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Aquaponics Production Assistant, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1066
Overview:
Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated Aquaponics Production Assistant to support with our agricultural workforce development centered programs focused on food, jobs and health. The applicant will assist with completing construction of a 6,000 sq. ft. production aquaponics system. The assistant applicant will be involved in start-up procedures for half of system and ongoing system operation growing for wholesale markets. This is a seasonal full-time position anticipated to end in November 2022 working Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more about Windy City Harvest and the Farm on Ogden here: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/urbanagriculture

Aquatic Plant Harvester Operator

Requisition Number:
1095
Overview:
The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for an energetic, mechanically adept seasonal employee to operate our aquatic plant harvester in summer 2022, and ideally in subsequent years. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres of lakes. Over the past 20 years, more than ½ million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 5 miles of our lakeshore. To help maintain desirable submerged plant communities and overall lake aesthetics, routine trimming of excessive submerged vegetation growth and algal mats is conducted. The harvester equipment has underwater blades that cut submerged plant stems and then remove them from the lake via conveyor belts. When the on-board storage area for cut plant material has been filled, the harvester connects to a shore-based conveyor system that offloads the harvester’s cut plants into a dump truck; the cut plant material is then driven to the Garden’s landscape waste processing area where it is converted into mulch. The season is anticipated to run from May through September 2022, and work is scheduled Monday through Friday.

Aquatic Plant Maintenance (A-C)

Requisition Number:
1112
Overview:
Over the past 20 years, more than ½-million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 5 miles of the Garden’s lakeshore. These shoreline plantings have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat, and they now serve as a research site for scientific study. Most recently, the Shida Evaluation Garden shoreline restoration project added nearly 60,000 new plants to our shoreline. The season is anticipated to start in May 2022 and continue through September/December 2022, and work is scheduled to from Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff maintain these new shoreline plantings through removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant communities and aesthetic shoreline conditions. Staff in this position are provided with an exceptional opportunity to learn identification of 240 taxa of native wetland plants while gaining a better understanding of lake shoreline erosion control strategies and shoreline ecology. Employees are also able to participate in several training opportunities provided by the Garden’s distinguished staff of conservation scientists.

Assistant Horticulturist (A-I)

Requisition Number:
972
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 spend most of their time working in the gardens and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. There are nine positions that will be working in different areas with responsibilities such as using organic gardening methods in maintaining the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, maintaining native plants in the Native Plant Garden, perennial borders in the Farwell Landscape Garden and Helen and Richard Thomas English Walled Garden, training pines in the Malott Japanese Garden, maintaining roses in the Krasberg Rose Garden, tending annual borders in the Circle Garden, and maintaining the Buehler Enabling Garden. Seasonal start dates range from February 2022 to late May 2022 and run for an anticipated 36 weeks working 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Assistant Horticulturist- Butterflies & Blooms (Seasonal Part-time & Seasonal Full-time)

Requisition Number:
1081
Overview:
Work in the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition to maintain the plants, pupae, and live tropical butterflies, with opportunity to assist in the visitor experience during public hours. The season is anticipated to start May 11, 2022, and to last for sixteen weeks.
Seasonal Part-time: Approximately 24 hours a week, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday
Seasonal Full-time: Approximately 32 hours a week, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday

Associate Vice President Community Engagement, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1119
Overview:
The Associate Vice President, Community Engagement oversees the Garden’s community-based initiatives, including the Windy City Harvest urban agriculture and jobs training program and Therapeutic Horticulture. You will be responsible for developing strategy and setting the growth plan for community engagement broadly in alignment with the Garden’s strategic plan, mission, and purpose. In this role you will be responsible for seeking out new projects and opportunities, assisting with fundraising efforts and managing partner relations. You will model the Garden’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, and ensure alignment with the Garden's mission, values, and brand, as you guide strategic initiatives alongside senior leadership colleagues.

Audio Visual Technician - Resource

Requisition Number:
1126
Overview:
The resource media services AV technician is responsible for the timely setup, operation, and wrap-up of small sound and video systems. A qualified candidate will be able to work independently and possess the skills to set up a complete sound system and video system that may include wireless microphones, small mixers, speakers, video projectors/switchers, and other sources. Basic Mac and PC computer skills will be required and PowerPoint software will be the main focus. A working knowledge of large format flat-panel displays and LCD projectors is helpful. Assisting in larger productions and events will also be needed occasionally. Our technicians must possess a pleasant disposition and be able to work well in a professional environment. A flexible schedule is a must. Weekends and weeknights until 9 p.m. are common.

Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition Assistant Facilitator

Requisition Number:
1092
Overview:
Provide an exceptional visitor experience by organizing volunteers and supporting positive visitor interaction. There are two seasonal, part-time positions available. The season is anticipated to start May 27, 2022, and last 17 weeks. The scheduled hours are Saturday through Monday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Friday through Sunday, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition Facilitator - Seasonal full-time or part-time

Requisition Number:
1115
Overview:
We are looking for one seasonal full-time or two seasonal part-time exhibition facilitators for the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Provide an exceptional visitor experience by organizing volunteers and supporting positive visitor interaction. The season is anticipated to start May 27, 2022, and last 17 weeks. The scheduled hours are Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Camp CBG Counselors

Requisition Number:
1090
Overview:
We are looking for three camp counselors 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 food-based educational programs for children ages 2 to15.

Camp CBG Instructors

Requisition Number:
1089
Overview:
We are looking for six camp instructors to instruct half or full-day camp programs for children ages 2 to12 on a part-time basis. Programs are hands-on, inquiry-based, outdoor science experiences. Camp CBG is a specialized program of the Education Department that focuses on the development, delivery, and evaluation of outdoor science, nature, art, and food-based educational programs children ages 2 to 15.

Camp Operations Assistant A, Camp CBG

Requisition Number:
1106
Overview:
To assist the Manager of 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 children ages 2-15. This is a seasonal full-time position for eleven weeks starting May 30, 2022 working Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Camp Operations Assistant B, Camp CBG

Requisition Number:
1107
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 children ages 2-15. This is a seasonal full-time position for twelve weeks starting May 30, 2022 working Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

College First Assistant

Requisition Number:
1062
Overview:
This position assists the Manager of Science Career Continuum and College First/Science First Instructors. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the instructors for the Science First program with virtual class activities,
preparing for e-learning, working with the Science First students on their daily lessons and projects. The Assistant should be available to work from June 27 to August 12, 2022.

College First Instructor

Requisition Number:
1060
Overview:
To deliver a seven-week summer, hands-on science internship program for students in grades 11 to 12. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to deliver and evaluate an environmental science curriculum with an emphasis on environmental justice and STEM, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects. The instructor should be available to work 37.5 hours/week from June 27 to August 12, 2022.

Custodian (part-time weekends)

Requisition Number:
1104
Overview:
The Custodian is responsible for ensuring clean and well maintained areas within the facilities of the Garden. To assist in setting up and clean up from special events and support other departments. This is a part-time weekend (Saturday and Sunday) position working 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Custodian - Full-time

Requisition Number:
1109
Overview:
The custodian is responsible for ensuring clean and well-maintained areas within the facilities of the Garden. The custodian will assist in setting up and cleaning up from special events and supporting other departments. This is a full-time position, working 40 hours a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 11:30 p.m.

Ecological Restoration Technician

Requisition Number:
1075
Overview:
Technicians, in this position, will work with ecologists in managing the Dixon Prairie and Skokie River Corridor to support native plant diversity. They will have the opportunity to learn how to identify and manage a wide range of both native and invasive plant species. They will gain knowledge about prairie and riparian ecology and restoration management, and acquire skills required to manage these habitats, in particularly control of invasive species. Numerous hand-on training opportunities will be provided, as well as opportunities to visit other natural areas both on-site and off-site, and to participate in training opportunities provided by the Garden’s distinguished staff of conservation scientists.  This is a seasonal full-time position anticipated to start April 18, 2022, for 34 weeks working Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Engineer - Model Railroad Garden

Requisition Number:
1108
Overview:
Perform daily operations and maintenance duties for the Model Railroad Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is a seasonal, part-time position, starting end of April/early May through August 2022.
There are six positions available to work various shifts Monday through Sunday.

Shift times are:
May
1st Shift = 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2nd Shift = 12:15 – 4:15 p.m.
3rd Shift = 4 – 7:30 p.m.

June, July, August
1st Shift = 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
2nd Shift = 12:30 – 4:45 p.m.
3rd Shift = 4:30 – 8:30 pm.

