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10 May 2022

Temporary Shoreline Maintenance

Chicago Botanic Garden – Posted by pnagle Glencoe, Illinois, United States

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Job Description

Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden’s aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat.

Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden’s 385-acre campus includes 60 acres of lakes. Over the past 20 years more than ½- million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 5 miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings (representing 240 native plant taxa) have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat.

In this role you will be responsible for the following:
– Maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions throughout the Garden’s lake system
– Removing nuisance plant and algae growth as well as litter, debris, and occasional nuisance fish/wildlife
– Wearing waders (provided by the Garden) and accessing the shoreline via rowboats and/or walking along the shoreline edge
– Operating gas-powered weed trimmers


Our ideal candidate will have the following:
– Exceptional work ethic
– Function well within both team and individual work assignments (sometimes with minimal supervision)
– Possess a high comfort level being in and around water along with an ability to swim should the need arise in an emergency

Physical Demands:
Employees must be comfortable operating row boats and trolling motors, be able to walk on an uneven lake bottom and bend over for extended periods of time (e.g., cutting/raking aquatic weeds), and have an ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please email a detailed resume to Peter Nagle at [email protected]

Job Categories: Ecology. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: Botany, Ecology, environmental, garden, non-profit, plants, summer, and water.

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