Assistant Groundskeeper job Brookfield Illinois
Assistant Groundskeeper job Brookfield Illinois
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Assistant Groundskeeper Job

Employer Name: Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo SpiderID: 5490546
Location: Brookfield, Illinois Date Posted: 9/19/2016
Wage: $21.70/hr Category: Landscaping
Job Code: 1235

Job Description:
The Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo is known throughout the world as a leader in animal welfare and conservation and has an exciting, fast-paced work environment and family friendly atmosphere. Our beautiful park like setting has an amazing 216 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds providing our guests with colorful native plants surrounding Roosevelt Fountain, shrub sculptured animals outlining our formal pool, and entrances decorated with a variety of plants, flowers and trees to welcome our over 2 million guests each year. Our grounds team is also responsible for 7 working greenhouses, a compost facility that processes 300 cubic yards of yard waste, and setting up over 1 million (mostly LED) twinkling lights for Holiday Magic. We are very customer focused and take PRIDE in every aspect of our operation, and our employees enjoy a work environment that is based on respect, openness, cooperation and involvement. Employees are proud to work for the Chicago Zoological Society and are committed to our important conservation mission. Our dedicated staff has a true sense of purpose and a strong commitment to animals and conservation.

As an Assistant Groundskeeper, you will perform general park duties, landscape maintenance, and horticulture as assigned. This also includes maintaining work records as directed, occasionally directing the work of seasonal employees as assigned during specific tasks, reporting performance to the supervisor as necessary, and observing standard safety procedures and the use of safety equipment. Utilizing your good communication skills, you will assist and participate constructively in all departmental activities, including meetings and irregular and emergency assignments. Included is performing daily inspections of assigned areas and reporting to supervisor as necessary with regard to safety issues, needed repairs, or other problems.

• Horticultural duties include but are not limited to: care of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, propagation, tilling, lawn care, pruning, fertilization, plant protection from hazardous conditions, pest control, plant selection, design, interior tropical plant maintenance, and other horticultural duties as assigned.
• General park duties include but are not limited to: waste disposal, manure collection and disposal, recyclables collection, snowplowing, construction activities, equipment maintenance and repair, installation and maintenance of irrigation systems, road repairs, and other general park duties as assigned.
• Quadrant maintenance duties include but are not limited to: section cleaning, sweeping, raking, blowing, paper-picking, safety inspection and other duties as required, repair of sentinels, picnic tables and seating benches, inspection and repair of playground equipment, litter/paper pick-up, maintenance of drainage systems, animal yard surface repairs, leaf raking and pick-up, snow and ice removal, pavement power-washing, paver maintenance, minor road cold patching, path mulching, and other duties as required.

As Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year, the Assistant Groundskeeper position may require flexible availability to work non-standard hours including early mornings, evenings, holidays, and weekends.

Job Requirements:
• High school diploma or equivalent required.
• Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of irrigation systems may be required.
• Pesticide operator's license may be required within one year of hire.
• Certified arborist license within one year of hire may be required.
• Good communications and interpersonal skills.
• Reliable, dependable individual. Flexible.
• Warm, personable demeanor and customer service orientation.
• A valid driver’s license is required on date of hire. If an Illinois resident, must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license at the time of hire or must obtain one within 90 days of hire. A valid out-of-state driver’s license is required at time of hire for out-of-state residents.
• One or more of the following licensures may be required: Valid "C" or "B" (CDL) Driver's License.
• Valid medical authorization card required for positions with commercial motor vehicle driving responsibilities.
• Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.

The desirable/preferred qualifications include:
• Associates or Bachelors degree in Horticulture preferred.
• Spanish fluency a plus, but not required.

Additional Information: As an Assistant Groundskeeper, you must demonstrate proficiency in areas, including but not limited to: developing proficiency in the safe and correct use of various hand tools such as rakes, brooms, hoes, shovels, hand pruners, saws, loppers, or other hand tools; correct use of small power equipment such as blowers, mowers, chainsaws, power washers, tillers, edgers, snow blowers, weed whips and other small power tools as assigned; safe and correct use of small tractors, water wagons, plows and brooms, riding mowers and other equipment, and basic operating knowledge of Bobcats and backhoes.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at Please look for requisition number 1235BR.

Job Criteria:
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Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required:
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Overnight Travel:
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Company Profile:
The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities / Women / Veterans / Disabled.

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Wendy Larsen Company Type: Employer
Company: Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
City: Brookfield
State: Illinois
Zip: 60513
Web Site:

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