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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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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
Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-I
Requisition Number: 341
Overview: The assistant horticulturist seasonals work closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in different display gardens with high attention to detail. They will spend most of their time working out in the gardens and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. There are eight positions that will be working in different areas with... Read more
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, North Lawndale Youth Farm
Requisition Number: 346
Overview: Join a team of enthusiastic, dedicated, and mission-oriented horticulturists and youth workers to teach urban youth how to grow, market, and cook with sustainably produced produce on the North Lawndale Youth Farm! The North Lawndale Youth Farm is seeking a Grower for its 1/4 acre raised bed intensive site. The Grower will work with the WCH YF Coordinator and Director to be an integral part of the... 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
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.
Prairie- River Management Technician A-B
Requisition Number: 347
Overview: Assist in the management of two of the Garden's natural areas: a 15-acre created prairie (exhibits six different types of prairie communities found in northeastern Illinois) and a mile-long urban river reach with an adjoining 22 acres of developing wetlands, prairie and savanna. This position involves physically demanding work for extended periods of time. Typical work responsibilities... Read more
Research Intern, Plants of Concern/ Cook County FP
Requisition Number: 335
Overview: This 36-week, 35-hour per week position involves monitoring rare plants in the Cook County Forest Preserves through the Plants of Concern (POC) program, a widely recognized citizen science program. The position is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Duties include collecting field monitoring data, helping recruit and train volunteer monitors, entering/analyzing monitoring data including GIS... Read more
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 Events Coordinator
Requisition Number: 353
Overview: To implement and assist with a variety of events and shows within the Visitor Events & Programs department at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Seasonal Farm Ops Corps Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 351
Overview: The crew leader should have high energy for and interest in working with participants transitioning and preparing to enter the workforce, as well as a commitment to teamwork. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in leading others to develop job skills and comfortable using organic farming techniques as the vehicle. The crew leader must be able to demonstrate the ability to... Read more
Seasonal Rodeo Coordinator
Requisition Number: 350
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a coordinator to oversee our Rodeo Farm located at 26th Place and Rockwell Avenue in Chicago. This is an intensive 1-acre production farm and 1-acre composting operation that also houses a small apiary, 1,200 square-foot hoophouse, and milkweed research project. The purpose of this farm is to grow the highest quality produce for our wholesale partner, meet a... Read more
Seasonal Rodeo Corps Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 352
Overview: The crew leader should have high energy for and interest in working with participants transitioning and preparing to enter the workforce, as well as a commitment to teamwork. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in leading others to develop job skills and comfortable using organic farming techniques as the vehicle. The crew leader must be able to demonstrate the ability to... Read more
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.
Tour Guide & Cashier
Requisition Number: 300
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.
Visitor Assistant & Cashier
Requisition Number: 301
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
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm in Lake County Intern
Requisition Number: 340
Overview: The Windy City Harvest Youth Farm interns will be working as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside teenagers to produce vibrant young people and delicious, organically grown food for underserved communities.

Regular

Auxiliaries Coordinator
Requisition Number: 348
Overview: To provide support and to serve as an integral member of the Events & Board Operations team as well the overall Development Department. To serve the operations needs of the Chicago Botanic Garden as specifically related to its auxiliary groups — Board of Directors, Woman's Board, and the Guild. The auxiliaries coordinator works closely with the senior director, events & board... Read more
Coordinator, Family Programs
Requisition Number: 334
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden seeks an enthusiastic informal educator to develop and deliver high-quality, mission-based, family programs and activities that enhance the family visitor experience at the Garden, particularly for families with children ages 2 through 8. Weekend work is required, with a Sunday-through-Thursday schedule.
Senior Officer, Security
Requisition Number: 322
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.

Internship

Display Gardens Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 344
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 Botanic Garden operations.
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 343
Overview: To gain broad based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop 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 operations,... Read more
Production Greenhouse and Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 342
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 the 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 Botanic Garden operations.
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.