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Employee Core Values


Employee Core Values

The Morton Arboretum’s mission is focused on trees, people, communities, and the environment. Employees with diverse skills and backgrounds unite as one workforce to make impacts through science and conservation, education, plant collections, and outreach. Core values guide employee conduct as we pursue the Arboretum’s mission together.

Take Ownership
Be a responsible steward. Care for the collections, visitors, supporters, and colleagues. Be mindful that work done today impacts the people and trees of tomorrow. Make a positive impact on the environment.

Work Together 
Respect one another. Appreciate diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds. Actively contribute to shared outcomes. Do what is best for the Arboretum.

Keep Learning
Pursue knowledge and betterment. Challenge yourself to grow. Experiment and evaluate to find improved ways of doing things. Find ways to increase effectiveness. Ask questions and exchange perspectives.

Make the Arboretum Exceptional 
Take time to ensure a job well done. Give thought to the best possible approaches, plans, and outcomes. Make every aspect of the Arboretum the best it can be. Contribute to a great visitor experience. Emphasize quality.