Maintenance Carpenter - Full-time
Lisle, IL
Full Time

Position Summary:  Perform journeyman level of carpentry duties relating to the maintenance of internal and external facilities of the Arboretum buildings and grounds. Provide support services for Arboretum programs and projects.


Essential Functions: 

  • Work independently or as part of a team on a range of maintenance repair and renovation projects on a 1700 acre campus of a dozen buildings.

  • Construct or repair such things as shelves, cabinets, easels, tables, exhibit cases, counters, benches, partitions, floors, stairs, casings, bins, cribs, wood trim, and ventilators. Maintain a variety of carpenter's hand-tools, portable and stationary power tools, and standard measuring instruments.

  • Paint and refinish structures and furniture. Install wall coverings. Assemble and move furniture. Hang pictures and fixtures.

  • Plan and lay out work using blueprints, drawings, models, or verbal instructions.

  • Determine type and amount of material necessary for each job and place orders for materials. Keep inventory of supplies and requisition them as needed.

  • Install hardware, insulate, frame with wood and metal, side, dry wall, tile, and trim in new construction and remodeling. Install and repair gutters, valleys, down-spouts, and roofs. Install windows, hang doors, replace glass, caulk and flash. Order, install, and service lock, key and door hardware. 

  • Maintain outdoor children’s play equipment.

  • Fabricate and erect structures and displays for Arboretum special events, as needed.

  • Assist with providing guidance and direction to seasonal employees. 

  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:  High school diploma required. 5+ years in construction work with pertinent trade or vocational school training required. Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining carpentry hand-tools, portable and stationary power tools, and standard measuring instruments required. Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and understand the properties of various construction materials required. Strong painting skills and knowledge of builders and commercial hardware required. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Basic computer proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience with Google applications beneficial. May have exposure to blood borne pathogens as a result of job duties. Optional vaccination (Hepatitis B vaccine) will be made available. Must become certified and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR (classes provided). 


Success Factors:  General working knowledge of other trades, e.g., plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilating, masonry, and bricklaying. Ability to produce high quality workmanship and be flexible, self-motivated, neat, and safety-conscious in use of tools. Good communication skills. Ability to embrace and operate in line with our employee core values to take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.


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.

  • Physical Demands: Requires significant amount of physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 80 lbs. assisted), bending, climbing (up to 28 ft.), pushing, pulling, standing, walking, kneeling (1-3 hours), and traveling by vehicles. Sense of vision and hearing in the normal range with or without correction. Sense of touch and the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment required.
  • Work Environment: Work is performed in a combined indoor and outdoor setting.
  • Equipment: Ladders and scaffolds, power tools (portable and stationary), measuring instruments, painting supplies, Arboretum vehicle, two-way radio, general office equipment. 
  • Schedule: May require occasional evening and weekend work. Must be willing to respond to emergency situations involving building structures.


All Arboretum employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of that status in order to maintain their employment.

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of 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. 

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