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Veteran Internship Program, Display Gardens Intern

Requisition Number: 
Horticulture Therapy
Job Status: 
Work under supervision in the Display Gardens while participating in the Veteran Internship Program to create a plan for transitioning to the civilian workforce.

Maintain an attractive area for the education and enjoyment of visitors. You will work under supervision in the Display Gardens and will receive individual and small-group assistance to: 

  • Create a civilian job market resumé and cover letter
  • Develop a professional online presence via LinkedIn
  • Practice interview skills and professionalism
  • Explore career choices
  • Learn how to search for employment
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Assisting horticulturists with routine garden maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning, mowing, planting, deadheading, and grooming perennials, mulching, labeling, fertilizing, and removing debris. 
  • Being an enthusiastic and positive contributor to the Veteran Internship cohort. 
  • Completing the Veteran Internship Program curriculum. 

Pay rate: $15/hour for 30 hours/week for 14 weeks. Additional $50/week travel stipend


Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Veteran status.
  • Must be able to provide DD Form 214 during application process.
  • Ability to provide Veteran I.D. 
  • Must be able to work 14 weeks from May 21 through August 24.
  • Enrollment in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in garden maintenance.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Applications are due March 16, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed after receipt of Employment ApplicationFederal Affirmative Action Questionnaire (voluntary), DD Form 214, and current resumé including your education and work experience with dates. Attach and send your resumé and application materials to Include the job title and requisition number in the subject line of your email.

Physical Demands: 
Physical ability and stamina to walk to Garden areas. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items up to 50 pounds. Work outside in all types of weather. Some work on stepladders.
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.

Who should apply?

Honorably discharged veterans who are seeking interim employment and guidance in creating a plan for transitioning to civilian workforce.