Executive Assistant

Requisition Number:
1123
Overview:
Provide confidential, executive-level administrative support to the Chief Development Officer and the Chief Scientist and Negaunee Vice President of Science. Serve as integral member of administrative team supporting senior management. Be an exceptional ambassador representing the Garden and its Chief Development Officer, and Chief Scientist and Negaunee Vice President of Science to internal and external stakeholders. Passionate about the Garden’s mission-driven organization that is dedicated to cultivating the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.

Farm Production Crew Leader (A-C), Chicago, IL

Requisition Number:
967
Overview:
Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job-training program. Windy City Harvest is looking for three Farm Production Crew Leaders who are prepared for hard work and self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor. Experience working with adults returning to or entering the workforce is necessary. The ideal candidate for these positions is well versed in leading others and enforcing workplace standards. This is a seasonal full-time position anticipated to start March 2022 and end November 12, 2022, working Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crew Leaders will work on multiple Windy City Harvest sites with farm coordinators to train Corps participants in workplace skills related to local food systems. The Crew Leader also assists with job development classes on Fridays.

Field Technician - Bureau of Land Management (Boise, ID; Battle Mountain or Ely, NV)

Requisition Number:
1078
Overview:
These two Field Technician roles are contract-funded positions for five months, each working on a Seeds of Success (SOS) collection crew in one of three areas managed by BLM Field Offices: - Owhyee Field Office in Marsing, Idaho; Boise District Office in Boise, Idaho - Field Office in Battle Mountain or Ely, Nevada. Due to the remoteness of these areas, short-term rental housing is usually difficult to secure in some of the towns listed above. The team is therefore encouraged to find and share housing in larger towns and cities such as Boise, Idaho, and its suburbs; and Battle Mountain or Ely, Nevada, and its suburbs. Living out of personal vehicles is not encouraged due to safety concerns. As BLM office space will not be provided, the crews will each be provided a Verizon MiFi hotspot, laptop, and tablet (w/ cellular) for conducting scouting research, participating in calls, writing reports, and using/updating the Great Basin Ecoregional Reporting Tool through ArcGIS Online Field Maps and Survey123, as well as updating data on Google Drive spreadsheets. Due to the remoteness and large size of the area each crew is responsible for, frequent camping will be required to make the best use of travel time. Storage units will be rented to provide space for processing seeds, temporarily storing seeds, and staging equipment. The crew will also be provided a 4x4 work truck. Each Field Technician will be responsible for assisting in planning scouting and collecting trips, and conducting large native seed collections as part of the SOS program. This team will likely spend 90 percent of their time in the field. The start date of these positions is May 16, 2022, with a term of 22 weeks, and an end date of October 14, 2022.

Field Technician - Bureau of Land Management (Ridgecrest, CA)

Requisition Number:
1077
Overview:
This Field Technician role is a contract-funded position for approximately six months, working on a Seeds of Success (SOS) native seed collection crew in the Mojave Desert, based in Ridgecrest, California, and working within the Ridgecrest, Barstow, and Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Offices. Due to the large size of area the crew is responsible for, some camping will be required to make the best use of travel time. The team is provided office space at the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, which will include a computer workstation with internet access, and some limited space for processing seeds, temporarily storing seeds, and staging equipment. The crew is also be provided a 4x4 work truck.

The Field Technician will report to the Lead Botanist, who will be planning field work and leading the crew. They will assist in planning scouting and collecting trips, and conducting large native seed collections as part of the SOS program. This team will likely spend 90 percent of their time in the field. The anticipated start date of the position is March 2022 with an anticipated end date of September 30, 2022.

Field Technician - Bureau of Land Management (Susanville, CA)

Requisition Number:
1079
Overview:
This Field Technician role is a contract-funded position for five months, working on a Seeds of Success (SOS) collection crew in the areas managed by the BLM Eagle Lake and Applegate Field Offices. The crew will be based out of Susanville, California. As BLM office space will not be provided, the crew will be provided a Verizon MiFi hotspot, laptop, and tablet (with cellular) for conducting scouting research, participating in calls, writing reports, and using/updating the Great Basin Ecoregional Reporting Tool through ArcGIS Online Field Maps and Survey123, as well as updating data on Google Drive spreadsheets. Due to the remoteness and large size of the area the crew is responsible for, frequent camping will be required to make the best use of travel time. However, living out of personal vehicles is not encouraged due to safety concerns. A storage unit will be rented to provide space for processing seeds, temporarily storing seeds, and staging equipment. The crew will also be provided a 4x4 work truck. The Field Technician will be responsible for assisting in planning scouting and collecting trips, and conducting large native seed collections as part of the SOS program. This team will likely spend 90 percent of their time in the field. The start date of this position is June 6, 2022, with a term of 21 weeks, and an end date of October 28, 2022.

