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Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern

Requisition Number: 
Horticulture Operations Administration
Job Status: 
Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production department. These divisions are the nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during summer to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Work with the nursery supervisor to produce a broad range of plants including trees, shrubs, perennials, native plants and aquatics through potting, transplanting, fertilizing, weeding, spacing pots, setting up irrigation, watering, and pruning. 
  • Work with indoor floriculturist to produce crops for interior displays, education programs, and special events through potting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, grooming, and training. 
  • Work with the outdoor floriculturist to produce crops for spring, summer, and fall annual displays through potting, watering, pinching, fertilizing, and spacing. 
  • Work with the plant propagator to propagate plants through sowing seeds, taking cuttings, making divisions, stratifying and scarifying seeds, grafting, and budding. 
  • Assist with the operation of computerized greenhouse controls. 
  • Assist with delivery of plants. 
  • Prepare and present a five- to ten-minute lecture about your experience to the horticulture division. Lead a tour of production for other horticulture staff. 

Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Able to work 12 months beginning in May. 
  • Be enrolled in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in greenhouse and nursery management. Candidates within a year of their graduation will also be considered. 
  • Able to work in a fast-paced work environment. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Must have or be able to obtain an operator's license for chemical applications. 
Physical Demands: 
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, and pulling items up to 50 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.