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Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year.
The Department of Animal Care and Horticulture is an integrated team that cares for the animals and plants that live at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The Director of Horticulture is a front-line position requiring a strong combination of horticultural expertise and administrative skills. This position requires, at times, that the director work side-by-side in the garden with other horticulture staff and volunteers. The director is responsible for coordinating the maintenance, planning, and continued development of the zoo’s display gardens, arboretum, and Nature Boardwalk landscape. The director provides horticultural expertise to enhance animal habitats, collaborates with learning and community engagement programs, and supports staff scientists on relevant conservation and research initiatives. The director ensures that zoo grounds are maintained in accordance with AZA and Arbnet accreditation standards, relevant regulations, and fiscal considerations, and ensures horticultural goals align with the zoo’s strategic plan.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES (as needed)
Minimum of BS/BA from an accredited institution required (advanced degree preferred) with a focus on horticulture, plant science, landscape architecture, natural resources management, forestry or another related field.
Must have a minimum of 4 years’ experience working a public garden or parks setting. Must have supervisory skills and experience in team leadership.
Ability to lift on frequent basis up to 75 lbs. Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time. Ability to frequently bend, stoop, reach and climb. Ability to safely and effectively utilize the program tools and equipment. Ability to move about on sometimes slippery, muddy surfaces.
Ability to work in all weather conditions. Ability to work on uneven terrain. No allergy to plants or animals which may interfere with the ability to work.
Must be able to adapt to and embrace change in a fast paced and dynamic work environment.
Must be able to respond and report to the zoo immediately in horticulture related emergencies.
Available to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned.
Must be willing and able to perform duties of other divisions as directed and be available for “stand-by” work on a predetermined basis or in response to an emergency.
Must have valid driver’s license with good driving record.
Able to work flex schedule seasonally.
Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All.
Lincoln Park Zoo2001 N. Clark St ChicagoChicago, IL 60614
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