Groundskeeper (A-J)

Requisition Number:
989
Overview:
The groundskeeper, seasonal, 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 requested. Work and area assignments may change during the season as needed by the Garden. We have nine seasonal full-time, benefit-eligible positions anticipated to work for nine months and one seasonal full-time position anticipated to work for three months. A typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grower, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1086
Overview:
Windy City Harvest is committed to a continuum of job training. We value an innovative, entrepreneurial, and practical approach to sustainable agriculture and education. We hold high shared standards for all staff and participants to foster personal and professional growth. This is a hands-on farming position, providing farm production to all Windy City Harvest farm sites and providing guidance to program participants about agriculture. This is a 36-week, seasonal, full-time position scheduled 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Harvest Corps Coordinator, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1057
Overview:
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated Harvest Corps Coordinator to our work with our transitional jobs and workforce development program. The Harvest Corps Coordinator will be part of a collaborative team environment working closely with all members of our Windy City Harvest program and operations team. The Windy City Harvest Corps program employs 30 to 40 justice-involved individuals and veterans per year in closely mentored, full-time, paid transitional jobs. Our goal is to supports our graduates in finding full-time, long-term employment.

The coordinator will assist with program evaluation and data collection, developing
individual employment plans, career assessment and planning, and making evidence-based recommendations
for program activities. They will also support in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding Harvest Corps
participants.

The coordinator will lead job development classes and support participants in developing employability and transferrable skills (i.e., attendance, communication, teamwork, and work place safety). They will also support participants with Individual Employment Plan goals and connect our work at Windy City Harvest to their future employment goals.
This position is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in social justice, civic service, nonprofit sector and management, or workforce education and development. The ideal candidate for this position has experience working with individuals involved in the justice system and is motivated to find creative ways to empower Harvest Corps member to find meaningful and worthy employment.

Horticulturist, the Greenhouses

Requisition Number:
1117
Overview:
Provide an attractive area consisting of the Greenhouses for the education and enjoyment of visitors. Work with horticulture staff and staff in other departments to plan for, install, and maintain indoor changing exhibits such as the Orchid Show. The workweek will include one weekend day and occasional holidays. This is a year-round full-time position with a schedule of 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Instructor, Children's Education

Requisition Number:
1124
Overview:
The resource instructor for children's education will facilitate a range of free, hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families in the Nature Play Garden. Weekend hours required. This is a resource position anticipated to start June 18, 2022, and last for three months, working about 15 hours per week.

Intern - Orchid

Requisition Number:
1129
Overview:
This seasonal position will assist with all aspects of the care, maintenance, and management of the Garden’s orchid collection. The intern will work under the direction of the orchid grower, curator, and other collections department staff. The intern will work in a variety of settings including indoor greenhouses, outdoor gardens, micropropagation laboratory, and an office setting. This 10-week position will start the week of 6/12/2022.

Lead Botanist - Bureau of Land Management (Boise, ID; Battle Mountain or Ely, NV)

Requisition Number:
1080
Overview:
These two Lead Botanist roles are contract-funded positions for five months, each leading a Seeds of Success (SOS) collection crew in one of three areas managed by BLM Field Offices: - Owhyee Field Office in Marsing, Idaho; Boise District Office in Boise, Idaho - District Office in Battle Mountain or Ely, Nevada. Due to the remoteness of these areas, short-term rental housing is usually difficult to secure in some of the towns listed above. The team is therefore encouraged to find and share housing in larger towns and cities such as Bend, Oregon; Boise, Idaho, and its suburbs; and Battle Mountain or Ely, Nevada, and its suburbs. Living out of personal vehicles is not encouraged due to safety concerns. As BLM office space will not be provided, the Lead Botanist will be provided a Verizon MiFi hotspot, laptop, and tablet (w/ cellular) for conducting scouting research, participating in calls, writing reports, and using/updating the Great Basin Ecoregional Reporting Tool through ArcGIS Online Field Maps and Survey123, as well as updating data on Google Drive spreadsheets. Due to the remoteness and large size of the area each crew is responsible for, frequent camping will be required to make the best use of travel time. Storage units will be rented to provide space for processing seeds, temporarily storing seeds, and staging equipment. The crew will also be provided a 4x4 work truck. Each Lead Botanist will be responsible for supervising one Field Technician, coordinating with BLM and Chicago Botanic Garden staff, planning scouting and collecting trips, and conducting large native seed collections as part of the SOS program. This team will likely spend 90 percent of their time in the field. These roles will provide daily team leadership and oversight. The Lead Botanists will ensure quality control for all collections (correct species identification, proper phenology assessments and seed collecting techniques, documentation and processing, including data entry and depositing herbarium specimens in designated local and national institutions). The start date of these positions is May 16, 2022, with a term of 22 weeks, and an end date of October 14, 2022.

