Employment

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
Requisition Number: 717
Overview: Over the past 19 years, a half million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 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 award-winning North Lake Shoreline Restoration Project added 120,000... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-I
Requisition Number: 726
Overview: The assistant horticulturist seasonal employees work closely with 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 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
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit Facilitator A-B
Requisition Number: 748
Overview: Facilitates the interpretation of the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. The exhibit facilitator ensures exceptional visitor experiences by organizing the volunteers and supporting positive volunteer interaction. This is a seasonal part-time position starting in May and anticipated to end in September.
Camp Counselor A-B
Requisition Number: 732
Overview: 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 foods-based educational programs for children ages 2 to15. This is a seasonal, full-time position Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to... Read more
Camp Instructor, Part-time A-F
Requisition Number: 733
Overview: To instruct half or full-day camp programs for children ages 2 to 12 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 foods-based educational programs for children ages 2 to15. This is a seasonal, part-... Read more
Camp Operations Assistant
Requisition Number: 734
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 for children ages 2 to15. This is a seasonal, full-time position starting June 8 through August 21.
Ecological Restoration Technician A-B
Requisition Number: 725
Overview: Assist in the management of two of the Garden’s natural areas: a 15-acre prairie reconstruction (that 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... Read more
Engineer - Train Exhibitions A-B
Requisition Number: 727
Overview: Perform daily operations and maintenance duties for the Model Railroad Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is a seasonal, part-time position with an anticipated start date in April through an anticipated end date in October. The shift will be approximately five hours, one day a week.
Groundskeeper, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 749
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... Read more
Plants of Concern Research Assistant - Forest Preserves of Cook County
Requisition Number: 745
Overview: This 35-week, seasonal full-time (35 hr/week) position involves monitoring rare plants in the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) through the Plants of Concern (POC) program, a widely recognized community 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... Read more
Plants of Concern Research Assistant – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Requisition Number: 746
Overview: As part of a cooperative program with Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Plants of Concern is recruiting for a seasonal Research Assistant. This 7-month, 35-hour/week position involves a suite of studies on rare plants at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, including those restricted to the unique dolomite prairie habitat. The Midewin program is part of a broader Plants of Concern regional rare... Read more
Seasonal Assistant, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 759
Overview: The assistant plant health care, seasonal, is charged with the primary responsibility of keeping the general grounds weed free. Most of the time is spent 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
Seeds of Success Lead Botanist (Applegate, CA)
Requisition Number: 701
Overview: The lead botanist is a contract-funded position for five months, stationed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Applegate, California. The position will supervise a field team and plan and conduct native seed collections as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) Program. The lead botanist position offers the opportunity to work closely with BLM staff, plan and implement a... Read more
Seeds of Success Technician (Applegate, CA)
Requisition Number: 702
Overview: The technician is a contract-funded position for five months, stationed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Applegate, California. The position will be part of a team of two (one Lead Botanist and one technician) conducting native seed collections as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) Program. The technician position offers the opportunity to work closely with BLM staff to... Read more
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 718
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 19 years, a half million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our lakeshore... Read more
Tour Guide A-B
Requisition Number: 762
Overview: As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission, the ideal candidate has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional communications and customer relations skills. Part of Visitor Services, the tour guide narrates a 40-minute scripted tour to adults and children when driving a 76-passenger or 18-passenger open air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. The... Read more
Visitor Assistant A-C
Requisition Number: 763
Overview: As part of Visitor Services, the ideal candidate has exceptional communications 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
Youth Farm Grower A-C
Requisition Number: 724
Overview: The youth farm grower is a mentor to the youth farm students, providing learning opportunities about growing food and sustainable agriculture. This is a hands-on position providing support to the team and providing guidance to students about agriculture. The youth farm grower will foster respect for the earth and the food we grow (and eat) with all of our program participants and the communities... Read more

