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Safety Coordinator

The Morton Arboretum
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Employment type: 
Part Time
Years of experience: 
5 - 10 years
Required degree level: 
Bachelors degree
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Position Summary: Coordinate the Arboretum’s safety operations and overall risk management.  Update, enforce, and develop as needed, appropriate safety and emergency policies/procedures for protecting visitors, staff, and assets/collections of The Morton Arboretum.  Partner with department supervisors to ensure appropriate safety training and OSHA compliance.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with development, implementation, monitoring, and coordination of safety policies, procedures, and programs encompassing safety protocol, policy enforcement, crime prevention, fire prevention & suppression, chemical safety, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, and emergency & evacuation procedures. 
  • Review and update safety, security, and emergency procedures, policies, and operational guidelines.  Ensure all safety programs are compliant with OSHA regulations.  Ensure that program areas follow protocols and remain compliant with storage and use of chemicals, pesticides, or hazardous materials.
  • Prepare and conduct classroom and online safety related training programs.  Work with supervisors and managers to ensure that safety training requirements are met, depending on position and location.
  • Recognize and assess safety and health hazards across the Arboretum, working with internal departments to minimize occupational health and safety risks and manage compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Conduct comprehensive safety and hygiene audits.
  • Conduct accident investigations, and work with departments to correct safety hazards and develop preventative procedures.
  • Perform job hazard assessments and recommend measures to control exposures, including substitution of less hazardous materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), work practice changes, and engineering controls.
  • Write reports documenting observations, sampling results, and proposing recommendations.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree required with major coursework in safety, public service, criminal justice, police science, fire science, behavioral science, business or public administration, or related field.  5+ years of occupational experience in public safety, law enforcement, fire service, or occupational safety training required.  Must have or obtain certifications in CPR, AED, CPR-PR, and/or First Responder skills.  Must have or obtain 10-hour OSHA Certification within six months in the position.  Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors:  Dependable, flexible, and committed to customer satisfaction and superior customer service delivery.  Demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the public and coworkers.  Demonstrate professional communications with sensitivity to confidential matters and diverse populations and abilities.  Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. 

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 some physical activity:  limited lifting and carrying (25 lbs.), climbing stairs, prolonged periods of standing/sitting/walking. 
  • Work Environment: Office environment and Arboretum grounds.  Work is performed in a combination of indoors and outdoors .  Some exposure to extreme weather dependent on the season.
  • Equipment: General office equipment, two-way radio, AED, and other general safety/emergency equipment.
  • Schedule: Must be available for weekend and evening work schedule as needed.  


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


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.

The Morton Arboretum is a magnificent outdoor museum with a mission to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. The Arboretum ranks among the leading arboretums of the world in size, age, quality of specimens, and programs in Plant Collections, Science and Conservation, and Education.

History:  Established in 1922 by Mr. Joy Morton, founder of the Morton Salt Company and son of J. Sterling Morton, the originator of Arbor Day, the Arboretum has grown to include 1,700 acres of plant collections and gardens amid spectacular natural landscapes of woodlands, prairie, lakes, and streams.

Plant Collections:  The Arboretum grows and displays a rich diversity of trees, shrubs, and other plants that are Collections evaluated for their suitability for the midwestern United States. These living collections include 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 different kinds of plants. Arranged by geographic, taxonomic, and other special groupings, the collections are enhanced by restored natural areas of native plants.

Science and Conservation:  The Research Program focuses on practical scientific studies; key areas include tree health, tree Conservation improvement, and woodland conservation. Housed in the state-of-the-art Research Center is a Herbarium with a collection of 200,000 dried specimens for botanical research. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative develops strategies for tree and urban forest improvement; the Community Trees program advocates for trees in 274 communities in seven counties. ArbNet, facilitated by The Morton Arboretum, is an interactive professional community of arboreta with programs to foster advancements among tree-focused gardens. Science and conservation initiatives address international needs to build partnerships and save endangered trees.

Education:  The Education Program is relevant to needs and interests in learning about plants, nature, and ways to improve our world. Through the Thornhill Education Center, classes and other offerings for adults, youth and family, and schools and scouts serve 47,000 participants, with 646 schools partaking of field, lab, and outreach programs. Also available are teacher-training resources and a cooperative botany degree program with regional colleges and universities. The Sterling Morton Library contains collections of 27,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, natural history, and ecology; rare books, periodicals, and catalogs; and 12,000 botanical artworks. The Plant Clinic answers inquiries from 536 zip codes about plant selection and care. 

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