Manager, Corporate Relations

Requisition Number:
1114
Overview:
Assist in building long-term, multifaceted, collaborative partnerships in the corporate community that lead to success in raising operating funds for the Chicago Botanic Garden. During this time of transition back to in-person office settings, remote work opportunities are being offered for two days of the regular work week for this position.

Mechanic

Requisition Number:
920
Overview:
The person in this position is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Garden vehicles, equipment, and various tools. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal Web and Mobile Applications Developer

Requisition Number:
1125
Overview:
The person in this position works primarily with the science department, developing and maintaining multiple web applications and mobile app products. The main technologies used are Laravel, Vue.js, React Native, and Drupal. These products are used by staff, community scientists, volunteers, students, and interns. The person in this position analyzes, designs, programs, compiles, debugs, supports, and modifies software, enhancements, add-ons, and integrations for new and existing products. Design and implement technical solutions ensuring that business needs and requirements are met. Provide estimation for assigned tasks. Provide technical leadership and training to the web applications developer but is also a hands-on coder. Work with outsourced development teams on complex apps. The person in this position also works with Learning and Engagement on Budburst applications and provides strategic guidance to other departments on database, web applications, and mobile applications issues.

Produce Delivery Driver, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
987
Overview:
Windy City Harvest is looking for a dependable and efficient delivery driver. The driver will be responsible for transporting produce, plants, people, and operational materials as needed. They will mostly be responsible for safely transporting produce for Windy City Harvest farm sites and small farm incubator farmers. Our delivery driver will support with program-wide delivery logistics, including our retail space, VeggieRx and farm stands. Support will entail examining cases and grading produce for quality control, following proper food safety procedures, and ensuring all paperwork is complete and accurately filled out prior to loading. The driver will pick up and deliver produce while practicing food-safety measures and adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. We expect our driver to be flexible and assist with operational production tasks as needed. This is a seasonal position, anticipated to start in March 2022, for 36 weeks, scheduled to work Tuesday , Wednesday, and Saturday.

Research Assistant

Requisition Number:
966
Overview:
The Plant Science and Conservation department is seeking a part-time research assistant to collaborate on an urban ecology research project. This research project is a partnership between the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Nature Conservancy that seeks to identify ecological and social factors driving biodiversity patterns and participation in community science programs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. This project leverages community science observations from the platforms Budburst and iNaturalist to map the distribution and diversity of different taxonomic groups throughout the city. The overarching goals of this project are to (1) advance our understanding of factors driving biodiversity patterns in Chicago to help focus greening and restoration effort where they can best support conservation and environmental justice initiatives, and (2) understand factors driving participation in community science programs to focus outreach efforts and expand participation among underrepresented groups. This is a resource position working approximately 15 hours a week as needed. During this time of transition back to in-person office settings, remote work opportunities are being offered for this position.

Research Assistant - Lawn Alternatives

Requisition Number:
1094
Overview:
The Plant Science and Conservation department is seeking two seasonal, part-time, research assistants to collaborate on a research project studying lawn alternative plantings. This project is a partnership between the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Chicago Park District. The main objectives of the study are to study the potential for lawn alternatives to support diverse plants and pollinators, store carbon, and absorb stormwater; and to determine how to successfully establish lawn alternative plantings. Experimental field sites are currently installed at two Chicago Park District sites: Marquette Park and Marian R. Byrnes Park. This year (spring/summer 2022), a new experimental site will be established at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and additional plots will be added to the existing field site at Marquette Park to begin testing establishment methods.

Research Scientist, Ecology

Requisition Number:
1128
Overview:
To carry out research related to the New Roots for Restoration project, mentor interns and students in community and restoration ecology, and assist with ecological synthesis projects. This is a year-round full-time salaried position anticipated to start July 2022.

