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Interpretive Programs Intern

Requisition Number: 
Interpretive Programs
Job Status: 
To gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, English Walled and Model Railroad Gardens and the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending internal and external meetings.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist in the preparation, set up, implementation and clean up of weekday and weekend programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, including Discovery Carts, Garden Chef Series, and Plant Giveaway. Prepare and maintain supplies; contact and work with volunteers.
  • Assist with volunteer interpretive programs in the Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition.
  • Gain subject matter competency related to specific Garden areas.
  • Interact with visitors, answer questions, and facilitate programs as assigned.
  • Complete programmatic duties such as data entry, copying, and sign making as needed, using standard office equipment. Keep statistics for reports.
  • Attend required meetings and assist with other programs and projects as needed in Interpretive Programs.
  • The work week is Wednesday through Sunday.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Available to work early May through August or September. Programs run through mid-October, if the candidate's schedule allows continued work. If the candidate is available, attendance at earlier (April and May) training/review sessions is encouraged.
  • He or she must be enrolled in a college museum studies program or a related field, such as horticulture or environmental education, with an interest in working with volunteers.
  • The ideal candidate will be flexible, able to work in a fast-paced environment, and possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.
Physical Demands: 
Position requires periods of walking and standing with light lifting/pushing up to approximately 15 pounds. Most of the work is conducted outside, rain or shine.
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.