultural work, including removal of dead wood, structural pruning, and the removal of dead or declining plants.
  • Hedge trimming.
  • Edging beds, brush cutting.
  • Removing litter, twigs, leaves, and other material from assigned and adjacent areas.
  • Safe and proper use of pesticides and pesticide mixing/storage facility.
  • Invasive species surveillance and control.
  • Monitoring and controlling threatening insects, diseases, and nuisance animals.
  • Learn, understand, and demonstrate the ability to safely operate and maintain tools and equipment used in daily work.
  • May assist in preparing and maintaining garden or collection for special events, exhibitions, and other large-scale grounds projects.