Kris S. Jarantoski Intern

Requisition Number: 
Horticulture Operations Administration
Job Status: 
Paid Internship
Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations. 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 healthcare, horticulture maintenance and operations, plant collections documentation and mapping, visitor programs and events, administration, fundraising, adult and children’s education, and volunteer services. Attend regular staff meetings, intern field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations. This is a full-time, six-month internship with a flexible start date.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Assist horticulturists and plant health care staff with routine garden maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning, mowing, planting, deadheading, grooming perennials, spraying, mulching, labeling, fertilizing, and removing debris.
  • Assist plant production staff with transplanting, watering, weeding, sowing seeds, taking cuttings, spacing pots, pinching, fertilizing, potting, delivering plants, pruning, and staking.
  • Attend design reviews of display gardens and grounds, and reviews of proposed annual displays when possible.
  • Duties as assigned by other departments.
  • Prepare and present a ten-minute lecture on your internship experience to the horticulture division.




Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Ability to work for six months. Start date is flexible.
  • 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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