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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

Accounts Payable Specialist
Requisition Number: 442
Overview: The accounts payable (AP) specialist will support the finance department in accounts payable in addition to various general accounting duties and special projects. This position is a temporary assignment and will be needed for 10 – 15 hours a week for an indefinite period of time. Hours are very flexible after the employee is trained.
Aquatic Plant Harvester Operator
Requisition Number: 457
Overview: The Garden's 60 acres of lakes benefit from periodic "mowing" to help keep submerged aquatic vegetation and surface algae mats in check. The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for an energetic, mechanically adept seasonal employee to operate our Aquatic Plant Harvester in summer 2017 -- and ideally in subsequent years as well.
Aquatic Plant Maintenance A-G
Requisition Number: 422
Overview: Over the past 16 years, a half-million native aquatic and 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: 431
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
Associate, Customer Call Center
Requisition Number: 455
Overview: The associate will answer phone calls directed to the support center from the Chicago Botanic Garden's main phone number and provide information to our varied customer base. Process registrations and memberships and provide public information about Garden programs that require registration.
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: 432
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
Family Drop-in Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 456
Overview: To facilitate a range of free, hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families in the Regenstein Learning Campus. Weekly Saturday hours are required. This position begins May 30th through August 26th, Wednesdays through Saturdays.
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: 416
Overview: To gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, English Walled and Model Railroad Gardens and the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending... 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.
Plant Evaluation Internship
Requisition Number: 429
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.
Plants of Concern Natural Areas Monitoring Assistant
Requisition Number: 445
Overview: Plants of Concern (POC) is recruiting for a seasonal monitoring assistant to assist in developing and implementing a protocol for rapidly assessing natural areas owned by the Chicago Park District. This 12-week, 35 hours per week position involves collecting data at a wide variety of natural areas owned by the Chicago Park District, including restored and remnant beaches, prairies, woodlands... Read more
Science First Assistant
Requisition Number: 444
Overview: This position assists the manager of secondary education and career programs 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... Read more
Seasonal Assistant, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 436
Overview: The assistant plant health care seasonal's primary responsibility is to keep the general grounds weed-free. This position will spend most of the 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
Seasonal Security Officer A-G
Requisition Number: 363
Overview: Would you like to walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden? Do you like riding in a golf cart? Do you enjoy helping people? Maybe a seasonal position in the Security Department is right for you. As a security officer, you would have a variety of duties including patrolling, enforcing Garden rules, and assisting visitors. Excellent customer service skills are required.
Seasonal Visitor Support Associate A-B
Requisition Number: 452
Overview: Are you a people person who's good with numbers and shows great attention to detail? Does the idea of getting more than one million visitors a year and helping them to start their visit off right at the most beautiful location in the Chicago area sound like fun to you? You may be the perfect person to work in the gatehouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden as a visitor support associate. The... Read more
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 423
Overview: Strengthen the Chicago Botanic Garden's aquatic plant and urban lake studies program by maintaining aesthetic shoreline conditions and quality lakeshore habitat.
Tour Guide
Requisition Number: 450
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 for adults and children while driving a 76-passenger open-air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. As part of Visitor Operations, this staff... Read more
Tour Guide/Cashier
Requisition Number: 451
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 for adults and children when driving a 76-passenger open-air tram or walking on designated routes throughout the Garden. As part of Visitor Operations, this staff member... Read more
Urban Garden Lab Program Assistant
Requisition Number: 460
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest seeks a program assistant for the After School Matters Urban Garden Lab. This individual will assist with delivery of a summer gardening youth development program at After School Matters' downtown headquarters. The program assistant will help guide youth in their exploration of the environmental and community benefits to rooftop gardening... Read more
Veteran Internship
Requisition Number: 439
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden Veteran Internship Program is a transitional employment program for military service members who have completed their commitment and are ready to reintegrate into civilian life. This is a 14-week, part-time position. Interns will be placed in various departments at the Garden. Duties, physical requirements, and hours of work will depend on intern placement.
Visitor Assistant
Requisition Number: 449
Overview: As part of Visitor Operations, 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 provides support for Garden exhibitions and events through a welcoming greeting and line-management control. The ability to maintain... Read more
Visitor Assistant/Cashier
Requisition Number: 435
Overview: As part of Visitor Operations, the ideal applicant has exceptional communication 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
Youth & Family Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 461
Overview: To facilitate and develop a range of free, hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families at the Garden, primarily children's birthday parties on weekends.

Regular

Building Engineer 1
Requisition Number: 397
Overview: To assist the manager of Construction and Maintenance in performing building and infrastructure system maintenance, repair, and construction.
Curator, SOS National Collection
Requisition Number: 459
Overview: Coordinate and implement seed collection and banking activities nationally for Seeds of Success and provide curation for the National Collection.
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.
Writer, Content Specialist
Requisition Number: 425
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great horticultural display gardens and living museums. In 2016, more than one million people visited the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands. The permanent plant collection contains... Read more

Internship

Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 416
Overview: To gain hands-on experience in museum education programs and volunteer management while assisting with and supporting seasonal programs in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, English Walled and Model Railroad Gardens and the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. Learn operational aspects of a botanic garden/museum setting by working on a variety of projects and attending... Read more