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: 886
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 Evening Island garden and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. This is a seasonal, full-time position anticipated to work for 26 weeks. The... Read more
Assistant Instructor, College First Program
Requisition Number: 869
Overview: To support with the delivery of three summer, hands-on science internship program for students in grades 7-12. The assistant instructor will collaborate with the lead College First instructor and program manager to develop and evaluate an environmental science curriculum with emphasis on Sustainability and STEM, for the College First program and oversee logistical operations for the summer. The... Read more
Camp CBG Instructor - Photography
Requisition Number: 881
Overview: To instruct half or full-day camp programs for children ages 2 to 12 on a seasonal, 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, and art-based educational programs for children ages 2 to 15.
Customer Support Center Associate (A-C)
Requisition Number: 861
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 and memberships, and provide public information for Chicago Botanic Garden programs that require registration. This is a seasonal position where you can be part-time working up to 28 hours a week or option to be full-time working... Read more
Farm Production Crew Leader A-C (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 822
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven, urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job-training program. WCHC is looking for three farm production crew leaders who are self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor and prepared for hard work. Experience working with adults returning to or entering the workforce is necessary. The ideal candidate for these... 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
Instructor, Science First Program
Requisition Number: 871
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 ecology and sustainability. The instructor should be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours/week from June 21 to August 6, 2021.
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
Postdoctoral Researcher
Requisition Number: 820
Overview: The postdoctoral researcher hired for this short-term position will contribute to ongoing efforts to reconstruct phylogenies of Onagraceae at multiple taxonomic levels. Data collection has already been completed, and DNA sequence data (target enrichment for over 300 nuclear genes) is available for over 600 taxa. Phylogenomic analyses are underway; the postdoc hired will assist in implementing... Read more
Security Officer (A-F)
Requisition Number: 863
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
Visitor Support Associate (A-B)
Requisition Number: 864
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 - Model Railroad Garden, Lagoon Garden and Spider Island
Requisition Number: 858
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the Model Railroad Garden, Lagoon Garden, and Spider Island through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools. Work weekend and holiday duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibits to water plants and perform... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Outdoor Children’s Classroom
Requisition Number: 865
Overview: Provide an attractive area consisting of the Outdoor Children’s Classroom, Butterfly & Blooms Exhibition, and the walk from the Regenstein Learning Center to the Visitor Center for the education and enjoyment of visitors. Work weekend and holiday duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibits to water plants and perform general garden maintenance. This is a year-... Read more
Custodian - Full-time
Requisition Number: 872
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 (weddings), as well as ensuring the restrooms are cleaned routinely throughout the shift and stocked. This is a year-round, full-time position, working Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Scheduled... Read more
Custodian - Part-time
Requisition Number: 874
Overview: The custodian is responsible for ensuring clean and well-maintained areas within the facilities of the Garden. This employee will assist in setting up and cleaning up from special events and supporting other departments. This is a year-round part-time position, working Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Manager, Science Career Continuum
Requisition Number: 875
Overview: The manager of the Science Career Continuum oversees all aspects of this STEM enrichment program for CPS students in grades 7-12, including setting schedules, recruiting students, hiring instructors, and hosting monthly meetings to keep students engaged during the school year. They arrange guest speakers and college visits for students, assist with fundraising, and participate in national... Read more
Metadata and Technical Services Librarian
Requisition Number: 882
Overview: Professional librarian working in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library digitizing botanical resources, cataloging library materials, and managing technical services operations.
Operations Assistant
Requisition Number: 883
Overview: Perform all aspects of membership payment processing and data entry for the Membership Department. This is a year-round, full-time position working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m to 3 p.m.
Operations Assistant – Part-time
Requisition Number: 840
Overview: Perform all aspects of membership payment processing and data entry for the Membership Department. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule during the weekday, working around 25 hours a week.
Postdoctoral Researcher - Negaunee
Requisition Number: 880
Overview: The Negaunee Institute is searching for a postdoctoral research associate to participate in a project led by Greg Mueller, Chief Scientist & Negaunee Vice President of Science, focused on macrofungal diversity and distribution patterns of southern neotropical montane Quercus forests (Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia). Efforts will include DNA sequencing of specimens from past and ongoing... Read more