Chicago Region Trees Initiative Steward - Full-time/Term-limit

Lisle, IL
Full Time

Assist in community engagement and planting operations for the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a regional coalition of organizations collaborating to make the Chicago region the greenest, most livable region in North America. Participate in outreach projects by performing the assigned tasks and duties. Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration of 12 months, with potential for extension.

 

Position Summary:  Assist in community engagement and planting operations for the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a regional coalition of organizations collaborating to make the Chicago region the greenest, most livable region in North America. Participate in outreach projects by performing the assigned tasks and duties. Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration of 12 months, with potential for extension.

 

Essential Functions: 

  • Assist in coordinating outreach activities in priority communities in order to meet assigned outreach goals. Consult with the CRTI Stewardship Coordinator in order to assist in planning and implementing community engagement and planting projects. 

  • Perform assigned outreach activities including inputting tree information into the CRTI Canopy Counts Program. Keep notes to inform future outreach in the same community.

  • Maintain materials, equipment, methods, and records of research procedures.

  • Research community history and canopy summary information for assigned communities in order to personalize outreach efforts.

  • Provide guidance to seasonal employees, students, and volunteers, and communicate with external collaborators.

  • Ensure safety and cleanliness of planting sites. 

  • Safely drive Arboretum vehicles with attached equipment trailer or flatbed trailer.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED required. At least one year of experience preferred in the areas of forestry, horticulture, community engagement, or natural resource management.  Experience in organizing meetings and presenting events or educational sessions preferred.  Experience with community and civic organizations and processes preferred. Good communication skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, and customer service ethic required.  Ability to travel to work sites throughout the Chicago Region via public transportation or possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google applications, Constant Contact, social media, and web content development beneficial. 

 

Success Factors:  Ability and willingness to work independently in office and field environments. Good written and oral communication skills. Ability to embrace and align with the organization’s employee core values to be inclusive, 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 physical activity: walking over varied terrain, bending, lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs. assisted). Some travel required. 

  • Work Environment: Office environment, Arboretum grounds, and off-site locations. Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions.

  • Equipment: General office equipment, field and laboratory equipment, including specialized equipment relating to particular field of research, hand and power tools, Arboretum pick-up truck and/or utility vehicle.

  • Schedule: Work will require seasonal evenings and weekends.

 

 

For full consideration, please include a resume and cover letter with application.

 


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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