Career Opportunities

We are currently hiring to fill the following positions. We recognize the need to hire and retain top skilled talent to provide the highest quality landscaping service to our clients. We offer the opportunity to become a critical part of our operation with a voice to help shape our growth and future; whether it be in design, installation, garden care, nursery, purchasing or administrative departments.

We ALWAYS welcome resumes from any qualified candidates with landscaping experience interested in our company, and encourage you to contact us to discuss the potential of current or future employment. We offer competitive salaries, employee health care, dental, 401K, flex spending, and performance bonus programs. Casual, non-traditional work atmosphere. Salary based on experience.

  • PLANT DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR; PERENNIAL AND BIENNIAL GROWER

    PLANT DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR; PERENNIAL AND BIENNIAL GROWER

    The Plant Distribution Coordinator has the responsibility of managing the fulfillment of all plant orders for Retail Events, Garden Care, and Installation. They must organize all incoming and outgoing deliveries of seasonals, perennials, woodies, and growing supplies.  And manage all storage and interim care of plant material while it is held at the nursery.

    Major Responsibilities/Activities

    • Manage and coordinate the pulling and distribution of all Perennial, Woody, and Seasonal plant material for the Retail Events, Garden Care orders and Installation orders
    • Coordinate the day-to-day maintenance of Perennials and the WH Nursery grounds
    • Work closely with Woody Plant Procurer, Seasonal Grower, and Operations Manager to efficiently utilize shared labor pool
    • Perform normal inventory duties as a function of the position

    Minimum Requirements Necessary to do this Job

    • Bachelor Degree in Horiticulture or related field
    • 3-5 years experience in a working nursery operation
    • Strong working knowledge of perennial, annual, and woody plant material
    • Good organizational skills
    • Strong computer skills with a comfort level in Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word
    • Licensed Pesticide Applicator Certification

    Number of Employees this Employee Oversees

    • 3-5 seasonal laborers to complete all maintenance requirements

    Working Conditions

    • Physically demanding
    • Requires working in all weather conditions
    • Must be available to work a rotating holiday schedule

    Equipment Used

    • Tractor
    • Forklift
    • Spray equipment

    Salary is commensurate with experience. If interested, please send your resume and salary history to rbuvala@craigbergmann.com.

  • SENIOR GARDENER

    SENIOR GARDENER

    The Senior Gardener is responsible for running maintenance crews overseeing several clients’ properties. Maintaining the highest degree of customer satisfaction is paramount, as is ensuring that the vision inspired by Craig Bergmann and his design teams retains its beauty by applying their horticultural knowledge and design skills in garden aftercare. We desire individuals who possess the following traits:

    • Advanced horticulture knowledge and formal training
    • Extensive plant identification skills, primarily perennial and seasonal plants
    • Strong organization, communication, and supervisory skills
    • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus
    • Proficiency in Microsoft applications and computer use

    Major Responsibilities/Activities

    • Develop a good working relationship with the client and be responsive to their design preferences and budget
    • Supervise and develop staff (3-5) to work productively and provide opportunities to learn and advance
    • Perform field inspections to ensure the quality and completeness of work performed. Identify potential additional work needed, and proactively address any watering, disease or maintenance issues and coordinate any needs with crew, head gardener or client
    • Work with the head gardener in the development of realistic work plans with tasks and timeframes, and maintain resulting crew schedules on a computerized dispatch board
    • Coordinate activities and interaction with other contractors if requested by the client
    • Monitor equipment use and maintain vehicles and equipment in good working order

    Related administrative functions with this position entail the following:

    • Process orders and billing for client visits
    • Work with the client to develop garden plans for the following year and coordinate agreement
    • Maintain time reporting, supervision and any disciplinary actions staff
    • Monitor schedule, make purchases for clients, coordinate adjustments with nursery based on the availability of plant materials in order to maintain or improve crew productivity %

    Additional required Skills:

    • Ability to operate a light dump truck and trailer. Possess a valid Illinois driver’s license
    • Illinois pesticide operator’s license
    • Good physical condition with the ability to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in all types of weather, and handle extended schedules seasonally
    • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus

    Salary is commensurate with experience. If interested, please send your resume and salary history to rbuvala@craigbergmann.com.

  • ASSISTANT GROWER

    ASSISTANT GROWER

    Lake Forest Design/Build Landscaping firm has a position open for an individual to assist in the production of all seasonal plants, perennials, and special projects for use by Retail Events, Installation, and Garden Care.

    Major Responsibilities/Activities

    • Assist in the production of all seasonal and perennial crops grown at the Wadsworth facility
    • Keep accurate production records
    • Work with plant health care teams to keep container plants, woody nursery, and field grown plants in top quality condition
    • Assist in the pest management program set forth by the Seasonal Grower and Perennial Grower

    Qualifications

    • Associate Degree in Horticulture
    • Minimum of 1 year in Horticultural field
    • Comfortable with use of computer including all Microsoft Office applications
    • Proven ability to work independently
    • Good working knowledge of plant production methods
    • Comfortable with names of annual, perennial, and woody plants
    • Licensed Pesticide Applicator/Ornamental Plan specialization certification required

    Working Conditions

    • Able to work outside in all weather conditions
    • Seasonal hours, some weekends
    • Heavy lifting

    Salary is commensurate with experience. If interested, please send your resume and salary history to rbuvala@craigbergmann.com.

  • INSTALLATION LABORER

    INSTALLATION LABORER

    The Labor staff is the base on which CBLD is built. Installation Laborers grade and prepare garden beds and install the plantings to bring garden designs to fruition. Work is seasonal. Opportunity for advancement with increased horticultural knowledge and experience.

    Major Responsibilities/Activities

    • Install plant material properly and in the right conditions to allow the plant to thrive
    • Layout areas according to the design planned
    • Rough grading tasks include prepping garden areas, grade, install paving, steppers
    • Transplant and install plant materials, prune and trim, water
    • Load/unload trucks, job site cleanup
    • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, use basic garden tools and power tools
    • Bilingual English/Spanish skills a plus
    • Additional compensation for candidates able to assist with foreman’s responsibilities possessing valid Illinois driver’s license, paperwork/computer skills, or pesticide license

    Salary is commensurate with experience. If interested, please send your resume and salary history to lfrench@craigbergmann.com.

  • GARDEN CARE LABORER

    GARDEN CARE LABORER

    The Labor staff is the base on which CBLD is built. Garden Care Laborers maintain gardens to cultivate prosperous growth and sustain the design intent of the maturing landscape. Work is seasonal. Horticultural expertise is a major plus and opportunity for advancement with increased horticultural knowledge and experience.

    Major Responsibilities/Activities

    • Install plant material properly and in the right conditions to allow the plant to thrive
    • Prepare and install flowering container arrangements and seasonal displays
    • Transplant and install plant materials, specialty woody pruning, hedging, and watering
    • Load/unload trucks, job site cleanup
    • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, use basic garden tools and power tools
    • Bilingual English/Spanish skills a plus
    • Additional compensation for candidates able to assist with foreman’s responsibilities possessing valid Illinois driver’s license, paperwork/computer skills, or pesticide license

    Salary is commensurate with experience. If interested, please send your resume and salary history to rbuvala@craigbergmann.com.