Science First Instructor (A-B)

Requisition Number:
1061
Overview:
To deliver a hands-on, free summer science program for Chicago Public Schools students in grades 7 to 10. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to co-deliver an informal science curriculum with emphasis on outdoor field investigations, group research projects, and environmental justice. The instructor should be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours/week from June 27 to August 12, 2022.

Security Officer - Full-time

Requisition Number:
1088
Overview:
A Security Officer at the Chicago Botanic Garden serves the visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property, personnel, and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is accomplished through a combination of driving patrols, foot patrols, emergency response, standing guard duty, observation, reporting, and working closely with local law enforcement and emergency response personnel. This is a seven-month, seasonal, full-time position, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Seasonal employee benefits:
• Seasonal Visitor Experience hourly wage = $17
• Generous Life Time subsidy – Special $140 subsidy plus $100 Life Time Bucks (credit for Wellness & Spa)
• Garden membership and access to other cultural institutions
• Flexible hours and ability to switch shifts with co-worker

Security Officer - Part-time (A-D)

Requisition Number:
1084
Overview:
A Security Officer at the Chicago Botanic Garden serves the visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property, personnel, and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is accomplished through a combination of driving patrols, foot patrols, emergency response, standing guard duty, observation, reporting, and working closely with local law enforcement and emergency response personnel. This is a seven-month, seasonal, part-time position working weekends, approximately 16 hours per week , from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Seasonal employee benefits:
• Seasonal Visitor Experience hourly wage = $17
• Generous Life Time subsidy – Special $140 subsidy plus $100 Life Time Bucks (credit for Wellness & Spa)
• Garden membership and access to other cultural institutions
• Flexible hours and ability to switch shifts with co-worker

Senior Accountant

Requisition Number:
1116
Overview:
The Senior Accountant, grant accounting is responsible for all aspects of the financial management, and supports all strategic and programmatic matters as they relate to accounting, fiscal/grant compliance and budget management, and financial analysis for the variety of federal/ local and private grants. During this time of transition back to in-person office settings, remote work opportunities are being offered for two days of the regular work week for this position.

Senior Manager, Workforce Development, WCH (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1110
Overview:
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest is looking for a senior manager of workforce development to lead our transitional jobs and workforce development programs. The workforce development manager will be part of the Windy City Harvest team. They will work closely with all members of our urban agriculture programs and operations team.

The workforce development manager employs 30 to 50 justice-involved individuals and veterans per year in closely mentored, full-time, paid transitional jobs. Our goal is to support our graduates in finding full-time, long-term employment. This job training program is based on the Department of Family and Support Services Community Development Block Grant Transitional Jobs Program. The workforce development manager will build relationships with employers and recruitment partners.

Windy City Harvest Corps training is on the farm training for 13 weeks, Monday through Friday, full time. Monday through Thursday are in the field and Fridays are focused on environmental literacy and job search activities.

The workforce development manager will assist with program evaluation and data collection, developing individual employment plans, career assessment and planning, and making evidence-based recommendations for all Windy City Harvest program activities. They will lead the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of all Windy City Harvest Corps staff and participants.

The workforce development manager will lead job development classes and support participants in developing employability and transferrable skills (i.e. attendance, communication, teamwork, and workplace safety). They will also support participants with Individual Employment Plan goals and connect our work at Windy City Harvest to their future employment goals.

The ideal candidate for this position has experience working with individuals involved in the justice system and is motivated to find creative ways to empower Windy City Harvest Corps members to find meaningful and worthy employment.

Shoreline Maintenance (A-B)

Requisition Number:
1111
Overview:
Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres of lakes. Over the past 20 years more than ½-million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 5 miles of our lakeshore. These shoreline plantings (representing 240 native plant taxa) have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat. The season is anticipated to start in May 2022 and end in August or September 2022, with work scheduled Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Soil Ecology Research Assistant

Requisition Number:
1076
Overview:
• The Research Assistant will help to implement an NSF-funded research project investigating the potential of perennial ecologically intensive agriculture in landscape restoration.
• The Research Assistant will primarily be responsible for maintaining field experimental plots, soil and plant sampling, and assisting with laboratory analyses of soil and plant samples.
• The Research Assistant will also support field studies of native prairie plants in the same NSF-funded research project.

