Employment

Applications are accepted online only via employment@chicagobotanic.org. We are unable to accept any in-person or phone calls related to updates on application status or timelines. Anticipated dates to fill positions are to be determined. We thank you for your patience.

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

Aquatic Plant Harvester Operator
Requisition Number: 809
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for a mechanically adept seasonal candidate who has the ability and desire to perform strenuous outdoor work in a variety of inclement weather conditions (e.g. rain, heat, cold) to operate our aquatic plant harvester in summer 2021, and ideally in subsequent years. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres... Read more
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition Facilitator
Requisition Number: 843
Overview: Facilitates the interpretation of the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. The exhibition facilitator ensures exceptional visitor experiences by organizing the volunteers and supporting positive visitor interaction. This is a seasonal, full-time position anticipated to start mid-May 2021 and anticipated to end mid-September 2021, working five days a week, with the possibility of covering a... Read more
Camp Counselor A-C
Requisition Number: 835
Overview: Assist with daily camper drop-off and pick up, serve as instructional aide, and help with lunch supervision. Camp CBG is a specialized program of the Education Department that focuses on the development, delivery, and evaluation of outdoor science-, nature-, and art-based educational programs children ages 4 – 12. This is a 6.5 hours per day, seasonal position (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to... Read more
Camp Operations Assistant
Requisition Number: 834
Overview: Assist in all aspects of management of Camp CBG, with a focus on day-to-day logistics. Camp CBG is a specialized program of the Education Department that focuses on the development, delivery, and evaluation of outdoor science-, nature-, and art-based educational programs children ages 4 – 12. This is a seasonal, full-time position from June 7 through August 20, 2021. Schedule is Monday through... Read more
Customer Support Center Associate (A-C)
Requisition Number: 861
Overview: To answer phone calls directed to the Support Center from the Garden's main phone number and provide information to our varied customer base. Process registrations and memberships, and provide public information for Chicago Botanic Garden programs that require registration. This is a seasonal, part-time position working up to 28 hour a week for 32 weeks. Days of week and hours are varied—... Read more
Ecological Restoration Technician
Requisition Number: 823
Overview: Assist in the management of two of the Garden’s natural areas: a 15-acre prairie reconstruction (exhibits six different types of prairie communities found in northeastern Illinois) and a mile-long urban river reach with an adjoining 22 acres of developing wetlands, prairie, and savanna. This position involves physically demanding work for extended periods of time. Typical work responsibilities... Read more
Farm Production Crew Leader A-C (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 822
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven, urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job-training program. WCHC is looking for three farm production crew leaders who are self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor and prepared for hard work. Experience working with adults returning to or entering the workforce is necessary. The ideal candidate for these... Read more
Groundskeeper (A-B)
Requisition Number: 852
Overview: The Groundskeeper seasonal performs general landscaping and grounds maintenance, consisting primarily of manual labor under the direction of full-time horticulture staff; working independently or with a crew. Assist with special projects such as event preparation and support. There may be occasional evening, weekend and holiday hours requested. Work and area assignments may change during the... Read more
Laborer, Construction
Requisition Number: 845
Overview: Work with the various construction trades in the Garden. This is a seasonal full-time position for approximately 28 weeks working Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Membership Sales & Visitor Experience Assistant
Requisition Number: 849
Overview: To support all aspects of Membership Sales & Visitor Experience. This is a seasonal part-time position anticipated to start in May 2021and anticipated to end in four to five months. Summer evening and some weekend day shifts.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Requisition Number: 820
Overview: The postdoctoral researcher hired for this short-term position will contribute to ongoing efforts to reconstruct phylogenies of Onagraceae at multiple taxonomic levels. Data collection has already been completed, and DNA sequence data (target enrichment for over 300 nuclear genes) is available for over 600 taxa. Phylogenomic analyses are underway; the postdoc hired will assist in implementing... Read more
Security Officer (A-F)
Requisition Number: 863
Overview: A Security Officer at the Chicago Botanic Garden serves the visitors, members and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property, personnel and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is accomplished through a combination of driving patrols, foot patrols, emergency response, standing guard duty, observation, reporting, and working closely with local law enforcement and... Read more
Tour Guide (A-E)
Requisition Number: 837
Overview: As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission, the ideal candidate has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional communications and customer-relations skills. Part of Visitor Services, the tour guide narrates a 40-minute scripted tour to adults and children when driving a 76-passenger or 18-passenger open-air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. The... Read more
Visitor Assistant (A-E)
Requisition Number: 836
Overview: As part of Visitor Services, the ideal candidate has exceptional communications and customer-relations skills, providing an outstanding first impression while creating a positive and memorable experience for Chicago Botanic Garden visitors. The visitor assistant and cashier provides support for Garden exhibitions and events through a welcoming greeting, timely and accurate ticket sales using... Read more
Visitor Support Associate (A-B)
Requisition Number: 864
Overview: A Visitor Support Associate is the first person to greet people as they enter the Garden through the Gatehouse. In addition to welcoming staff, visitors and other personnel to the Garden, the Visitor Support Associate will also accurately record attendance figures, perform cash-handling functions, and direct people to the correct locations.

