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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
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
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
McCormick Place Rooftop Farm Coordinator
Requisition Number: 624
Overview: Windy City Harvest is looking for a rooftop farm coordinator to grow vegetables and herb crops, using sustainable management practices, on a 1-acre rooftop space at McCormick Place. The purpose of this farm site is to educate the public about the farm-to-table movement, grow beautiful and delicious food for on-site restaurants, and to provide a training site for Windy City Harvest program... 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 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.
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
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, Nursery
Requisition Number: 627
Overview: Assist nursery and greenhouse staff in day-to-day greenhouse and nursery operations, with a focus on nursery 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: We seek to hire two conservation scientists at the assistant scientist rank in our Plant Biology and Conservation Department (https://www.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... 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 Assistant
Requisition Number: 622
Overview: The planned and major gifts area raises millions of dollars each year for capital projects, endowment, and the operating budget from individual donors. This position is responsible for all aspects of support related to planned and major gifts in a detailed and organized fashion, including database entry, report production, interaction with donors, and event support (over a dozen events per year,... Read more
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.
Education Specialist
Requisition Number: 617
Overview: This position will support the educational initiatives of the Budburst citizen science program. In this position, you will develop curriculum, train teachers, and support school districts, schools, teachers and students as they participate in Budburst and Budburst research projects. You will work with partners in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to implement the program at three nature centers... Read more
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
Grower, Plant Propagation
Requisition Number: 628
Overview: Assist the Plant Propagator in the daily tasks of that division, to include propagation from seed, cutting, division, grafting, budding and other techniques. Assist with other greenhouse and nursery duties as assigned. Help with deliveries to garden areas as needed. Watering will be a focus of the position and a required skill set.
Intern Program Manager
Requisition Number: 583
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden seeks to hire a science intern program manager to oversee our college and post-graduate internship programs, including the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (www.clminternship.org) and the Chicago Botanic Garden's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (www.cbgreu.org). The CLM and REU Programs represent the Garden’s broadest efforts to... Read more
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.
Membership Sales And Visitor Experience Associate
Requisition Number: 610
Overview: The associate will support all aspects of the Membership Sales & Visitor Experience on-site including sales of memberships, membership upgrades, donations, visitor events and program tickets, registrations for various Regenstein School programs, and Garden information. The associate also will enhance the member/visitor experience by providing exceptional customer service.
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
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.
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