Employment

Applications are accepted online only via employment@chicagobotanic.org. We are unable to accept any in-person or phone calls related to updates on application status or timelines. Anticipated dates to fill positions are to be determined. We thank you for your patience.

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

Assistant Horticulturist
Requisition Number: 893
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. They will be working in different areas with responsibilities such as using... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist
Requisition Number: 897
Overview: The seasonal assistant horticulturist works closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in display gardens with high attention to detail. They will spend most of their time working in the Malott Japanese garden and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. This is a seasonal, full-time position anticipated to work for 22 weeks. The... Read more
Custodian (A-B)
Requisition Number: 892
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, especially weddings and supporting other departments. This is a seasonal, full-time position, working 40 hours a week—Monday and Thursday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The season is anticipated to end... Read more
Field Technician - Bureau of Land Management (St. George, Utah)
Requisition Number: 936
Overview: These field technician roles are contract-funded positions for seven months, working on a Seeds of Success (SOS) collection crew within the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert, including the Mojave Desert ecoregion sections of the following Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field offices: Arizona Strip in Arizona (including BLM portions of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Caliente and... Read more
Groundskeeper (A-F)
Requisition Number: 885
Overview: Six seasonal groundskeepers will be hired for 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. This is a seasonal, full-time position working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There may be... Read more
Lightscape - Security Visitor Support
Requisition Number: 933
Overview: The Lightscape—security, visitor support position will be posted in specific Garden locations to keep our visitors safe along a lighted trail on the main island or assigned to assist in vehicle traffic control. The ideal applicant has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and is flexible to support the team. Training is provided and all shift posts are located outside. This is a seasonal position for the... Read more
Lightscape - Visitor Assistant
Requisition Number: 932
Overview: The visitor assistant (fall/winter events) position is seasonal from now through January 2, 2022, for the Lightscape event. The ideal applicant has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional customer relations skills, is flexible, and is able to work independently, as well as part of a team. All positions are evening shifts, beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m. and lasting six to eight hours,... Read more
Plant Health Care Assistant
Requisition Number: 884
Overview: The primary responsibility of the seasonal assistant plant health care position is to keep the general grounds free of weeds. This person will spend most of their time working independently out on the general grounds performing manual weed control, spraying herbicides, and performing general landscape maintenance. This person also assists the plant health care specialists with other duties such... Read more
Security Officer (A-B)
Requisition Number: 911
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... Read more
Senior Botanist - Bureau of Land Management (St. George, Utah)
Requisition Number: 935
Overview: This senior botanist role is a contract-funded position for seven months, leading a Seeds of Success (SOS) collection crew within the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert, including the Mojave Desert ecoregion sections of the following Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field offices: Arizona Strip in Arizona (including BLM portions of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Caliente, and... Read more
Visitor Support Associate
Requisition Number: 912
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. This is a seasonal part-time position with schedule... Read more

Year-Round

Assistant Horticulturist Bulb Garden, Aquatic Garden, Viburnum Walk
Requisition Number: 927
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the Aquatic Garden, Bulb Garden, and Viburnum Walk through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools. Work weekend duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibitions to water plants and perform general garden... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Lakeside Gardens
Requisition Number: 924
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the Lakeside Gardens through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools. Work weekend duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibitions to water plants and perform general garden maintenance. This is a full-... Read more
Building Engineer I
Requisition Number: 921
Overview: To assist the manager of Buildings and Hospitality in managing environmental controls and systems in all of our buildings, as well as performing general building and infrastructure repairs, maintenance, and minor construction, relative to these systems. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Construction Lead
Requisition Number: 922
Overview: The person in this position is responsible for repairs, maintenance, and construction of various built elements and other projects on our grounds and in our buildings. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Coordinator, Visitor Events & Programs
Requisition Number: 934
Overview: To support planning and implementation of public events that attract current and new audiences to the Garden and enhance the visitor experience while adhering to established Garden standards. This is a year-round, full-time position working Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Custodian
Requisition Number: 903
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.
Development Officer
Requisition Number: 918
Overview: Raise general operating, program, and project grants from private foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies through LOIs, proposals, reports, prospecting, tracking, and stewardship actions. This is a front-line fundraising position that involves managing a portfolio of current and prospective institutional funders. This is a year-round, full-time, salaried position working... Read more
Grant Accounting Manager (A-B)
Requisition Number: 937
Overview: The grant accounting manager 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.
Horticulturist, Exhibits
Requisition Number: 930
Overview: Collaborate with various inter- and cross-departmental Garden teams to develop detailed, creative designs to support and enhance Garden activities, exhibitions, events, and indoor displays. Work along with staff to build and maintain the installations. This is a year-round, full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Horticulturist, Shida Evaluation Garden
Requisition Number: 929
Overview: Maintain permanent and evaluation plants in both landscape and trial settings while providing an attractive area consisting of the Shida Evaluation Garden. This is a year-round, full-time position working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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.
Sales & Aggregation Manager, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 919
Overview: The Windy City Harvest sales manager is responsible for oversight of the internal earned revenue accounting practices of all Windy City Harvest farm sites. This role also is responsible for training and supervising program participants and staff in procedures related to produce sales, seedling sales, harvest, quality control, and food safety. In addition to main duties, the sales manager oversees... Read more