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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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Regular

Adult Education Assistant
Requisition Number: 383
Overview: To assist Adult Education department in the logistics involved in maintaining consistently high-quality class experiences for a vibrant community of lifelong learners.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 371
Overview: To serve visitors, members and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Teacher A Early Childhood Programs Nature Preschool (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
Requisition Number: 382
Overview: To teach in a high quality, mission-based early childhood educational program. Implement developmentally appropriate lessons to children ages 3 to 5 in a nature-based preschool setting.
Teacher B Childhood Programs Nature Preschool (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Requisition Number: 381
Overview: To teach in a high quality, mission-based early childhood educational program. Implement developmentally appropriate lessons to children ages 3 to 5 in a nature-based preschool setting.
Youth & Family Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 320
Overview: To facilitate a range of hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families at the Garden, primarily children's birthday parties on weekends. The hours for this position are scheduled on an as needed basis, typically two to three weekend days per month.

Seasonal

Aquatic Plant Maintenance A-H
Requisition Number: 337
Overview: Over the past 15 years, a half-million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of the Garden's lakeshore. The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff maintains these new shoreline plantings, including removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant... Read more
Camp Operations Assistant B, Camp CBG
Requisition Number: 367
Overview: To assist Camp Programs in all aspects of management of Camp CBG, with a focus on day-to-day logistics. Camp CBG is a specialized program of the Education Department that focuses on the development, delivery, and evaluation of outdoor science, nature art, and foods-based educational programs for children ages 2 to 15.
College First Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 373
Overview: To deliver an eight week summer, hands-on science internship program for students in grades 11-12. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to design and deliver an environmental science curriculum with emphasis on STEM skills, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects. The instructor should be available to work for 37.5 hours/week from July 5 to... Read more
Coordinator, Buehler Enabling Garden A-G
Requisition Number: 376
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden Veteran Internship Program is a transitional employment program for military service members who have completed their commitment and are ready to reintegrate into civilian life. This is a 14-week, part-time position. Interns will be placed in various departments at the Garden. Duties, physical requirements, and hours of work will depend on intern placement.
Custodian, Seasonal Weekends A-B
Requisition Number: 378
Overview: To clean and perform custodial maintenance for all buildings and outside designated areas.
Family Drop-In Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 368
Overview: To facilitate and develop a range of free, hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden and Native Plant Garden. Weekend hours are required.
Groundskeeper, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 299
Overview: The seasonal groundskeeper performs general landscaping and grounds maintenance, consisting primarily of manual labor under the direction of full-time horticulture staff, working independently or with a crew. Assist with special projects such as event preparation and support. There may be occasional evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Work and area assignments may change during the season as... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 349
Overview: To gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, English Walled and Model Railroad Gardens and the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending... Read more
Lake County Youth Farm Growing Apprentice
Requisition Number: 384
Overview: Students who have completed the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Program, have graduated from high school, and have shown skill and interest in continuing work in agriculture with the Youth Farm program are eligible to apply for this position. Apprentices will work primarily with the grower and coordinator on-site to assist in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and selling Youth Farm produce.
Membership Sales & Visitor Experience Associate
Requisition Number: 365
Overview: To support all aspects of Membership Sales & Visitor Experience on-site, including sales of memberships, membership upgrades, donations, visitor event and program tickets, registrations for various School of the Botanic Garden programs, and Garden information.
Plant Evaluation Internship
Requisition Number: 338
Overview: The plant evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe a diversity of plants in full-sun and green roof gardens. Their performance is documented through data collection and digital photography. The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the largest and most diverse plant evaluation programs in the United States, featuring a wide variety of perennials, vines, and shrubs.
Science First Assistant A-B
Requisition Number: 372
Overview: This position assists the Manager of Secondary Education and Career Programs and the Science First Instructors with the Science First program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the instructors to the Science First program with class and field activities, preparing laboratory and field projects, and working with the Science First students on their daily lessons and... Read more
Seasonal Assistant Horticulturist, Butterflies & Blooms Weekend
Requisition Number: 356
Overview: The assistant horticulturist works closely with the Interpretive Programs staff in the exhibition structure to maintain the plants and butterflies to facilitate the visitor experience during public hours. The assistant horticulturist also works with the Horticulture department and Visitor Services. Weekend and holiday hours are required.
Seasonal Assistant, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 339
Overview: The plant health care seasonal assistant's primary responsibility is to keep the general grounds weed-free. This position will spend most of the time working independently out on the general grounds, performing manual weed control, spraying herbicides, and performing general landscape maintenance. This position also assists the plant health care specialists with other duties such as... Read more
Seasonal Security Officer A-G
Requisition Number: 363
Overview: Would you like to walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden? Do you like riding in a golf cart? Do you enjoy helping people? Maybe a seasonal position in the Security Department is right for you. As a security officer, you would have a variety of duties including patrolling, enforcing Garden rules, and assisting visitors. Excellent customer service skills are required.
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 336
Overview: Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and a quality lakeshore habitat.
Shuttle Van Driver, Security
Requisition Number: 362
Overview: There's nothing like a nice drive through the Chicago Botanic Garden, especially when you're paid to do it. As a shuttle van driver, you will work every Sunday and on holidays, driving employees, volunteers, and others from a remote parking area to the heart of the Garden and back. An excellent driving record and customer service skills are required.
Tour Guide & Cashier
Requisition Number: 358
Overview: As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission, the ideal applicant has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional communication and customer relations skills. The tour guide narrates a 35-minute scripted tour to adults and children when driving a 76-passenger open air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. As part of Visitor Operations, this staff member... Read more
Trolley Driver
Requisition Number: 323
Overview: As both driver and guide, safely transport Chicago Botanic Garden visitors, staff, and volunteers between predetermined locations.
Urban Garden Lab Intern
Requisition Number: 370
Overview: To assist with the delivery of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer enrichment program (15 students ages 15-18) at After School Matters' downtown headquarters. The program intern will help guide youth in their exploration of the environmental and community benefits to rooftop gardening and help them discover the science behind sustainable urban agriculture.
Visitor Assistant & Cashier
Requisition Number: 357
Overview: As part of Visitor Operations, the ideal applicant has exceptional communication and customer relations skills, providing an outstanding first impression while creating a positive and memorable experience for Chicago Botanic Garden visitors. The visitor assistant and cashier provides support for Garden exhibitions and events through a welcoming greeting, timely and accurate ticket sales using... Read more
Visitor Support Associate—Gatehouse, Security A-D
Requisition Number: 364
Overview: Are you a people person? How would you like to personally help welcome more than a million visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden this year? We need gatehouse cashiers to welcome our visitors, collect parking fees, and record visitation data. Various shift hours are available. You must be able to work weekends. Cash-handling experience and excellent customer service skills are required.

Internship

Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 345
Overview: To learn about and gain experience in propagating plants by assisting with the propagation of annuals, perennials, native plants, tropical plants and floriculture crops grown in the production greenhouses and nursery. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during summer to learn about general Botanic Garden operations.