Plant Evaluation Intern

Requisition Number: 
Plant Collections
Job Status: 
Paid Internship
Reports to: 
Manager, Plant Evaluation
The Chicago Botanic Garden is currently offering a 38-week Plant Evaluation internship. The intern will work in the Plant Evaluation Program on a variety of projects, including the evaluation of herbaceous and woody plants, the photographic documentation of evaluation plants, and managing social media for the evaluation trials. The Plant Evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe a diversity of plants in full sun and green roof gardens. Their performance is documented through data collection and digital photography. The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the largest and most diverse Plant Evaluation programs in the U.S. This is a full-time paid internship, anticipated to start March 22, 2021. Schedule will be Monday through Friday. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

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

  • Collecting evaluation data in the trial gardens
  • Photographic documentation of all plants in the evaluation trials
  • Cataloging and managing digital images
  • Assisting with planting new trials
  • Assisting with social media needs
  • Assisting with other evaluation projects as necessary

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 meet the following requirements:

  • Student or graduate of a horticulture or related plant science program
  • Knowledge of herbaceous and woody plants beneficial
  • Digital photography experience essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
Physical Demands: 
Outdoor work includes standing for long periods, walking, and bending in variable weather conditions. Indoor work includes frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding in office setting and outdoors. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds.
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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