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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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Regular

Accounting Specialist
Requisition Number: 509
Overview: Responsible for processing all cash and credit card receipts, reconciles ledger accounts, prepares month and year-end journal entries, and assists with Accounts Payable, payroll, and special projects.
Associate Vice President, Finance
Requisition Number: 540
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden opened in 1972 as a beautiful place to visit. Since then, it has matured into one of the world's great botanic gardens and living museums, known as well for its horticultural displays as for its plant conservation science and education programs. More than one million people a year visit the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385... Read more
Auxiliaries Coordinator
Requisition Number: 515
Overview: To provide support and to serve as an integral member of the Events & Board Operations team, as well as the overall Development department. To serve the operations needs of the Chicago Botanic Garden as specifically related to its Auxiliary Groups—the Board of Directors, Woman's Board, and the Guild. The Auxiliaries Coordinator works closely with the Senior Director, Events & Board... Read more
Chief Engineer
Requisition Number: 542
Overview: Manage and oversee the operations of the train exhibits at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Conservatory Technician
Requisition Number: 543
Overview: Assist with the maintenance of the Greenhouses and interior plant displays. Work with horticulture staff and staff in other departments to install and maintain changing exhibits such as Wonderland Express and the Orchid Show with careful attention to detail. Work with the curator, Bonsai, to water bonsai that are on public display. The work week will include one weekend day and occasional... Read more
Coordinator, Customer Call Center
Requisition Number: 545
Overview: Process phone registrations for classes, events, programs, and memberships. Work interdepartmentally to support registration details with program managers or coordinators. Provide exceptional customer service when answering phone calls directed to the Support Center from the Garden's main phone number and provide information to our varied customer base.
Coordinator, Foundation & Government Relations
Requisition Number: 529
Overview: To coordinate tracking systems for cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition of institutional donors; oversee logistics for donor cultivation activities, such as a donor visits; assist with limited financial reporting; and maintain donor database and files.
Coordinator, Windy City Harvest Youth Farm
Requisition Number: 541
Overview: Since 2003, 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 food systems and leadership through using sustainable growing practices to raise a variety of food crops, selling produce to community residents and other local buyers,... Read more
Customer Call Center Associate
Requisition Number: 532
Overview: 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.
Manager, Interpretive Programs
Requisition Number: 544
Overview: This position oversees and manages a broad range of mission-based interpretive programs and a live butterfly exhibit for the Garden’s visitors. Volunteer management is an essential role of this position.
Operations Assistant
Requisition Number: 530
Overview: Perform all aspects of membership payment processing and data entry for the membership department.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 371
Overview: To serve visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Security Officer, 3rd Shift
Requisition Number: 453
Overview: To serve visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Specialist, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 546
Overview: Maintain quality plant collections in gardens, grounds, and turf through the use of an integrated pest management program including preventive, biological, cultural, and chemical control methods.
Substitute Teacher, Nature Preschool
Requisition Number: 505
Overview: To teach in a high-quality, mission-based early childhood educational program, as needed when staff is not available. To be able to implement developmentally appropriate lessons to children ages 3 to 5 in a nature-based preschool setting.
Windy City Harvest, Kitchen Coordinator
Requisition Number: 520
Overview: As kitchen coordinator, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the shared-use kitchen and equipment to meet City of Chicago Health Codes, while focusing on fostering a welcoming environment for Windy City Harvest participants and incubator farmers. You will assist with educating in kitchen use and cooking skills, produce processing, and value-added product development. The mission of the... Read more
Windy City Harvest, Retail Coordinator
Requisition Number: 521
Overview: As retail coordinator, you will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a year-round farm stand at the Farm on Ogden, as well as three Youth Farm sites and pop-up markets. You will train programming participants in retail and marketing procedures. The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. The retail coordinator must... Read more

