Employment at the Garden

College First Assistant

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Manager, Science Career Continuum
Assist with supervising Science First and College First students
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.

Science First is a free summer science program that strives to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of the environment and how scientists study the environment. Students participate in either a three-week or two-week session that take place virtually Monday through Friday. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, including a laptop loan and WIFI hotspot to use for the duration of the summer program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following:
•     Take daily attendance.
•     Monitor the College First students on the bus ride on Tuesday and Thursdays, ensuring they behave appropriately and reporting any issues to the Program Manager.
•     Monitor the Science First students during group and independent learning times, ensuring they are following e-learning guidelines and expectations, reporting any issues to instructors.
•     Organize completed student assignments in Google Classroom and keep track of program calendar.
•     Assist students with their final projects.
•     Help with tech support for students.
•     Engage in hands-on virtual activities with the students, under the direction of the instructors.
•     Assist the program manager and instructors with other activities as needed.

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:
•     High school diploma or GED
•     Demonstrated leadership skills in a minimum of one year's experience in an informal science education program
•     Preference is given to students that have formerly participated in the College First and/or Science First programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden

*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:
Indoor and outdoor classroom setting. Frequent standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 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.