Year-Round

Assistant Grower, Nursery
Requisition Number: 752
Overview: Assist nursery and greenhouse staff in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations, with a focus on nursery duties. Help with plant deliveries to garden areas as needed. Position needs to be flexible to work in changing environments and with different divisions within the department. Watering will be a focus of the position and a required skill set. Assist with the organization and hardening off... Read more
Coordinator, Botanical Outreach & Communication (Boise, ID)
Requisition Number: 754
Overview: To assist with outreach efforts related to Seeds of Success (SOS) and the Plant Conservation and Restoration Program of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), communicating with a wide variety of audiences including federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and elected officials; non-governmental organizations and interest groups; industry; traditional and new media outlets; public land users; and... Read more
Coordinator, Student Field Trips
Requisition Number: 720
Overview: The coordinator of Student Field Trips uses the Chicago Botanic Garden as an educational resource to support standards-based plant and environmental science lessons for visiting school groups on-site as well as the off-site Traveling Plant Science Teacher. Responsibilities include developing programs, training facilitators (resource staff and volunteers), occasionally teaching, and coordinating... Read more
Curator
Requisition Number: 703
Overview: The curator is responsible for the acquisition, development, research, and use of the Garden’s plant collections. The curator provides technical assistance to all horticulture staff, and acts as the subject matter expert for plants throughout all Garden operations.
Curator, Seeds of Success National Collection (Boise, ID)
Requisition Number: 756
Overview: To coordinate and implement seed collection and banking activities nationally for Seeds of Success (SOS) and provide curation for the National Collection, within the Plant Conservation and Restoration Program of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), communicating with a wide variety of audiences including federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and elected officials; nongovernmental... Read more
Customer Call Center Associate
Requisition Number: 739
Overview: To answer phone calls directed to the Support Center from the Garden's main phone number and provide information to our varied customer base. Process registrations, memberships, and provide public information for Chicago Botanic Garden programs that require registration. This is a Part-time position typically working on Monday, Saturday & Sunday.
Farm on Ogden Grower
Requisition Number: 741
Overview: To run all aspects of the Farm on Ogden's aquaponics farm horticulture production, oversee adjacent Youth Farm production, and provide supervisory back up when needed in other areas. The schedule for this position is Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 4p.m.; Friday, 8.am. to 1 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
GIS Analyst (Boise, ID)
Requisition Number: 755
Overview: Coordinate and implement data analysis and mapping for the Seeds of Success (SOS) National Collection and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Plant Conservation and Restoration Program. Position is located at the Boise, Idaho Office of Bureau of Land Management, with an anticipated start date May 2020.
Lead Custodian
Requisition Number: 761
Overview: The lead custodian is responsible for cleaning and performing custodial maintenance for all buildings and outside areas within the employee's area of responsibility, and for taking on the duties of the supervisor when the supervisor is not present. This is a full-time position, typically working Monday through Friday, 3 to 11:30 p.m., with potential overtime hours during the busy season and... Read more
Operations Associate
Requisition Number: 740
Overview: Assist with gift processing, gift reporting, gift fulfillment (specifically Tribute gifts) and related special projects for the Member and Donor Services department.
Postdoctoral Researcher (Negaunee Institute)
Requisition Number: 751
Overview: The Negaunee Institute is searching for a post doc to participate in a project led by Greg Mueller, Ph.D., focused on macrofungal diversity and distribution patterns of southern neotropical montane Quercus forests (Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia). Efforts will include barcoding specimens from past field work, undertaking fieldwork to obtain sporocarps and environmental samples, and working with... Read more
Postdoctoral Researcher (Plants of Concern)
Requisition Number: 758
Overview: We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to lead data-analysis projects using a unique, long-term dataset on rare plant populations to answer timely questions in population ecology and conservation. The dataset is from a community science project called Plants of Concern (POC), a project of the Chicago Botanic Garden. We are seeking a motivated, independent researcher with strong... Read more
Program Director, Windy City Harvest
Requisition Number: 753
Overview: To direct and support programmatic activities within the Windy City Harvest Department

Paid Internship

English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 713
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Circle Garden, Sensory Garden, Waterfall Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden, and the Lakeside Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago... Read more
Japanese Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 714
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include Evening Island, the Green Roof, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations. This is a full... Read more
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 710
Overview: Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations. 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 healthcare, horticulture maintenance and operations, plant... Read more
Production Greenhouse and Nursery Intern (A-B)
Requisition Number: 711
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, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden... Read more
Rose Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 712
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Heritage Garden, Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and... Read more
Veteran Interns (A-H)
Requisition Number: 719
Overview: Participate in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce while working under supervision in a Garden department. Garden departments may include Accounting, Bonsai, Camp CBG, Construction & Maintenance, Display Gardens, Human Resources, Interpretive Gardens, and Living Plant Documentation. You will work under supervision and also receive... Read more