Location: Palatine, IL
Schedule: Business Hours
The position of Horticultural Therapist has been is being created to oversee the horticultural programs at Little City which will provide horticultural training and therapy programs for Little City residents.
The position will oversee the commercial aspects of the horticultural program with the purpose of expanding the commercial aspect to the extent it will generate sufficient income to become a standalone business venture.
Responsible for identifying and developing partnerships and relationships with university-affiliated and civic/private efforts dedicated to providing horticultural experiences for children and adults with disabilities
This position is responsible for researching grant opportunities, working with vendors on gardening donations, and being the interface with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program.
- Responsible for all operating requirements for the two greenhouses. This includes scheduling participants, obtaining supplies and equipment, planting, transplanting and harvesting.
- Responsible for all operating requirements for the pumpkin patch. This includes scheduling participants, obtaining supplies and equipment, decisions on what to plant, plot preparation, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting.
- Responsible for all operating requirements for the accessible gardens (both campus and community based). This includes construction oversight, scheduling participants, obtaining supplies and equipment, planting and harvesting. It also includes working with each participant to determine which vegetables or flowers they want to plant.
- This position will coordinate and expand all commercial aspects of the horticulture program which includes the selling of items grown in each area.
- The position will be responsible for the development of a business plan that will grow the horticultural program into a self-sustaining commercial operation.
- Coordinate the relationship with the University of Illinois Extension and the master gardeners.
- Provide horticultural therapy so that our participants can enjoy horticulture in a variety of settings and sensory experiences
- Coordinate landscaping and horticulture projects at the children’s and adult residences.
- Provide appropriate supervision for participants, job coaches, volunteers, and master gardeners
- Research grant opportunities and assist with the grant applications
- Prepare operating budgets and track monthly expenditures against these budgets
- Minimum two years of prior experience in horticulture therapy.
- Advanced degree preferred
- Drivers License required
- Excellent interpersonal skills required
- Ability to work outside in a pumpkin patch
- Ability to handle physical lifting of up to 50 pounds