Employment at the Garden

Camp CBG Instructors

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Requisition Number:
Reports to:
Manager, Camp Programs
Campers, volunteers
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.
Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
•     Prepare syllabi and lesson plans in cooperation with the Manager of Camp Programs
•     Instruct groups of 12 to 20 children. Supervise campers at pick-up and drop-off site
•     Attend pre-camp trainings
•     Request or purchase supplies in accordance with the established procedures.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

•     Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
•     Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
•     Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
•     Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
•     Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
•     Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
•     Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
•     Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
•     Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
•     Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
•     Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
•     Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
•     Is welcoming of new hires.


Our ideal candidate will have the following:
•     Must be available for a minimum of two weeks between June 6 to August 12, and for necessary pre-camp meeting dates
•     Extensive teaching experience required; preference given to those with experience and/or interest in teaching science, environmental/outdoor education, and art with early childhood or middle school experience
•     Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in education or related field required.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*



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Physical Demands:
Must be comfortable working outdoors, standing for long periods of time, and able to lift 25 pounds.
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.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.