Interpretive Programs Intern

Requisition Number: 
Interpretive Programs
Job Status: 
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, Thomas English Walled Garden, 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. This is a full-time, 22-week internship that will start in May 2020.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Assist in the preparation, setup, 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 Malott Japanese Garden, Thomas English Walled 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.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.




Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Candidate should be available to work early May through August or September. Programs run through mid-October if candidate’s schedule allows continued work. If candidate is available, attendance at earlier (April and May) training/review sessions is encouraged.
  • Available to work Wednesday through Sunday, between 30 and 37.5 hours per week
  • Must be enrolled in a college museum studies program or a related field, such as horticulture or environmental education.
  • Possess an enthusiastic 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 or pushing (up to approximately 20 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.

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