The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned, nonprofit institution dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. We welcome more than 1.1 million guests every year to our 1,718 acre site in the western suburbs of Chicago with about 16 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of roads, and 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 plant taxa that are cared for in our landscapes, collections, and natural areas. We are seeking an experienced, diligent, and safety conscious climber who can perform the following arboricultural functions including but not limited to pruning, removals, hazard evaluation, and the installation of tree support and lightning protection systems. This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a team working together to make The Morton Arboretum exceptional.
Position Summary: Assist with a variety of functions related to the care and maintenance of trees, on the 1700 acres of Arboretum property, which include landscapes, collections, and natural areas. These functions include pruning, removals, hazard evaluation, and the installation of support and protection systems.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. 1+ years of demonstrable arboricultural work experience required. Ability to climb trees and use the equipment necessary to perform various types of tree work required. Good verbal and written communication skills required. Must be able to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License within 9 months of hire, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Must become certified and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR (classes provided). Must be able to obtain and maintain certification as an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist within18 months of hire. Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications beneficial.
Success Factors: Ability and willingness to adapt to a wide variety of duties and responsibilities in all weather conditions. Ability to learn A.N.S.I. A300 pruning standards and A.N.S.I. Z133 safety standards in order to ensure safe work practices. Strong work ethic and a commitment to continuing education within the field of arboriculture. Ability to relate effectively and work with people of various backgrounds and ages.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
The Morton Arboretum is a champion for diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment.