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Science First Assistant A-B

Requisition Number: 
Learning and Engagement
Job Status: 
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 assistant should be available to work from June 17 to August 9, 2019. Science First is a free summer science program that strives to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of the environment and how scientists study the environment. Students participate in a four-week session that takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden Monday through Friday. A school bus provides transportation from designated stops starting as early as 7 a.m. to bring students to the Garden by 9 a.m. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, as well as a free snack and lunch. Students leave the Garden at 3 p.m. each day.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Monitor the Science First/College First students on the bus ride, ensuring they behave appropriately and reporting any issues to the Program Manager.
  • Take attendance daily.
  • Organize and prepare materials for laboratory and field sessions.
  • Assist instructors with supervising students during outdoor activities.
  • Assist students with their research projects.
  • Engage in hands-on activities with the students, under the direction of the instructors.
  • Set up lunches, distribute snacks, and oversee clean-up.
  • Assist with the logistical preparations of weekly field trips.
  • Assist with documenting student work and showcasing student achievements.
  • Willingness to participate in active, hands-on learning.
  • Must be able to show initiative and take charge when needed.
  • Assist the program manager and instructors with other activities as needed

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 have the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and a minimum of one year of experience in an informal science education program
  • Preference is given to students that have formerly participated in the College First and/or Science First programs at Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is a plus
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.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.