Year-Round

Assistant Horticulturist - Model Railroad Garden, Lagoon Garden and Spider Island
Requisition Number: 858
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the Model Railroad Garden, Lagoon Garden, and Spider Island through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools. Work weekend and holiday duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibits to water plants and perform... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Outdoor Children’s Classroom
Requisition Number: 865
Overview: Provide an attractive area consisting of the Outdoor Children’s Classroom, Butterfly & Blooms Exhibition, and the walk from the Regenstein Learning Center to the Visitor Center for the education and enjoyment of visitors. Work weekend and holiday duty on a rotational basis during the growing season and winter exhibits to water plants and perform general garden maintenance. This is a year-... Read more
Director, EDIA (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility)
Requisition Number: 859
Overview: Drive organizational commitment to build a welcoming and inclusive culture; coordinate equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) efforts across divisions; and ensure alignment with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s mission and vision by developing innovative strategies, building capacity, and implementing change that allows the institution to live out its core values and respond to... Read more
Membership Sales and Visitor Experience Associate — Full time
Requisition Number: 857
Overview: Support all aspects of Membership Sales & Visitor Experience on-site including sales of memberships, membership upgrades, donations, visitor event and program tickets, registrations for various Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden programs, and Garden information. Enhance the member/visitor experience by providing five-star customer service. This is a full-time position... Read more
Operations Assistant – Part-time
Requisition Number: 840
Overview: Perform all aspects of membership payment processing and data entry for the Membership Department. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule during the weekday, working around 25 hours a week.
Operations Associate, Member and Donor
Requisition Number: 847
Overview: To assist with all gift processing, gift reporting, gift fulfillment and related special projects for the Member and Donor Services Department. This is a full-time position scheduled to work Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Plants of Concern Research Assistant - Entry Level
Requisition Number: 846
Overview: This is an entry-level, full-time, Monday to Friday, 40 hour per week position, involves assisting the Plants of Concern program, a widely recognized community science rare plant monitoring program. The office is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Postdoctoral Researcher – Urban Ecology
Requisition Number: 839
Overview: We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher to work at the Chicago Botanic Garden in partnership with the Nature Conservancy to harvest and map open-sourced community science data submitted through Budburst and iNaturalist applications in Cook and Lake Counties (IL), as well as existing collections data from local herbaria and animal collections. This project has two major goals: determining how... Read more
Rodeo Farm Coordinator, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 815
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a coordinator to oversee our Rodeo Farm located at 26th Place and Rockwell in Chicago and assist with AVI Farm production at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. Rodeo is an intensive 1-acre production farm and 1-acre composting operation that also houses a small apiary, 1,200-square-foot hoophouse, milkweed research project, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County... Read more
Sales Coordinator - Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 838
Overview: The Windy City Harvest sales coordinator is responsible for the internal accounting, tracking, depositing and budget tracking of earned revenue (produce sales, workshops, courses, tours, events, contracts) of all Windy City Harvest farm sites, and training program participants and staff in procedures related to sales, food safety compliance, and harvest efficiency. This position is integral to... Read more
Woodland Restoration Technician
Requisition Number: 854
Overview: The woodland restoration technician will work directly with the managing ecologist, Woodlands and other natural areas ecologists, to conduct ecological restoration, management, and related activities in the Garden's woodland habitats, including McDonald Woods, the Barbara Brown Nature Reserve, and Lake Cook Road natural area. The successful candidate will join a team of dedicated ecologists... Read more
Youth Farm Coordinator, Farm on Ogden (A-B)
Requisition Number: 812
Overview: For almost 20 years, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a vital youth-development program for high school students in and around the city of Chicago. This summer employment opportunity exposes youth to various issues around local food systems and nurtures leadership and community engagement through paid employment on an urban farm. The Program Coordinator plays a pivotal role in... Read more

Paid Internship

Veteran Interns (Veteran Internship Program)
Requisition Number: 808
Overview: Work under supervision in Garden Department while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce. This is a seasonal Veteran Internship with an anticipated dates of May to August 2021, working approximately 30 hours a week.
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Intern (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 842
Overview: Work with Chicago’s most innovative sustainable urban agriculture team, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm. The Youth Farm interns will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside high school students to produce sustainably grown food in Waukegan, North Lawndale, and Washington Park. Youth Farm participants learn about... Read more