Employment

Please check back for information about opportunities in various departments at the Garden. Resumés and applications are only accepted for open positions. Applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered. Please see how to apply for further information.

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Seasonal

Aquatic Plant Maintenance A-C
Requisition Number: 257
Overview: Over the past 13 years, nearly 1/2 million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of the Garden's lakeshore. The aquatic plant maintenance seasonal staff maintain these new shoreline plantings. This includes removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, plant community documentation, late-season cutting and... Read more
Exhibition Installer
Requisition Number: 238
Tour Guide/Event & Exhibition Sales
Requisition Number: 244
Overview: Do you enjoy interacting with people and plants? As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the ideal applicant has exceptional communications and customer-relations skills. Tour guides provide 35-minute scripted tours to adults and children while driving an open air tram or walking. As part of Visitor Operations, this staff person supports Garden events and exhibitions through ticket sales... Read more
Visitor Assistant, Cashier A-D
Requisition Number: 253
Overview: As part of Visitor Operations, the ideal applicant has exceptional communication and customer-relations skills, providing an outstanding first impression and creating a positive and memorable experience for Chicago Botanic Garden visitors. The visitor assistant provides support for Garden exhibitions and events through a welcoming greeting, timely and accurate ticket sales using computerized... Read more
Wonderland Express Family Drop-In Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 258
Overview: To facilitate a range of free, hands-on, winter nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families visiting the Wonderland Express exhibition. Position duration: November 27 through January 4.

Regular

Assistant Horticulturist, Lakeside Gardens
Requisition Number: 254
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the Lakeside Gardens through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools. Work weekend duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibition to water plants and perform general garden maintenance.
Assistant Horticulturist, The Greenhouses
Requisition Number: 255
Overview: Work with the horticulture staff and staff in other departments in planning, installing, and maintaining changing exhibitions such as Wonderland Express and the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Tasks will include installing plants and props, as well as maintenance duties including watering and grooming plants; attention to detail is important. Other duties include working with the... Read more
Coordinator, North Lawndale Windy City Harvest Youth Farm
Requisition Number: 259
Overview: Since 2003, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a vital youth development program for urban high school students in and around the City of Chicago. This summer employment opportunity exposes youth to various issues around food systems and leadership through: using sustainable growing practices to raise a variety of food crops, selling produce to community residents and other local... Read more
Development Assistant
Requisition Number: 256
Overview: The planned and major gifts area is charged with raising millions of dollars each year for annual support, capital projects, and endowment from individual donors. This position is responsible for all aspects of support related to planned and major gifts in a detailed and organized fashion, including database entry, report production, interaction with donors and event support (approximately 18... Read more
Horticultural Specialist
Requisition Number: 241
Overview: The work schedule is 20 hours per week and requires flexibility throughout the year. From April through October, the work schedule includes one weekend day. From November through March, the work schedule is generally on weekdays.
Security Operations Specialist
Requisition Number: 240
Senior Horticulturist, Malott Japanese Garden
Requisition Number: 252
Overview: Coordinate the development and maintenance of display gardens of the highest quality for the education and enjoyment of visitors. Provide horticultural expertise to the public about gardening.
Specialist, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 247
Overview: To maintain quality plant collections in gardens, grounds and turf through the use of an integrated pest management program including preventive, biological, cultural and chemical control methods.

Internship

Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 201
Overview: Do you have an interest in learning about new garden plants? Would you like to be a part of a program that shares information on how ornamental plants grow with professional horticulturists, landscape designers, educators, researchers, and home gardeners? The Plant Evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe plants in outdoor gardens and document their performance through data... Read more