Employment

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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Regular

Adult Education Program Assistant
Requisition Number: 193
Overview: The assistant will provide operational support for Adult Education students, staff, and classes.
Horticulturist, Evaluation Gardens and Green Roof
Requisition Number: 233
Overview: Collaborate with Research and Native Habitats staff to maintain an area comprised of the Rainfall Geln, Green Roof, Pullman Plant Evaluation Garden, Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden, Russia Bed, Clematis Trial Area, reasearch areas in nursery and heel-in area, dieback, shrub project on-site and the Children's Outdoor Learning Classroom.
Manager, Construction & Engineering
Requisition Number: 227
Overview: The manager will supervise buildings and infrastructure systems maintenance, as well as garden hardscape repair and construction, to ensure safe, functional, and beautiful conditions for staff and visitors, and to ensure optimal sustainable operations.
Manager, Corporate Relations
Requisition Number: 232
Overview: The manager, corporate relations, will assist in building long-term, multifaceted, collaborative partnerships in the corporate community.
Third Shift Security Officer
Requisition Number: 228
Overview: The third shift security office serves visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden from midnight to 8 a.m.

Seasonal

Aquatic Plant Harvester Operator
Requisition Number: 234
Overview: The Chicago Botanic Garden is looking for an energetic, mechanically adept seasonal employee to operate our aquatic plant harvester. The Garden's 60 acres of lakes benefit from periodic "mowing" to help keep submerged aquatic vegetation and surface algae mats in check.
Assistant Horticulturist
Requisition Number: 202 A-H
Overview: The assistant horticulturist, seasonal, works closely with the horticulturists to maintain a diverse collection of plants in different display gardens, with high attention to detail. The assistant horticulturists 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... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition
Requisition Number: 225
Overview: The assistant horticulturist, seasonal, works closely with the horticulture staff to take care of the plants and butterflies, with close attention to details. The assistant horticulturist also works closely with the interpretive programs and visitor services staff to facilitate the visitor experience during public hours. Occasional weekend and holiday hours will be required.
Assistant Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 203
Overview: As an assistant for plant health care, seasonal, you will remove weeds, apply herbicide, operate small equipment, and assist with other activities as the Plant Health Care Department needs.
Camp CBG Camp Counselor
Requisition Number: 230
Overview: The camp counselor will assist the manager of camp programs with daily camper drop-off and pickup, serve as an instructional aide, and help with 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 for children ages 2 to 15.
Camp Operations Assistant A, Camp CBG
Requisition Number: #188
Overview: Position is full-time, seasonal, May 12 through August 22, 2014.
Camp Operations Assistant B, Camp CBG
Requisition Number: 231
Overview: The camp operations assistant B will assist the manager of camp programs in all aspects of management of Camp CBG, with a focus on day-to-day logisitics. 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.
Collections Specialist
Requisition Number: 221
Overview: The plant collections specialist will assist the Chicago Botanic Garden's curators of herbaceous perennials and woody plants in collecting data on the Garden's plant collections.
College First Instructor
Requisition Number: 213 A-B
Overview: The instructor will deliver an eight-week summer, hands-on science internship program for students in grades 11 to 12. The instructor will design and deliver an environmental science curriculum with an emphasis on outdoor field investigations, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects. The instructor should be available to work 37.5 hours per week from June 24 to... Read more
Family Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 222
Overview: The family programs instructor will facilitate a range of hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families. This part-time resource position requires weekend hours, and the schedule varies from week to week.
Groundskeeper
Requisition Number: 214 1-43
Overview: The groundskeeper, seasonal, performs general landscaping and grounds maintenance, consisting primarily of manual labor under the direction of the full-time horticulture staff. There may be occasional weekend and holiday hours requested.
Lake County Science First Assistant Instructor
Requisition Number: 220
Overview: The assistant instructor will aid in the delivery of a hands-on summer science program for students going into grades 7 through 9, which will take place at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.
Lake County Science First Program Assistant
Requisition Number: 217
Overview: The assistant will provide a fun, hands-on science program for students going into grades 7 through 9.
Membership Sales and Visitor Experience Assistant
Requisition Number: 199 A-C
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 Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Botanic Garden programs, and Garden information.
Prairie River Management Technician
Requisition Number: 192 A-B
Overview: Assist in the management of two of the Garden's natural areas: a 15-acre created prairie (that 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
Science First Instructor
Requisition Number: 212 A-B
Overview: The instructor will deliver a hands-on, free summer science program for Chicago Public Schools students in grades 8 to 10. The instructor will design and deliver an informal science curriculum with an emphasis on outdoor field investigations. The instructor should be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours per week from June 24 to August 15, 2014.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 207 A-F
Overview: Do you like to walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden? How about 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. A. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:... Read more
Shuttle Van Driver
Requisition Number: 208
Overview: There's nothing like a nice drive through the Chicago Botanic Garden, especially when you're paid to do it. As a seasonal shuttle van driver, you would work every weekend and holiday, driving employees, volunteers, and others from a remote parking area to the heart of the Garden and back. Excellent driving record and customer service skills are required.
Urban Garden Lab Instructor
Requisition Number: 210
Overview: The urban garden lab instructor will coordinate and teach a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer and fall enrichment program (15 students, ages 15 to 18) at After School Matters' downtown headquarters.
Visitor Support Associate
Requisition Number: 209 A-C
Overview: Are you a people person? How would you like to personally welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden this year? We need gatehouse cashiers to welcome our visitors and collect parking fees. Various shift hours available. Must be able to work weekends. Cash-handling experience and excellent customer service skills are required. A. Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m... Read more
Weekend Attendant, Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition
Requisition Number: 226
Overview: The weekend attendant, seasonal, works closely with the horticulture staff to take care of the plants and butterflies, with close attention to detail. Position also works closely with the interpretive programs and visitor services staff to facilitate the visitor experience during public hours. The work week includes Saturday and Sunday.

Internship

Plant Evaluation Intern
Requisition Number: 201
Overview: Do you have an interest in learning about new garden plants? Would you like to be a part of a program that shares information on how ornamental plants grow with professional horticulturists, landscape designers, educators, researchers, and home gardeners? The Plant Evaluation internship provides an opportunity to observe plants in outdoor gardens and document their performance through data... Read more