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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Year-Round

Accounts Receivable Specialist
Requisition Number: 917
Overview: Responsible for processing all cash and credit card receipts received at the Garden on a daily basis and recording all receipts to general ledger. Prepare monthly, quarterly and year-end journal entries. Assist with employee expense reporting and other special projects as needed. This is a year-round full-time salaried position working Monday through Friday during the day time.
Building Engineer I
Requisition Number: 921
Overview: To assist the manager of Buildings and Hospitality in managing environmental controls and systems in all of our buildings, as well as performing general building and infrastructure repairs, maintenance, and minor construction, relative to these systems. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Construction Lead
Requisition Number: 922
Overview: The person in this position is responsible for repairs, maintenance, and construction of various built elements and other projects on our grounds and in our buildings. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Custodian
Requisition Number: 903
Overview: The custodian is responsible for ensuring clean and well-maintained areas within the facilities of the Garden. The custodian will assist in setting up and cleaning up from special events and supporting other departments. This is a full-time position, working 40 hours a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 11:30 p.m.
Development Officer
Requisition Number: 918
Overview: Raise general operating, program, and project grants from private foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies through LOIs, proposals, reports, prospecting, tracking, and stewardship actions. This is a front-line fundraising position that involves managing a portfolio of current and prospective institutional funders. This is a year-round, full-time, salaried position working... Read more
Grower, Outdoor Floriculture
Requisition Number: 895
Overview: Assist the floriculturist, outdoor, in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations, with a focus on growing duties. Help with plant deliveries to Garden areas as needed. Position needs to be flexible to work in changing environments and with different divisions within the department. Watering will be a focus of the position and a required skill set. Manage the organization and hardening off... Read more
Manager, Library Public Services
Requisition Number: 909
Overview: Position in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library managing all public-service operations, and providing reference and research service for the Chicago Botanic Garden community of staff, visitors, and members.
Mechanic
Requisition Number: 920
Overview: The person in this position is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Garden vehicles, equipment, and various tools. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Postdoctoral Researcher - Negaunee
Requisition Number: 880
Overview: The Negaunee Institute is searching for a postdoctoral research associate to participate in a project led by Greg Mueller, Chief Scientist & Negaunee Vice President of Science, focused on macrofungal diversity and distribution patterns of southern neotropical montane Quercus forests (Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia). Efforts will include DNA sequencing of specimens from past and ongoing... Read more
Sales & Aggregation Manager, Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)
Requisition Number: 919
Overview: The Windy City Harvest sales manager is responsible for oversight of the internal earned revenue accounting practices of all Windy City Harvest farm sites. This role also is responsible for training and supervising program participants and staff in procedures related to produce sales, seedling sales, harvest, quality control, and food safety. In addition to main duties, the sales manager oversees... Read more

Seasonal

Assistant Horticulturist
Requisition Number: 893
Overview: The assistant horticulturist seasonals work closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in different display gardens with high attention to detail. They will spend most of their time working out in the gardens and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. They will be working in different areas with responsibilities such as using... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist
Requisition Number: 897
Overview: The seasonal assistant horticulturist works closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in display gardens with high attention to detail. They will spend most of their time working in the Malott Japanese garden and assisting with the supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers. This is a seasonal, full-time position anticipated to work for 22 weeks. The... Read more
Custodian (A-B)
Requisition Number: 892
Overview: The custodian is responsible for ensuring clean and well-maintained areas within the facilities of the Garden. The custodian will assist in setting up and cleaning up from special events, especially weddings and supporting other departments. This is a seasonal, full-time position, working 40 hours a week—Monday and Thursday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The season is anticipated to end... 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 position where you can be part-time working up to 28 hours a week or option to be full-time working... Read more
Groundskeeper (A-F)
Requisition Number: 885
Overview: Six seasonal groundskeepers will be hired for 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. This is a seasonal, full-time position working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There may be... Read more
Plant Health Care Assistant
Requisition Number: 884
Overview: The primary responsibility of the seasonal assistant plant health care position is to keep the general grounds free of weeds. This person will spend most of their time working independently out on the general grounds performing manual weed control, spraying herbicides, and performing general landscape maintenance. This person also assists the plant health care specialists with other duties such... Read more
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
Research Assistant, Tissue Culture and Functional Ecology
Requisition Number: 908
Overview: The tissue culture and functional ecology research assistant will work with the research ecologist/micropropagation coordinator in preparing for and implementing an NSF-funded research project, through the New Roots for Restoration Biology Integration Institute, investigating intraspecific functional trait variation in restoration-relevant prairie plant species. The person in this position will... Read more
Security Officer (A-B)
Requisition Number: 911
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
Visitor Support Associate
Requisition Number: 912
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. This is a seasonal part-time position with schedule... Read more