Seasonal

Allotment Garden Coordinator
Requisition Number: 506
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated coordinator to oversee and maintain the Legends South, West Haven, and City Gardens allotment gardens. The coordinator will assist residents with maintaining and cultivating the allotment garden spaces and educate the community about growing a variety of seasonal produce, nutritional health, and food security issues. In addition, the coordinator will... Read more
Aquatic Plant Maintenance A-H
Requisition Number: 487
Overview: Over the past 17 years, a half-million native and aquatic shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of the Garden's lakeshore. The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff maintain these new shoreline plantings, including removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Butterflies & Blooms
Requisition Number: 535
Overview: The assistant horticulturist works closely with Interpretive Program staff in the exhibition to maintain the plants and butterflies and to facilitate the visitor experience during public hours. The person in this position also works with Horticulture & Visitor Services.
Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-H
Requisition Number: 516
Overview: The assistant horticulturist seasonals work closely with 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 eight positions who will be working in different areas with responsibilities... Read more
College First Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 537
Overview: To deliver a seven-week summer, hands-on science internship program for students in grades 11 – 12. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to deliver an environmental science curriculum with emphasis on Environmental Justice and STEM, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects. The instructor should be available to work for 37.5 hours/week from June... Read more
Custodian, Seasonal Weekends A-C
Requisition Number: 458
Overview: Clean and perform custodial maintenance for all building facilities and perform specific support duties for other departments.
Ecological Restoration Technician A-B
Requisition Number: 490
Overview: Assist in the management of two of the Garden's natural areas: a 15-acre created prairie (exhibits six different types of prairie communities found in northeastern Illinois) and a mile-long urban river reach with an adjoining 22 acres of developing wetlands, prairie, and savanna. This position involves physically demanding work for extended periods of time. Typical work responsibilities... Read more
English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 481
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... Read more
Farm Production Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 488
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job-training program. Windy City Harvest is looking for a farm production crew leader who is prepared for hard work and is self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor. Experience working with men and women with low levels of work experience is necessary. The crew leader ensures... Read more
Groundskeeper, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 522
Overview: The seasonal groundskeeper performs 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. There may be occasional evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Work and area assignments may change during the season as... Read more
Hub Assistant
Requisition Number: 523
Overview: As hub assistant, you will work as part of the sales team at Farm on Ogden. You will travel across all Windy City Harvest sites and enforce harvest and post-harvest standards when picking up produce and delivering to Farm on Ogden or straight to wholesale customers, ensuring produce is held to high-quality standards. You will assist with several aspects of programming being held at Farm on Ogden... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 478
Overview: Gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending internal and... Read more
Japanese Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 482
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 including Evening Island, Green Roof Gardens, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 484
Overview: Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop skills required to become a future botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and operations,... Read more
Membership Sales & Visitor Experience Associate
Requisition Number: 365
Overview: To support all aspects of Membership Sales & Visitor Experience on-site, including sales of memberships, membership upgrades, donations, visitor event and program tickets, registrations for various School of the Botanic Garden programs, and Garden information.
Midewin Research Assistant for Plants of Concern
Requisition Number: 528
Overview: As part of a cooperative program with Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Plants of Concern is recruiting a seasonal research assistant. This seven-month, 35-hour per week position involves a suite of studies on rare plants at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, including those restricted to the unique dolomite prairie habitat. The Midewin program is part of a broader Plants of Concern (POC... Read more
Plant Evaluation Internship
Requisition Number: 489
Overview: The plant evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe a diversity of plants in full-sun and green roof gardens. Their performance is documented through data collection and digital photography. The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the largest and most diverse plant evaluation programs in the United States.
Plants of Concern, Natural Areas Monitoring Assistant
Requisition Number: 531
Overview: Plants of Concern (POC) is recruiting for a seasonal research assistant to assist in developing and implementing a protocol for rapidly assessing natural areas owned by the Chicago Park District. This 12-week, 35-hour/week position involves collecting data at a wide variety of natural areas owned by the Chicago Park District, including restored and remnant beaches, prairies, woodlands, and... Read more
Research Intern Plants of Concern/Cook County Forest Preserve
Requisition Number: 514
Overview: This 35-week, 35 hour/week position involves monitoring rare plants in the Cook County Forest Preserves through the Plants of Concern (POC) program, a widely recognized citizen science program. The position is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Duties include collecting field monitoring data, helping recruit and train volunteer monitors, entering/analyzing/monitoring data including GIS... Read more
Rose & Heritage Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 483
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 Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern... Read more
Science First Assistant A-B
Requisition Number: 538
Overview: This position assists the manager of secondary education and career programs and the Science First instructors with the Science First program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the instructors to the Science First program with class and field activities, preparing for laboratory and field projects, and working with the Science First students on their daily lessons and... Read more
Science First Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 539
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 outdoor field investigations, group research projects, and environmental justice. The instructor should be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours/week from June 21 to August 10,... Read more
Seasonal Assistant, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 517
Overview: The Plant Health Care seasonal assistant's primary responsibility is to keep the general grounds weed free. This position 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 position also assists the Plant Health Care specialists with other duties such as... Read more
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 486
Overview: Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat.
Staff Engineer A-B
Requisition Number: 533
Overview: Set up, operate, and take down trains for Model Railroad Garden exhibition and Wonderland Express exhibition.
Tour Guide A-D
Requisition Number: 525
Overview: As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission, the ideal applicant has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional communications and customer relations skills. The tour guide narrates a 35-minute scripted tour to adults and children when driving a 76-passenger or 18-passenger open air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. As part of Visitor Services, this... Read more
Veggie Rx Program Assistant
Requisition Number: 524
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a program assistant to oversee our North Lawndale Veggie Rx program. Veggie Rx is a produce subscription program for families receiving SNAP benefits. Windy City Harvest offers two Veggie Rx programs, one in partnership with the Lawndale Christian Health Center and one in partnership with the Partnership for Health Promotion at Loyola’s Maywood Medical Center.... Read more
Visitor Assistant/Cashier A-L
Requisition Number: 526
Overview: As part of Visitor Services, the ideal applicant has exceptional communications and customer relations skills, providing an outstanding first impression while creating a positive and memorable experience for Chicago Botanic Garden visitors. The visitor assistant and cashier provides support for Garden exhibitions and events through a welcoming greeting, timely and accurate ticket sales using... Read more
Volunteer Facilitator, Butterflies & Blooms
Requisition Number: 534
Overview: The person in this position oversees the interpretive programs volunteers in the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition and supports other aspects of the exhibition. This tented summer exhibition is exposed to outdoor conditions, and features a butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live butterflies and moths.

Internship

English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 481
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... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 478
Overview: Gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending internal and... Read more
Japanese Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 482
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 including Evening Island, Green Roof Gardens, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 484
Overview: Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop skills required to become a future botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and operations,... Read more
Rose & Heritage Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 483
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 Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern... Read more