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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-G
Requisition Number: 422
Overview: Over the past 16 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 maintain 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 CBG Camp Counselor
Requisition Number: 421
Overview: To assist Camp Programs with daily camper drop off/pick up, serve as instructional aides, and lunch supervision. 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 ages 2 to 15.
Display Gardens Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 415
Overview: To learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
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
Grower, Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Lake County
Requisition Number: 406
Overview: Join a team of enthusiastic, dedicated, and mission-oriented horticulturists and youth workers to teach teens how to grow, market, and cook with sustainably produced produce. We are seeking a grower for the one-acre in-ground production site on the border of Waukegan and Lake County in the Greenbelt Forest Preserve, part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The Grower will work with the... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 416
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
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 414
Overview: To gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop the skills required to become a future botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and... Read more
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.
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 412
Overview: Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production Department. These divisions include nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 413
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 the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
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: 423
Overview: Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat.

Regular

Assistant Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens
Requisition Number: 420
Overview: Make a great first impression on visitors to the Garden by maintaining the first gardens they see upon arrival at the highest level. Maintain an area consisting of the Barbara Carr Administrative Center, path from the Administrative Center to the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden, and Entrance Gardens. Work weekend duty on rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibitions... Read more
Auxiliaries Coordinator
Requisition Number: 410
Overview: To serve the operations needs of the Chicago Botanic Garden and to be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden (the young professional board) and its fundraising events. To provide support and to serve as in integral member of Events & Board Operations team as well the overall development department. The Auxiliaries Coordinator reports to... Read more
Building Engineer 1
Requisition Number: 397
Overview: To assist the manager of Construction and Maintenance in performing building and infrastructure system maintenance, repair, and construction.
Coordinator, Development
Requisition Number: 419
Overview: To coordinate tracking system for cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition of institutional donors; oversee logistics for donor cultivation activities, such as donor visits and fulfilling corporate sponsor benefits; maintain donor database and files; and steward on-site sponsors.
Coordinator, Washington Park Windy City Harvest Youth Farm
Requisition Number: 409
Overview: Since 2003, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a 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 the following: using sustainable growing practices to raise a variety of food crops, selling produce to community residents and other... Read more
Curator, Woody Plants
Requisition Number: 398
Overview: Responsible for the acquisition, development, use, research, and interpretation of an internationally renowned collection of woody plants that will establish the standard for excellence.
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.
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Requisition Number: 411
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great horticultural display gardens and living museums. In 2016, more than one million people have visited the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands. The permanent plant collection... Read more

Internship

Display Gardens Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 415
Overview: To learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 416
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
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 414
Overview: To gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop the skills required to become a future botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and... Read more
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 412
Overview: Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production Department. These divisions include nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 413
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 the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.