Arborist Needed

Position Available:  Arborist

Classification:  Full-time, Non-Exempt

Department:  Collections and Facilities

General Summary:  Perform a variety of functions related to the care and maintenance of trees on the 1,700 acres of Arboretum property, which include landscapes, collections, and natural areas.  These functions include pruning, removals, hazard evaluation, and the installation of support and lightning protection systems.


High school diploma and 3+ years of demonstrable work experience required.  Must be able to obtain and maintain certification as an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist within 12 months of hire and an Illinois Pesticide Operator’s license within 3 months of hire.  Ability to identify common tree species and major insect and disease problems affecting trees in the Midwest required.  Ability to climb trees and use the equipment necessary to perform various types of tree work is required.  Strong verbal and written communication skills required.  Must be able to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License within 9 months of hire, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.  Must become certified in First Aid and CPR (classes provided) and keep such credentials current.  Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience with Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors:

Ability and willingness to adapt to a wide variety of duties and responsibilities in all weather conditions.  Decision making skills and the ability to prioritize.  A clear understanding of A.N.S.I. A300 pruning standards as well as A.N.S.I. Z133 safety standards and the ability to utilize these standards to ensure safe work practices.  Strong work ethic and a commitment to continuing education within the field of arboriculture.  Ability to relate effectively and work with people of various backgrounds and ages.

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: some lifting and carrying (up to 80 lbs.), climbing (up to 70 ft.), walking on varied terrain, 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 mostly outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Equipment: Climbing equipment, arborist tools, snow equipment, aerial lift truck, chipper, stump grinder, dump truck, utility vehicles, two-way radio, general office equipment.
  • Schedule: May require some evening and weekend work.


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The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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