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Aquatic Plant Harvester Operator
Requisition Number: 809
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for a mechanically adept seasonal candidate who has the ability and desire to perform strenuous outdoor work in a variety of inclement weather conditions (e.g. rain, heat, cold) to operate our aquatic plant harvester in summer 2021, and ideally in subsequent years. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres... Read more
Aquatic Plant Maintenance (A-F)
Requisition Number: 810
Overview: Over the past 20 years, one 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,... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist (A-G)
Requisition Number: 807
Overview: The assistant horticulturist seasonals work closely with the 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 out in the gardens and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. There are seven positions that will be working in different areas with... Read more
Field Technician (Susanville, CA)
Requisition Number: 814
Overview: The Technician is a contract-funded position for five months, from approximately June 1 to October 29, stationed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, 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 Program. The Technician position... Read more
Lead Botanist (Susanville, CA)
Requisition Number: 813
Overview: The Lead Botanist is a contract-funded position for five months, from approximately June 1 to October 29, stationed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, California. The person in this 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... Read more
Windy City Harvest Grower (A-C) - Waukegan, IL & Chicago, IL
Requisition Number: 816
Overview: Windy City Harvest is committed to a continuum of job training. We value an innovative, entrepreneurial, and practical approach to sustainable agriculture and education. We hold high shared standards for all staff and participants to foster personal and professional growth. This is a hands-on farming position, providing farm production to all Windy City Harvest farm sites and providing guidance... Read more


Chief Development Officer
Requisition Number: 803
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden seeks candidates for the role of Chief Development Officer. This individual leads and guides the development and implementation of the Garden’s comprehensive fundraising efforts (including major donors, corporate and foundation relations, annual fund, membership, and capital and endowment campaigns), assures alliance with mission and strategy, cultivates a culture of... Read more
Director, Interpretation
Requisition Number: 811
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for a creative thinker and exceptional storyteller with demonstrated success in leading multidisciplinary teams and developing compelling narratives for use across multiple channels and contexts. The Interpretation Director is responsible for working collaboratively with communications, public programs, horticulture, and science to establish an institutional... Read more
Rodeo Farm Coordinator, Windy City Harvest - Chicago, IL
Requisition Number: 815
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a coordinator to oversee our Rodeo Farm located at 26th Place and Rockwell in Chicago and assist with AVI Farm production at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. Rodeo is an intensive 1-acre production farm and 1-acre composting operation that also houses a small apiary, 1,200-square-foot hoophouse, milkweed research project, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County... Read more
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 805
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
Youth Farm Coordinator, Farm on Ogden (A-B)
Requisition Number: 812
Overview: For almost 20 years, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a vital youth-development program for high school students in and around the city of Chicago. This summer employment opportunity exposes youth to various issues around local food systems and nurtures leadership and community engagement through paid employment on an urban farm. The Program Coordinator plays a pivotal role in... Read more

Paid Internship

Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 817
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is currently offering a 38-week Plant Evaluation internship. The intern will work in the Plant Evaluation Program on a variety of projects, including the evaluation of herbaceous and woody plants, the photographic documentation of evaluation plants, and managing social media for the evaluation trials. The Plant Evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe a... Read more
Veteran Interns (Veteran Internship Program)
Requisition Number: 808
Overview: Work under supervision in Garden Department while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce. This is a seasonal Veteran Internship with an anticipated dates of May to August 2021, working approximately 30 hours a week.