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Seasonal Security Officer

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This position is 16 hours per week.

The seasonal security officer will serve visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Maintain the safety of visitors, employees, and property at the Garden while enforcing Garden rules and regulations
  • Provide information and assistance to the visitor in a pleasant, professional manner
  • Work closely with Visitor Services to provide the best information and service for the visitor
  • Maintain valid certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators), and standard first aid through Garden-provided training
  • Provide emergency first aid to employees and to visitors
  • Prepare accurate and clear reports of accidents, illness, theft, vandalism or any other unusual occurrences with immediate notification to security management
  • Perform responsibilities specific to each post as assigned: gatehouse, west gate, Dundee gate, Education Center, front of gateway, Information Desk, Malott Japanese Garden, Evening Island, Regenstin Fruit & Vegetable Garden, etc.
  • Control traffic whenever needed
  • Make appropriate Security department vehicle operating and safety checks
  • Pick up and deliver persons and materials as needed
  • Assist security management in other areas as directed

Our ideal candidates will have the following:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • First aid and CPR training
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds. Licensed driver insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society. Must be able to work overtime as required by the operational needs of the department.
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 construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.