Employment at the Garden

Veteran Intern

Job Status:
Paid Internship
Requisition Number:
Horticultural Therapy Services
Reports to:
Manager, Veteran Internship Program
Work under supervision while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce. The internship is anticipated to start May 23, 2022, and last for 12 weeks, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Assist in the day-to-day functions of an assigned Garden department. Garden departments may include:
•    Camp CBG
•    Display Gardens
•    Visitor Services
•    Living Plant Documentation

You will work under supervision and also receive individual and small group assistance to:
•    Create a civilian job market resume and cover letter
•    Develop a professional online presence via LinkedIn
•    Practice interview skills and professionalism
•    Explore career choices and learn how to search for employment

Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following:
•    Assisting and supporting the department in which you are working.
•    Being an enthusiastic and positive contributor to the Veteran Internship Program.
•    Completing the Veteran Internship Program curriculum.

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:
•    Veteran status.
•    Must be able to provide DD Form 214 with application during application process.
•    Ability to provide Veteran I.D.
•    Must be able to work 12 weeks from May 23 through August 12.
•    Good communication and interpersonal skills.
•    High degree of flexibility, responsibility, involvement, responsiveness, and cooperation.
•    Professional appearance and demeanor.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*


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Physical Demands:
Office setting: Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds.
Outside setting: Physical ability and stamina to walk to Garden areas. Periods of walking and standing. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items up to 30 pounds. Most of the work is conducted outside, rain or shine.
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.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

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, or 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.