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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: 608
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for an energetic, mechanically adept seasonal employee to operate our aquatic plant harvester in summer 2019—and ideally in subsequent years. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres of lakes. Over the past 18 years, a half million native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our... Read more
Aquatic Plant Maintenance A - F
Requisition Number: 602
Overview: Over the last 18 years, 500,000 native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of the Garden’s lakeshore. These shoreline plantings have been effective in stabilizing eroding shoreline soils and enhancing aquatic habitat, and they now serve as a research site for scientific study. Most recently, the award-winning North Lake Shoreline Restoration Project added 120,000 new... Read more
Assistant Grower, Seasonal A-B
Requisition Number: 623
Overview: Assist production staff in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations. Help with plant deliveries to garden areas on a daily basis. 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. One weekend day will be part of the normal work week, and the position will require... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-H
Requisition Number: 611
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. There are eight positions that will be working in different areas with... Read more
Assistant Plant Health Care, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 634
Overview: The seasonal assistant plant health care position will perform manual weed control, spray herbicides, and perform general landscape maintenance. This position also assists the plant health care specialists with other duties such as fertilization, pruning, equipment maintenance, making spray treatments, aerating turf, and other projects. As needed, this position will assist with general landscape... Read more
Camp CBG Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 620
Overview: Instruct half- or full-day camp programs for Camp CBG children ages 2 – 12 on a part-time basis. Programs are hands-on, inquiry-based, outdoor science experiences. Camp CBG is a specialized program of the Education Department that focuses on the development, delivery, and evaluation of outdoor science, nature, art, and foods-based educational programs.
Custodian, Seasonal Weekends A-C
Requisition Number: 458
Overview: Clean and perform custodial maintenance for all building facilities and perform specific support duties for other departments.
Customer Support Center Associate A-D
Requisition Number: 651
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.
Ecological Restoration Technician
Requisition Number: 597
Overview: Assist in the management of two of the Garden’s natural areas: a 15-acre created prairie (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 include... Read more
Family Drop-in Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 645
Overview: To facilitate and develop a range of free, hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families in the Nature Play Garden. Weekend hours required.
Field Technician A-H
Requisition Number: 656
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden seeks to fill eight seasonal (5-month) field technician positions to conduct native seed collections as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) program in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Technicians will support SOS native seed collection operations as part of a three-person collection team. Each team (1 lead, 2 team members) will be based... Read more
Groundskeeper, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 633
Overview: The seasonal groundskeeper 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
Instructor, College First Program A-B
Requisition Number: 641
Overview: To deliver a seven-week summer, hands-on science internship program for students in grades 11-12. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to deliver and evaluate an environmental science curriculum with emphasis on Environmental Justice and STEM, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects. The instructor should be available to work for 37.5 hours/week... Read more
Lead Field Technician A-D
Requisition Number: 657
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden seeks to fill four seasonal (5-month) Team Lead positions to supervise field teams and conduct native seed collections as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) program in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Team Lead position offers the opportunity to work closely with BLM staff, plan and implement a field project, and train and lead a field... Read more
Membership Sales & Visitor Experience Associate
Requisition Number: 365
Overview: To 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 School of the Botanic Garden programs, and Garden information.
Science First Assistant A-B
Requisition Number: 642
Overview: This position assists the Manager of Science Career Continuum and the Science First instructors with the Science First program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the instructors to the Science First program with class and field activities, preparing for laboratory and field projects, and working with the Science First students on their daily lessons and projects. The... Read more
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 649
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
Security Officer A-B
Requisition Number: 648
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
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 601
Overview: Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Garden's 385-acre campus includes 60 acres of lakes. Over the last 18 years, 500,000 native aquatic and shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of our lakeshore. These... Read more
Tram Tour Guide/ Cashier A-P
Requisition Number: 615
Overview: As an ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission, the ideal applicant has a friendly, outgoing demeanor and exceptional communications and customer relations skills. The tour guide narrates a 35-minute scripted tour to adults and children while driving a 76-passenger or 18-passenger open air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. As part of Visitor Services,... Read more
Veteran Internship Program
Requisition Number: 652
Overview: Work under supervision in a Garden department while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Visitor Assistant A-G
Requisition Number: 614
Overview: As part of Visitor Services, the ideal applicant 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 Events and Programs Seasonal
Requisition Number: 636
Overview: To implement and assist with a variety of events and shows within the Visitor Events & Programs department at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Visitor Support Associate
Requisition Number: 646
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 guests to the Garden, the visitor support associate will also accurately record attendance figures, perform cash-handling functions, and direct people to the correct locations.
Windy City Harvest Urban Garden Lab Program Assistant
Requisition Number: 644
Overview: Spend the season working alongside inspiring teenage urban farmers on a rooftop garden above the hustle of downtown Chicago. The Urban Garden Lab assistant will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team to cultivate delicious, sustainably grown vegetables and vibrant young people. Youth participants are high school students who learn about principles of sustainable agriculture, teamwork,... Read more
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 635
Overview: Work with Chicago’s most innovative horticulture training program for teens, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm! The Windy City Harvest Youth Farm interns will work as part of a dedicated, energetic team at one of our sustainable farms, working alongside teenagers to produce vibrant young people and delicious, organically-grown food for undeserved communities. Windy City Harvest Youth Farm... Read more

