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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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Regular

Accounting Specialist
Requisition Number: 509
Overview: Responsible for processing all cash and credit card receipts, reconciles ledger accounts, prepares month and year-end journal entries, and assists with Accounts Payable, payroll, and special projects.
Auxiliaries Coordinator
Requisition Number: 515
Overview: To provide support and to serve as an integral member of the Events & Board Operations team, as well as the overall Development department. To serve the operations needs of the Chicago Botanic Garden as specifically related to its Auxiliary Groups—the Board of Directors, Woman's Board, and the Guild. The Auxiliaries Coordinator works closely with the Senior Director, Events & Board... Read more
Budburst Manager
Requisition Number: 518
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for a creative thinker who is excited about providing opportunities for the public to engage in authentic science research through citizen science. The Budburst Manager will lead this phenology-based citizen science project, working with scientists at the Garden and across the country to develop a portfolio of critical ecological research projects that bring... Read more
Circulation Desk Assistant
Requisition Number: 513
Overview: Work at the Lenhardt Library's circulation desk and provide exceptional customer service to all library users. Hours: Saturdays and weekdays
Development Officer, Foundation & Government Relations
Requisition Number: 477
Overview: To raise program and project grants from foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies, including through proposals, prospecting, and cultivation/stewardship.
Executive Assistant, Garden Operations
Requisition Number: 485
Overview: Provide administrative support to the executive vice president and director of the Garden.
Manager, Plants of Concern & Regional Native Plant Conservation Specialist
Requisition Number: 494
Overview: The manager for Plants of Concern and regional native plant conservation specialist oversees a long-term citizen science rare plant monitoring program and participates in diverse initiatives to advance regional conservation of native plants.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 371
Overview: To serve visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Security Officer, 3rd Shift
Requisition Number: 453
Overview: To serve visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Substitute Teacher, Nature Preschool
Requisition Number: 505
Overview: To teach in a high-quality, mission-based early childhood educational program, as needed when staff is not available. To be able to implement developmentally appropriate lessons to children ages 3 to 5 in a nature-based preschool setting.

Seasonal

Allotment Garden Coordinator
Requisition Number: 506
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated coordinator to oversee and maintain the Legends South, West Haven, and City Gardens allotment gardens. The coordinator will assist residents with maintaining and cultivating the allotment garden spaces and educate the community about growing a variety of seasonal produce, nutritional health, and food security issues. In addition, the coordinator will... Read more
Aquatic Plant Maintenance A-H
Requisition Number: 487
Overview: Over the past 17 years, a half-million native and aquatic shoreline plants have been added along 4.5 miles of the Garden's lakeshore. The Aquatic Plant Maintenance seasonal staff maintain these new shoreline plantings, including removal of weedy/invasive plant and algae species, replanting due to plant mortality or herbivory, and other maintenance activities to support robust plant... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-H
Requisition Number: 516
Overview: The assistant horticulturist seasonals work closely with 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 who will be working in different areas with responsibilities... Read more
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.
Ecological Restoration Technician A-B
Requisition Number: 490
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... Read more
English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 481
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Circle Garden, Sensory Garden, Waterfall Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden, and the Lakeside Garden. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic... Read more
Family Drop-in Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 511
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.
Groundskeeper, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 299
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. Work and area assignments may change during the season as... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 478
Overview: Gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending internal and... Read more
Japanese Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 482
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may including Evening Island, Green Roof Gardens, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 484
Overview: Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop skills required to become a future botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and operations,... 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.
PCC Austin Farm Grower
Requisition Number: 507
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated grower to oversee and maintain the PCC Austin Farm with high production and display garden aesthetics. The grower will assist residents with maintaining and cultivating the allotment garden and educate the community about growing a variety of seasonal produce. The grower should have high energy for and interest in sustainable urban agriculture,... Read more
Plant Evaluation Internship
Requisition Number: 489
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 United States.
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 480
Overview: 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.
Research Intern Plants of Concern/Cook County Forest Preserve
Requisition Number: 514
Overview: This 35-week, 35 hour/week position involves monitoring rare plants in the Cook County Forest Preserves through the Plants of Concern (POC) program, a widely recognized citizen science program. The position is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Duties include collecting field monitoring data, helping recruit and train volunteer monitors, entering/analyzing/monitoring data including GIS... Read more
Rose & Heritage Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 483
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern... Read more
Seasonal Assistant, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 517
Overview: The Plant Health Care seasonal assistant's primary responsibility is to keep the general grounds weed free. This position 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 position also assists the Plant Health Care specialists with other duties such as... Read more
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 486
Overview: Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat.
Veteran Internship Program, Accounting Intern
Requisition Number: 495
Overview: Work under supervision in the accounting department while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Camp CBG Intern
Requisition Number: 496
Overview: Work under supervision in the education department while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Display Gardens Intern
Requisition Number: 497
Overview: Work under supervision in the Display Gardens while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 498
Overview: Work under supervision in Interpretive Programs while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Lenhardt Library Intern
Requisition Number: 499
Overview: Work under supervision in the Lenhardt Library while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Living Plant Documentation Intern
Requisition Number: 500
Overview: Work under supervision in Living Plant Documentation while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Production Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 501
Overview: Work under supervision in the Production Nursery while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Internship Program, Soil Ecology & Restoration Intern
Requisition Number: 502
Overview: Work under supervision in conservation science, soil, and microbiology while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Youth Farm Intern A-D
Requisition Number: 493
Overview: Work with Chicago's most innovative horticulture training program for teens, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm. Windy City Harvest Youth Farm interns 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 underserved communities. Windy City Harvest Youth Farm... Read more

Internship

English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 481
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Circle Garden, Sensory Garden, Waterfall Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden, and the Lakeside Garden. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic... Read more
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 478
Overview: Gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending internal and... Read more
Japanese Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 482
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may including Evening Island, Green Roof Gardens, and the Evaluation Gardens. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 484
Overview: Gain broad-based experience with a focus on horticulture in public garden operations to develop skills required to become a future botanic garden leader. Specific duties will change throughout the internship as the intern rotates through different Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and operations,... Read more
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 480
Overview: 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.
Rose & Heritage Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 483
Overview: Learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Other assigned gardens may include the Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern... Read more