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Our story began in 1983 when James Schwantz founded Acres Group. Jim’s vision was to build a company based on being the “best at what we do”. Through hard work, dedication, mentoring and training, and exemplary customer service, Jim’s vision has become a reality.
Through the years, we have grown into an Award-Winning Professional Landscape Firm offering a wide variety of services such as maintenance, enhancements, turf and plant healthcare, tree care, irrigation, and more … all to fulfill the expectations of our clients and offering our employees the opportunity to be challenged, learn and grow, and really make an impact in the daily operations of our business.
We believe that the most productive investment is people … their dedication, talent, and initiative are the driving force behind the success of Acres Group.
WE STRIVE TO LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION ON MORE THAN JUST OUR LANDSCAPES
Although we work hard here at Acres, we understand that getting out there and being active in our community allows us to step away from day-to-day activities and give back to those who need our help the most. We are committed to demonstrating a sense of compassion for both our customers and communities.
Whether it’s a company planned event or an employee’s personal undertaking, our community service results are far-reaching and felt by many.
- Northern Illinois Food Bank – Packing Event
- Feed My Starving Children®
- JDRF One Walk®
- MS150 Tour De Farms
- Holiday Family Sponsorships
- Clothing Drives
- Community Fundraising Events
- Support and Donate to the United States Military
In addition to giving back to our community, Acres Group gives back to its employees as well. Our company’s success is due in part to the dynamic team environment in which we work. Our team members attend social events, outings, and trainings together to facilitate a caring mutually respectful work environment for all. Some past events have included:
- 50/50 Raffle Support For Organizations Such As St. Jude’s Hospital and ASPCA, Combatting Animal Cruelty
- Kane County Cougars Employee Appreciation Day
- Soccer Tournament and Field Staff Appreciation Day
- Customer Training Events
- Customer Appreciation Day
To be professional landscape industry leaders committed to excellence through knowledge and quality service.
We treat our customers like friends and family. We are dedicated to educating them on the latest horticultural developments within our industry. If our customers are knowledgeable, then they will continue to make informed decisions regarding their landscapes and maintain their loyal commitment to Acres Group. Our customers are the focus of everything we do.
Our commitment to being on the leading edge of landscaping technology and practices demonstrates our desire to be the leader in our industry. We strive to find individuals with the same integrity, strong character, professionalism, and ambition to continue to define our unique success.
OUR CORPORATE VALUES
COME GROW WITH US
When you make the decision to join Acres Group, we are committed to making sure you and your family have the appropriate care to build a better future. Depending on your position, we offer different benefits packages which allows you to choose the benefits that are the best for you.
- Paid Time-Off and Holidays
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (Healthcare and Dependent Care)
- Life Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Short-term and Long-term Disability
- 401(k) Plan with a 5% company match
Internships – Customer Service Specialists
When interviewing for our internships, we look for an ideal candidate that is majoring in Horticulture, Landscape Design, Sustainable Agriculture, Landscape Contracting and Management, Landscape Construction and Maintenance, Architecture Arts, Humanities or some related field. You’ll contribute to a team doing meaningful work right away, helping build deeper relationships with customers and learning the ins and out of landscaping (i.e. property walks, bid preparation, account management, production, purchasing, estimating and giving customer presentations).
Internships are paid and typically 10 weeks in length and offered at all three of our facilities; Wauconda, Roselle and Plainfield, IL. Additional benefits include housing assistance, learning through Learning through Direct Mentor Relationships and many fun outings, educational Events, and on the job training.
For more information on the Acres Internship Program, contact Julie Ellinger at 847-487-3257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below and someone will contact you.
2019 CAREER FAIRS
Come visit and say hello to Julie Ellinger, our Talent Acquisition Manger, this fall at the following career fairs!
Illinois State 9/16
University of Illinois 9/26
Western Illinois University 10/2
Iowa State 10/7
COLLEGE RECRUITING FAQ
Q: What classes should I be taking during my horticulture education?
At Acres Group, we prefer students to be well-rounded in all areas especially in their coursework. Attempt to gear your electives toward your individual horticulture interests and take a Spanish course if you have the time. While that golfing course looks exciting, try to take a technical writing course or sales course to prepare you for life after college.
Q: What kind of experience should I gain while completing my education?
We strongly encourage multiple internships, co-ops, and part-time work in the landscaping industry. While working at the local pool may be fun, working in the landscaping industry prior to graduation is much more beneficial to your career goals.
Q: Do I have to be bilingual in English/Spanish to work at Acres Group?
We do not require that our staff be bilingual, but it is incredibly helpful if you are bilingual.
Q: Are there Landscape Architects employed at Acres Group?
Yes, so if you are trying to become a licensed Landscape Architect it is achievable through working at Acres Group.
Q: What if I would like to interview with Acres Group but my university is not on the campus events schedule?
If you are not a student at one of the universities we will be attending this year, you can apply by sending your resume via our website or attend an event that is closest to you.
Q: What is the dress code at Acres Group?
We offer a business casual environment at our work facilities and Fridays are casual.
Q: What makes an individual just starting out at Acres Group successful?
Successful new members of our team ask a lot of questions, are self-starters, and take the initiative without having to be encouraged. Most of our team is considered innovators or entrepreneurs among their peers. Individuals who like a challenge and rise to the occasion excel at Acres Group.
Q: What is the difference between an Account Representative and a Customer Service Specialist?
A Customer Service Specialist is our entry-level position for recent college graduates and individuals starting a second career. Our Account Representative positions are for individuals that have 3-5 years of Maintenance Sales experience in the horticulture industry.
WHERE WILL YOUR SKILLS TAKE YOU