Japanese Garden Intern

Requisition Number: 
Horticulture Operations Administration
Job Status: 
Paid Internship
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 Evening Island, the Green Roof, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations. This is a full-time, 12-week internship starting in May 2020.
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 lead a 15- to 20-minute tour around your assigned garden areas highlighting your experiences throughout the season for other horticulture staff.  

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • 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 graduation will also be considered.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.


Physical Demands: 
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, 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.

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