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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 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
Camp CBG Camp Counselor
Requisition Number: 421
Overview: To assist Camp Programs with daily camper drop off/pick up, serve as instructional aides, and lunch supervision. 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 ages 2 to 15.
Display Gardens Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 415
Overview: To learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
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
Food as Medicine Intern
Requisition Number: 437
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for an intern to oversee our developing Veggie RX subscription program and distribution. This intern will be expected to work collaboratively with three partner organization: Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC), Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion (CPHP), and Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest (WCH) program. The goal is to increase fresh... Read more
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
Legends Allotment Coordinator
Requisition Number: 443
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated coordinator to oversee and maintain the Legends South allotment garden with residents of Legends South. The coordinator will assist residents with maintaining and cultivating the allotment garden space and educate the community about growing a variety of seasonal produce, nutritional health, and food-security issues. In addition, the coordinator will... Read more
Market Analysis Summer Intern
Requisition Number: 447
Overview: Working with existing data held by the Chicago Botanic Garden, along with any publicly available demographic and market data, perform an audience analysis for the Garden that provides a 360-degree view of current members, program participants, visitors, and residents in surrounding communities with the end goal of better understanding our participant and member base and of improving targeted... 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 Plants of Concern
Requisition Number: 448
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 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
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 412
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 nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 413
Overview: To learn about and gain experience in propagating plants by assisting with the propagation of annuals, perennials, native plants, tropical plants, and floriculture crops grown in the production greenhouses and nursery. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Research Intern for Plants of Concern/Forest Preserves of Cook County
Requisition Number: 446
Overview: This 36-week, 35-hour/week position involves monitoring rare plants in the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) 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... Read more
Rodeo Farm Coordinator
Requisition Number: 441
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a Coordinator to oversee our Rodeo Farm located at 26th Place & Rockwell. This is an intensive 1-acre production farm & 1-acre composting operation that also houses a small apiary, 1,200-square-foot hoop house, and milkweed research project. The purpose of this farm is to grow the highest quality produce for our wholesale partner (meeting a sales goal)... Read more
Rooftop Coordinator
Requisition Number: 440
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a rooftop farm coordinator to grow vegetables and herb crops, using sustainable management practices, on a 3/4-acre rooftop space at McCormick Place. The purpose of this farm site is to educate the public about farm to table movement, to grow food for on-site restaurants, and to provide a training site for WCH program participants to learn about rooftop and... 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 primary responsibility of the assistant plant health care seasonal 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.
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 communication and customer relations skills. The tour guide narrates a 35-minute scripted tour to 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
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 communication and customer relations skills. The tour guide narrates a 35-minute scripted tour to 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
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 communication and customer relations skills, providing and 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
Windy City Harvest Corps, Construction Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 428
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven, urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job training program. WCH is looking for a Rodeo Farm/Composting Crew Leader who is prepared for hard work and is self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor. Experience working in a job-training setting with men and women with low levels of work experience is a must. The crew... Read more
Windy City Harvest Corps, Farm Operation Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 427
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven, urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job training program. Windy City Harvest is looking for a Farm Operations Crew Leader who is prepared for hard work and is self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor. Experience working in a job-training setting with men and women with low levels of work experience is a must... Read more
Windy City Harvest Corps, Rodeo Farm Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 426
Overview: Join a team of dedicated, mission-driven, urban farmers to oversee a crew in the Windy City Harvest Corps job training program. Windy City Harvest is looking for a Rodeo Farm/composting crew leader who is prepared for hard work and is self-motivated with high energy for day-to-day manual labor. Experience working in a job training setting with men and women with low levels of work experience is a... Read more
Windy City Harvest Youth Farm Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 438
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 underserved communities. Windy City Harvest Youth Farm... Read more

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, Woody Plants
Requisition Number: 398
Overview: Responsible for the acquisition, development, use, research, and interpretation of an internationally renowned collection of woody plants that will establish the standard for excellence.
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.
Supervising Plumber
Requisition Number: 434
Overview: To supervise and perform plumbing in all areas and provide supervisory back-up when needed in other areas.
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

Display Gardens Intern A-C
Requisition Number: 415
Overview: To learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a senior horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
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
Production Greenhouse & Nursery Intern
Requisition Number: 412
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 nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture, and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.
Propagation Intern
Requisition Number: 413
Overview: To learn about and gain experience in propagating plants by assisting with the propagation of annuals, perennials, native plants, tropical plants, and floriculture crops grown in the production greenhouses and nursery. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer to learn about general Chicago Botanic Garden operations.