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English Walled Garden Intern

Requisition Number: 
481
Department: 
Horticulture Operations Administration
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Full-time
Overview: 
Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Circle Garden, Sensory Garden, Waterfall Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden, and the Lakeside Garden. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Assist horticulturists with routine garden maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning, mowing, planting, deadheading, grooming perennials, mulching, labeling, fertilizing, and removing debris. 
  • Prepare and present a five- to ten-minute lecture about your experience to the horticulture division. Lead a garden tour for other horticulture staff. 
Qualifications: 

Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Ability to work three months beginning in May. 
  • Be enrolled in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in garden maintenance. Candidates within a year of their graduation will also be considered. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. 
Physical Demands: 
Some requirements for lifitng, pushing, or pulling items up to 50 pounds. Work outside in all types of weather. Some work on stepladders.
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.