Waukegan Park District Parks Department Position Vacancy


Position: Maintenance Worker III – Horticulturist

Salary Range: $31,432 – $52,383 annually depending on qualifications plus excellent benefit

General Statement of Duties: Responsible for the district’s horticultural/grounds maintenance operations. Act as a crew leader of the horticulture crew including training, supervising and monitoring work of assigned staff.

Description/Duties: Responsible for outdoor annual and perennial beds operation and maintenance to include, but not limited to: bed designs, weeding, cultivation, fertilization, planting, pruning, pesticide application, transplanting, and watering. Perform tree installation and removals, pruning, fertilization and watering. Coordinate plant health care, integrated pest and disease management programs; apply pesticides, fungicides and herbicides as needed. Assist with natural areas management, including prescribed burns. Prepare status report of assigned jobs and maintain tree inventories using Treekeeper Software. Perform routine and non-routine park improvement/maintenance functions to include, but not limited to athletic field maintenance, park mowing operations, park cleanup, pesticide applications, turf aeration and fertilization, tree planting and/or removals, landscape maintenance and improvements, snow removal, outdoor ice rink/sled hill maintenance and capital improvement projects. Assist with the district’s snow removal operations, including plowing, snow blowing, shoveling, and salting of walkways and parking lots. Operate trucks, trailers, wood chippers, sod cutters, chain saw, hand and power tools and all other maintenance and mechanical equipment. Maintain records of all horticultural operation functions to include, but not limited to: maintenance schedules, inventory materials and supplies ordering. Participate in park district Safety and Training Program to ensure that work performed and services provided are implemented in a safe manner.

Education: Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Forestry or related field. Additional training or education related to duties and responsibilities of position.

Experience: Minimum three (3) years of related horticultural/grounds maintenance experience required.

Knowledge: Horticulture/Landscape Maintenance operations. Park Maintenance operations and use of equipment. Snow removal: Perform snow removal including plowing, snowblowing, shoveling and salting of walkways and parking lots. Understand and use basic current computer operating systems and job related software applications.
License /

Certification: Valid driver’s license
Pesticide Public Operator’s License – State of Illinois, within one year of employment. Pesticide Applicator license preferred.
First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one year.
Hours: Full-time, year-round position at 40 hours per week. Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. Ability to work weekends and holidays as assigned.

Conditions of Employment: – Successfully complete a six (6) month introductory period.
– Must submit proof of date of birth, verification of education, a copy of driver’s license and driver’s abstract.
– Must submit to a reference check/employment verification, to a state criminal
background check, to a pre- placement physical and drug and alcohol test, and to
random, reasonable cause and post accident drug and alcohol testing.
– Pesticide Public Operator’s License – State of Illinois within one year of employment,
and license renewals as required.
– First Aid/CPR/AED certification required within one year.

Contact: Apply online at www.waukeganparks.org

Scott MacLean, Manager of Park Maintenance
Waukegan Park District
2211 Ernie Krueger Circle
Waukegan, IL 60087
Phone: (847) 360-4753

Closing Date: Open until filled.

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