Interpretive Programs Intern

Requisition Number: 
277
Department: 
Interpretive Programs
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Full-time
Overview: 
To achieve 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 internal and external meetings.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist in the preparation, setup, and cleanup of weekday and weekend programs in the Fruit & Vegetable Garden including Discovery Carts, Garden Chef Series, and Plant Giveaway. Prepare and maintain supplies and work with volunteers.
  • Assist with volunteer interpretive programs in the Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and Model Railroad Garden, as well as the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition.
  • Gain subject matter competency relating to specific garden areas.
  • Interact with visitors, answer questions, and facilitate programs as assigned.
  • Complete programmatic duties such as data entry, copying, and sign-making as needed using standard office equipment. Keep statistics for reports.
  • Attend required meetings and assist with other projects as needed in Interpretive Programs.
Qualifications: 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Candidate should be available to work early May through August or September.
  • Programs run through mid-October if candidate's schedule allows continued work.
  • If candidate is available, attendance at earlier (April and May) training/ review sessions is encouraged. Work week is Wednesday through Sunday, between 30 and 37.5 hours per week.
  • Candidate must be enrolled in a college museum studies program or a related field, such as horticulture or environmental education, with an interest in working with volunteers.
  • The ideal candidate will be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced environment and possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.
Physical Demands: 
Position requires periods of walking and standing with light lifting (up to approximately 15 pounds) and pushing. Most of the work is conducted outside, rain or shine.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.