College First is a seven-week high-school internship program at the Chicago Botanic Garden for 20 Chicago Public school students from backgrounds underrepresented in the science field. It is a paid internship that takes place in the summer and includes monthly meetings during the school year. A school bus provides transportation to bring students to the Garden from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are eligible to receive college credit through Wilbur Wright College, one of the city colleges of Chicago.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Work with a co-instructor to develop and teach a curriculum emphasizing environmental justice, environmental science, STEM skills, and scientific research.
- Lead early college-level lectures, labs, youth-development activities, and outdoor field investigations at the Chicago Botanic Garden and off-site.
- Guide student independent research projects and communicate with internship mentors to support integration and oversee progress.
- Assist students in preparing project presentations, which will be presented the last week of the program.
- Conduct weekly field trips to supplement the science curriculum and emphasize careers and college.
- Administer and analyze student pre- and post assessments, integrate digital badging, and participate in program quality assessments.
- Assist with the planning and implementation of a in-situ field research experience out-of-state August 13 – 15.
- Act as a liaison with staff at Wilbur Wright, to submit grades and other paperwork.
- Assist with other program activities as necessary.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
- A minimum of three years combined experience teaching science in either formal and/or informal education settings to high-school-aged students.
- An ability to conduct outdoor field and conservation science.
- Integrating STEM applications is a plus.
- Master’s degree in environmental science, biology, or related field is required.
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.
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, 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.