Forest Preserve District of Kane County Published: September 15, 2020
Geneva, Illinois
Job Type
Design & Construction / Farm / Organics / Natural Resources/ Restoration /
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~ The mission of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County is to acquire, hold and maintain lands within Kane County that contribute to the preservation of natural and historic resources, habitats, flora, and fauna; and to restore, restock, protect and preserve such lands for the education, recreation, and pleasure of all its citizens. Our goal is to preserve and restore the nature of Kane County. ~

Position Overview

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Planning & Operations Department is accepting applications for one (1) Horticulturist with the South Operations Division.

Under direction of the Operations Manager and/or Senior Rangers, this role performs a wide variety of assigned work required to protect, preserve, interpret, operate and maintain gardens of the District.

  • Worksite Location: Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, Illinois - approximately 60 miles west of Chicago. 
  • Starting Salary: $43,362 per year; $20.84 per hour. 
  • Hours/Schedule: Limited to a 40 hour workweek, includes weekends, nights and holidays. 
  • Application Deadline: Sept. 2. 

Essential Position Duties & Functions


  • Devise and document proper and timely procedures and plans for maintaining the historical garden, as well as other gardens in the District
  • Carry out the proper pruning and horticultural details of the existing plant materials in compliance with generally accepted plant maintenance for this region
  • Assist with the planting of new and annual plant materials
  • Devise plans and budgets for each upcoming season
  • Schedules, coordinates and regulates public use of assigned areas
  • Create and comprehend landscape plans
  • Maintain the grounds of the historical areas of Fabyan Forest Preserve and the Creek Bend Nature Center, Brewster Creek Lodge and other areas as assigned
  • Research the historical records for plans and concepts of the landscape for the historical area
  • Other duties as assigned, in keeping with education, experience and training
  • Responds to emergency call-outs on a 24-hour, 7-days a week basis.
  • Works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois driver’s license free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District's fleet insurance carrier.
  • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook.


  • Establishes positive relationships with community and preserve users.

Staff Supervision:

  • A crew leader to Summer Seasonals; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

Note: Additional duties and functions may be essential.


  • Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old
  • Education: Associate Degree in Horticulture, science or closely related fields.
  • Experience: Three (3) years in landscape maintenance and design; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED, Pesticide Operator; all licenses/certifications must be obtained and maintained within one year of employment.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply on Company Website" below to apply online. (All candidates must apply online.)
  • Contact: 
    • Betsy Scaletta, Human Resources Generalist, 1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320, Geneva IL 60134
    • Tel: (630) 208-8662;
    • Email: hrforest@kaneforest.com; Web: www.kaneforest.com


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