Landscape Specialist - Conservatory
Job Details
Oak Park Conservatory - Oak Park, IL
Part Time Class 1
High School
$18.00 Hourly

Job Purpose:

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. This position is part-time, year-round.


Essential Functions:

  • In order to effectively perform the functions of this position, the Landscape Specialist shall assume the following responsibilities and associated duties:
  • Facility Management/Programming
  • 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.
  • Drive District Vehicles


  • 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

Employee Management

  • 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.

Risk Management

  • Completes accident and incident reports in a timely manner
  • Promotes an environment of safe work habits and active participation in the Park Districts risk management and safety programs
  • Maintains a complete actionable understanding of the Park Districts emergency action plans (EAPs); acts as a leader (as assigned) in the execution of EAPs when required


Additional Functions:

  • Collaborates with Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) as assigned
  • Plans and participates in Conservatory special projects, programs, and activities
  • Performs committee work as assigned
  • Performs other tasks as assigned
  • Drives conservatory vehicles to and from locations where work is being performed

Knowledge, Skills, and Work Experience Required:

  • 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 month 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 drivers license


Work Environment, Physical Demands and Considerations:

  • Frequently Sitting, walking, standing, reaching
  • Occasionally Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crawling
  • Strength Work requires digging and handling heavy weight (up to 100lbs.) materials or equipment
  • Will be exposed to chemicals such as cleaning materials, acids, glues, chlorine, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
  • Will be exposed to inclement weather including extreme heat, sun, humidity, cold, rain, snow, ice, and wind
  • Will include computer use
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required as it pertains to the particular job duty, including: safety goggles, glasses, face shields, steel tip work boots, protective rubber or leather gloves, hard hat, paint spray respirator, protective suits and outer wear, and back brace
  • Some exposure to noise, dust, fumes, elevation, and confined spaces
  • Ability to present ideas and recommendations in a concise verbal and written manner
  • Ability to maintain effective audio-visual and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating assigned equipment
  • Math skills including measuring, calculating, and estimating
  • Ability to interpret and explain Park District and department policies, practices, and procedures
  • Demonstrated safety awareness and judgment in all aspects of responsibility



Internal: Park District staff, FOPCON

External: Patrons of Conservatory and Park District, residents of Oak Park, WSSRA, partner organizations including governmental and non-profit groups, and the Oak Park business community

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, functions or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, functions, activities or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

The Park District of Oak Park is an equal opportunity employer!

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