Regular

Assistant Grower, Greenhouse
Requisition Number: 640
Overview: Assist Plant Production staff in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations, with a focus on greenhouse 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. Assist with the organization and hardening off... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens
Requisition Number: 655
Overview: Make a great first impression on visitors to the Garden by maintaining the first gardens they see upon arrival at the highest level. Maintain an area consisting of the Barbara Carr Administrative Center, path from the Administrative Center to the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden and Entrance Gardens, and the perimeters of parking lots 4 and 5. Work weekend duty on a rotational basis during the... Read more
Customer Call Center Associate
Requisition Number: 562
Overview: 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.
Financial Accountant
Requisition Number: 603
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the world's great botanic gardens and living museums, known for its stunning collection of landscapes and horticultural displays, as well as for its plant conservation science and education programs. Our mission—to cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life—inspires more than one million people a year who visit and tens of thousands more... Read more
Grower, Outdoor Floriculture
Requisition Number: 627
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
Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens
Requisition Number: 624
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the Parking Lots, Link, Visitor’s Center Plaza and bridge through weeding, watering,deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, maintaining and inventorying tools.
Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens
Requisition Number: 643
Overview: Maintain an area consisting of the parking lots, Link, and Visitor’s Center Plaza and bridge through weeding, watering, deadheading, fertilizing, planting, removing debris, pruning, edging, mowing, mulching, winterizing, removing snow, and maintaining and inventorying tools.
Resource Security Officer A-J
Requisition Number: 658
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
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 647
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
Student Field Trip Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 654
Overview: To teach hands-on science field trips for grades preK –12, including delivering inquiry and standards-based programming with an emphasis on plant-based learning, prepping and maintaining program materials, and greeting school groups. Both indoor and outdoor teaching is required. This part-time resource position has varied hours, depending on the time of year.
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Requisition Number: 581
Overview: Welcome, screen, and place applicants in appropriate service, according to the skills of the volunteer and the needs of the Garden. Administer volunteer services Garden-wide and cultivate volunteer support staffing while offering five-star customer service in all interactions.
Windy City Harvest, Kitchen Coordinator
Requisition Number: 520
Overview: As kitchen coordinator, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the shared-use kitchen and equipment to meet City of Chicago Health Codes, while focusing on fostering a welcoming environment for Windy City Harvest participants and incubator farmers. You will assist with educating in kitchen use and cooking skills, produce processing, and value-added product development. The mission of the... Read more

Internship

Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 613
Overview: 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.