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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 Horticulturalist
Requisition Number: 619
Overview: The assistant horticulturist for the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition works closely with Interpretive Programs staff in the exhibition structure to maintain the plants and butterflies and to facilitate the visitor experience during public hours. The assistant horticulturist also works with the Horticulture department and Visitor Services. The assistant horticulturist may also assist with the... 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.
Camp Counselor, Seasonal A-B
Requisition Number: 621
Overview: Assist at Camp CBG with daily camper drop-off and pick up, serve as instructional aide, and supervise lunch. 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 for children ages 2 to 15.
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: 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
Farm Production Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 586
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven, urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps jobs training program. Windy City Harvest Corps is looking for three farm production crew leaders who are prepared for hard work and self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor. Experience working with adults returning to or entering the workforce is necessary. The ideal... Read more
Groundskeeper, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 522
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
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
Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 594
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 Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and the 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
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.
Midewin Research Assistant for POC
Requisition Number: 638
Overview: As part of a cooperative program with Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Plants of Concern is recruiting for a seasonal Research Assistant. This seven-month, 35-hour/week position involves a suite of studies on rare plants at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, including those restricted to the unique dolomite prairie habitat. The Midewin program is part of a broader Plants of Concern (POC)... Read more
Plant Recorder Assistant
Requisition Number: 625
Overview: This grant-funded position assists the Director and Plant Recorder of the Living Plant Documentation department in completing an inventory of the herbaceous perennial plants in the Living Collections.
Plants of Concern Natural Areas Monitoring Assistant
Requisition Number: 637
Overview: Plants of Concern (POC) is recruiting for a seasonal research assistant to assist in developing and implementing a protocol for rapidly assessing natural areas owned by the Chicago Park District. This 12-week, 35-hour/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, and... Read more
POC Research Assistant to the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Requisition Number: 639
Overview: This 35-week, 35 hours/week position involves monitoring rare plants in the Forest Preserves of Cook County 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 to recruit and train volunteer monitors, entering/analyzing monitoring data including GIS... Read more
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
Seasonal Assistant Horticulturalist Butterflies & Blooms
Requisition Number: 616
Overview: The assistant horticulturist works closely with Interpretive Programs staff in the exhibition structure to maintain the plants and butterflies and to facilitate the visitor experience during public hours. The assistant horticulturist also works with the Horticulture department and Visitor Services. The assistant horticulturist may also assist with the installation of plantings in the exhibition... 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
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
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.
Volunteer Facilitator
Requisition Number: 632
Overview: Facilitate the interpretation of the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. The volunteer facilitator ensures exceptional visitor experiences by organizing the volunteers and supporting positive volunteer interaction.
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
Youth Farm Grower A - C
Requisition Number: 587
Overview: Candidates should be interested in the intersection of sustainable agriculture and youth development. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in organic growing techniques; able to work independently and as part of a team; a mentor for youth who can generate excitement around growing food; possess a strong attention to detail, the ability to move with purpose, and the ability to... 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
Conservation Scientist A-B
Requisition Number: 629
Overview: Two conservation scientists will join our Plant Biology and Conservation Department (chicagobotanic.org/research). We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following: landscape ecology, restoration ecology, and ecophysiology, but other conservation disciplines will be considered. Candidates who focus on wetland or aquatic systems, or seed-based questions... Read more
Coordinator, Foundation and Government Relations
Requisition Number: 618
Overview: This position provides an entry point to a career in nonprofit fundraising. Assist Foundation and Government Relations (FGR) team with administrative tasks of grants management; coordinate cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition of institutional donors; oversee logistics for donor cultivation activities, such as donor visits; assist with limited financial reporting; and maintain... 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.
Development Officer
Requisition Number: 596
Overview: To raise program and project grants from foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies, including through proposals, prospecting, and cultivation/stewardship.
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
Foreman, Grounds
Requisition Number: 560
Overview: The grounds foreman performs general landscaping and grounds maintenance, operates landscaping equipment, supervises crews, and provides horticultural support for all garden areas. The person in this position will perform manual labor and lead work crews to maintain the highest level of landscape maintenance. There will be occasional evening, weekend, and holiday hours requested.
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: 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.
Manager, Corporate Relations
Requisition Number: 606
Overview: Assist in building long-term, multifaceted, collaborative partnerships in the corporate community that lead to success in raising operating funds for the Chicago Botanic Garden.
PCC Austin Farm Grower
Requisition Number: 609
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated grower to oversee and maintain the PCC Austin Farm. The farm began with a partnership between PCC Community Wellness Center and the Chicago Botanic Garden-Windy City Harvest. Both organizations share the belief that access to fresh fruits and vegetables can transform individual and community health. The PCC Austin grower will play an integral part in... Read more
Plant Recorder
Requisition Number: 626
Overview: The plant recorder is a critical position in the service-oriented Living Plant Documentation department. This position interfaces with a number of constituents, including staff in horticulture, development, communications, science, education, and senior management. Accuracy and timeliness of data delivery is of paramount importance. Plant identification skills are used frequently in addressing... Read more
Postdoctoral Researcher
Requisition Number: 573
Overview: We are hiring a postdoctoral research associate for three years to lead the bioinformatics and genome sequencing efforts of an NSF-funded, Phylogenetic Systematics grant titled “Unlocking the evolutionary history of Schiedea (carnation family, Caryophyllaceae): rapid radiation of an endemic plant genus in the Hawaiian Islands.” This project integrates fieldwork, genome sequencing, phylogenomics,... Read more
Postdoctoral Researcher: Seed Ecology & Restoration
Requisition Number: 598
Overview: The postdoctoral research associate will work for two years, leading a project on genetic and environmental controls on seed dormancy in native midwestern Viola species, and implications for seed production and restoration use. This project integrates greenhouse and lab work to understand how genotypic variation and phenotypic plasticity drive variation in conditions required to break dormancy in... Read more
Supervising Plumber
Requisition Number: 585
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 Incubator Coordinator
Requisition Number: 600
Overview: The Incubator Coordinator oversees all administrative aspects of Incubator program implementation. In addition to managing the performance of Incubator farm businesses, the Coordinator is responsible for managing community partnerships. The Coordinator oversees allotment programming at three partner sites. The Coordinator oversees a one-quarter-acre demonstration production farm.
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

English Walled Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 591
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 Gardens. 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: 594
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 Garden, Malott Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, and the 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: 592
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 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: 590
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 healthcare, horticulture maintenance and operations,... Read more
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.
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 589
Overview: Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production department. These divisions include the nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings, field trips, and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general botanic garden operations.
Rose Garden Intern
Requisition Number: 593
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 my include the Heritage Garden, Esplanade, Aquatic Garden, Farwell Landscape Garden, Crescent Garden, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Graham Bulb Garden, Model Railroad Garden, and Spider Island. Attend regular staff meetings,... Read more