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Horticulture Specialist

Palatine, IL

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Job Location
Main Campus - Palatine - Palatine, IL
Position Type
Full Time
Education Level
AS Horticulture or related 2 yrs exp.
Travel Percentage
Job Shift
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday
Job Category
Nonprofit - Social Services
The Horticulture Specialist is responsible for assisting with the production of marketable / profitable products that will help in defraying all program costs. The Horticulture Specialist will also further the formal education of participants in the realm of plant sciences by providing training, supervision, guidance, and direction to the respective program participants in work and/or non-work activities related to their person centered goals and objectives through active engagement.
Responsible for a majority of operating requirements of agency operated greenhouses. This includes maintaining planting schedules, obtaining supplies and equipment, as well as planting, transplanting, and harvesting plants grown in the greenhouses.
Responsible for pest identification and implementing appropriate Integrated Pest Management strategies.
Responsible for maintaining Horticulture program supplies and materials, and keeping an accurate log of plants and other greenhouse inventory.
Coordinates and expands income generating aspects of the Horticulture program included but not limited to sales of items grown or made, special events, and other fundraising opportunities.
Coordinates with the Horticulture Manager and other parties involved on plant arrangement and availability for fundraising events and other special events.
Coordinates horticulture activities within different agency programs such as Day Services, Golden Opportunities, and Autism Spectrum.
Assists in providing oversight and education to non-Horticulture program staff members in order to ensure plant / garden / product sustainment, and class continuity.
Assists with donations of plant material and other gifted horticulture items.
Assists in designing and planning planting schemes for new projects within agency campuses.
Provides appropriate support to and supervision for subordinate staff, volunteers, and other external supports.
Acts as a hands-on leader by actively working in the daily horticultural tasks in the exterior gardens and greenhouses with participants.
Transport individuals to and from community excursions, following all safety procedures including the proper use of safety/seat belts and tie-downs. Account for all individuals before, during and upon return from any activity.
Communicate any safety, wellness or atypical behavior pattern concerns immediately or in progress notes, behavior data sheets, seizure or injury reports.
Successfully complete required **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. training, re-training, or additional training as required by policies, practices or as assigned by the immediate supervisor for specific program needs. Some required trainings include American Heart Association certification in First Aid and CPR, PACE certification for driving positions, Crisis Prevention Intervention and the approved DSP program.
Minimum two years of experience in the following areas: Nursery or Greenhouse management, Nursery or Greenhouse work, Plant Production, or related industry experience required. Associate degree within the following area/s: Horticulture, Environmental or Plant Sciences, Biology or similarly focused concentration preferred. Illinois Pesticide Applicator or Operator license preferred. Minimum one year experience with people with developmental disabilities preferred.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently walk, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, push, pull, lift, grasp, and feel. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination when handling equipment and power tools. Requires corrected vision and hearing within normal range. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places: fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock. The employee must continuously lift support, and/or move 60 or more pounds of weight, and frequently lift, support, and/or move up to 50 pounds in difficult work positions of weight. The noise level is normal to loud. No occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, communicable diseases or other potentially infectious substances (Category I). The physical demands 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 the essential functions.
Disclaimer: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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