Employment

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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Seasonal

Assistant Horticulturist
Requisition Number: 202 A-H
Overview: The assistant horticulturist, seasonal, works closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in different display gardens, with high attention to detail. The assistant horticulturists 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 that will be working in... Read more
Assistant Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 203
Overview: As an assistant for plant health care, seasonal, you will remove weeds, apply herbicide, operate small equipment, and assist with other activities as the Plant Health Care Department needs.
Exhibition Installer
Requisition Number: 238
Family Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 222
Overview: The family programs instructor will facilitate a range of hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families. This part-time resource position requires weekend hours, and the schedule varies from week to week.
Groundskeeper
Requisition Number: 214 1-43
Overview: The groundskeeper, seasonal, performs general landscaping and grounds maintenance, consisting primarily of manual labor under the direction of the full-time horticulture staff. There may be occasional weekend and holiday hours requested.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 207 A-F
Overview: Do you like to walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden? How about riding in a golf cart? Do you enjoy helping people? Maybe a seasonal position in the Security Department is right for you. As a security officer, you would have a variety of duties including patrolling, enforcing Garden rules, and assisting visitors. Excellent customer service skills are required. A. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:... Read more
Shuttle Van Driver
Requisition Number: 208
Overview: There's nothing like a nice drive through the Chicago Botanic Garden, especially when you're paid to do it. As a seasonal shuttle van driver, you would work every weekend and holiday, driving employees, volunteers, and others from a remote parking area to the heart of the Garden and back. Excellent driving record and customer service skills are required.
Tour Guide/Event & Exhibition Sales
Requisition Number: 244
Overview: Do you enjoy interacting with people and plants? As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the ideal applicant has exceptional communications and customer-relations skills. Tour guides provide 35-minute scripted tours to adults and children while driving an open air tram or walking. As part of Visitor Operations, this staff person supports Garden events and exhibitions through ticket sales... Read more
Visitor Support Associate
Requisition Number: 209 A-C
Overview: Are you a people person? How would you like to personally welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden this year? We need gatehouse cashiers to welcome our visitors and collect parking fees. Various shift hours available. Must be able to work weekends. Cash-handling experience and excellent customer service skills are required. A. Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m... Read more

Regular

Horticultural Specialist
Requisition Number: 241
Overview: The work schedule is 20 hours per week and requires flexibility throughout the year. From April through October, the work schedule includes one weekend day. From November through March, the work schedule is generally on weekdays.
Manager, Certificate Programs
Requisition Number: 245
Resource Writer, Part-Time
Requisition Number: 236
Overview: The resource writer will write reports and proposals as assigned by the director of foundation and government relations. This may include reports and requests for endowment, campaign, and operating support.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 242
Security Operations Specialist
Requisition Number: 240

Internship

Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 201
Overview: Do you have an interest in learning about new garden plants? Would you like to be a part of a program that shares information on how ornamental plants grow with professional horticulturists, landscape designers, educators, researchers, and home gardeners? The Plant Evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe plants in outdoor gardens and document their performance through data... Read more
Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 239
Overview: Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production Department. These divisions include the nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Student Media Relations Intern
Requisition Number: 238
Overview: Seeking senior-level media relations intern to volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden -- the second-most visited botanic garden in the U.S. and the most beautiful place in the Chicago area.