Tram Tour Guide - Seasonal Full-time & Seasonal Part-time

Requisition Number:
1085
Overview:
As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission, the ideal applicant has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional communications and customer relations skills. The Tram Tour Guide narrates a scripted tour for adults and children while driving a 76-passenger open-air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. In the visitor assistant role, this staff member also supports Garden events and exhibitions through a welcoming greeting, ticket sales, and line management. Creating a positive and memorable experience for Garden visitors is a priority.

This seasonal position requires an average of three days per week, including one weekend day and some holidays/evenings. Hours scheduled may differ throughout the year.
Seasonal employee benefits:
• Seasonal Visitor Experience hourly wage = $17
• Generous Life Time subsidy – Special $140 subsidy plus $100 Life Time Bucks (credit for Wellness & Spa)
• Garden membership and access to other cultural institutions
• Flexible hours and ability to switch shifts with co-worker

Veteran Intern

Requisition Number:
1067
Overview:
Work under supervision while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce. The internship is anticipated to start May 23, 2022, and last for 12 weeks, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visitor Experience Associate - Seasonal Full-time

Requisition Number:
1071
Overview:
Support all aspects of visitors' on-site purchases related to admission, memberships, membership upgrades, tickets for visitor events and programs, and registration for classes in the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Interact with visitors using exceptional customer service standards and address their needs promptly. Develop a proficiency in Garden information and literature and resources available. Proactively and professionally answer questions and provide directions concerning classes, exhibitions, shows, and gardens. Enhance the visitor experience by providing exceptional customer service. This is a seasonal, full-time position anticipated to begin in March 2022 and continue through December 2022 with flexibility in exact start and end dates.
Seasonal employee benefits:
• Seasonal Visitor Experience hourly wage = $17
• Generous Life Time subsidy – Special $140 subsidy plus $100 Life Time Bucks (credit for Wellness & Spa)
• Garden membership and access to other cultural institutions
• Flexible hours and ability to switch shifts with co-worker

Visitor Experience Associate - Seasonal Part-time

Requisition Number:
1072
Overview:
Support all aspects of visitors' on-site purchases related to admission, memberships, membership upgrades, tickets for visitor events and programs, and registration for classes in the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Interact with visitors using exceptional customer service standards and address their needs promptly. Develop a proficiency in Garden information and literature and available resources. Proactively and professionally answer questions and provide directions concerning classes, exhibitions, shows, and gardens. Enhance the visitor Experience by providing exceptional customer service. This is a seasonal, part-time position anticipated to begin in March 2022 and continue through December 2022 with flexible start and end dates.

Seasonal employee benefits:
• Seasonal Visitor Experience hourly wage = $17
• Generous Life Time subsidy – Special $140 subsidy plus $100 Life Time Bucks (credit for Wellness & Spa)
• Garden membership and access to other cultural institutions
• Flexible hours and ability to switch shifts with co-worker

Visitor Support Associate - Gatehouse - Seasonal Full-time & Seasonal Part-time

Requisition Number:
1118
Overview:
A Visitor Support Associate is the first person to greet people as they enter the Garden through the Gatehouse. In addition to welcoming staff, visitors and other personnel to the Garden, the Visitor Support Associate will also accurately record attendance figures, perform cash-handling functions, and direct people to the correct locations. We have four seasonal positions available as follows:
Seasonal Part-time:
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Seasonal Full-time:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday & Sunday

Youth Farm Coordinator, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1103
Overview:
For almost 20 years, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a vital youth development program for high school students in and around the City of Chicago. Youth Farm exposes youth to various issues around local food systems and nurtures leadership and community engagement through paid employment on an urban farm. The Program Coordinator plays a pivotal role in ensuring these general goals are met. This includes working as part of the larger Windy City Harvest team to ensure the program is of the highest quality and reflects the vision of the program through individual and community empowerment.
We are looking for 2 Coordinators - The ideal candidate for this position has deep connections to the communities we work in, experience leading youth and/or nature-based programming and enjoy work outdoors as part of a collaborative urban agriculture team.
This position includes occasional weekend and evening work.

Youth Farm Interns, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number:
1087
Overview:
Work with Chicago’s most innovative, sustainable urban agriculture training program, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm. The Youth Farm interns will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside high school students to produce sustainably grown food in Waukegan, North Lawndale, and Washington Park. Youth Farm participants learn about principles of sustainable agriculture, teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurship as they cultivate crops and their own career and professional skills. The Chicago Botanic Garden has four positions for three-month internships. Positions are available at the Washington Park Youth Farm, North Lawndale Youth Farm, and Green Youth Farm in Lake County.
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