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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Seasonal

Assistant Grower, Seasonal
Requisition Number: 275
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 week, and the position will require the... Read more
Assistant Horticulturist, Seasonal A-I
Requisition Number: 280
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
College First Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 288
Overview: The instructor will deliver an eight-week summer hands-on science internship program for students in grades 11 to 12. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to design and deliver an environmental science curriculum with emphasis on outdoor field investigations, and oversee student mentorship assignments and individual research projects. The instructor should be available to work for... 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
Kris S. Jarantoski Intern
Requisition Number: 318
Overview: The intern will 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 Chicago Botanic Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant healthcare, horticulture... Read more
Plants of Concern Natural Areas Monitoring Assistant
Requisition Number: 306
Overview: Plants of Concern is recruiting for a seasonal research assistant to assist in developing and implementing a protocol for rapidly assessing natural areas owned by the Chicago Park District. This 11-week, 35-hour/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, and wetlands... Read more
Science First Assistant A-B
Requisition Number: 290
Overview: This position assists the manager of secondary education & career programs and the Science First instructors with the Science First program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the instructors with class and field activities, preparing for laboratory and field projects, and working with Science First students on their daily lessons and projects. The assistant should be... Read more
Science First Instructor A-B
Requisition Number: 289
Overview: The instructor will deliver a hands-on, free summer science program for Chicago Public School students in grades 8 to 10. The instructor will collaborate with a co-instructor to design and co-deliver an informal science curriculum with emphasis on outdoor field investigations and group research projects. The instructor should be available to work/teach for 37.5 hours per week from June 29 to... Read more
Seasonal Assistant, Plant Health Care
Requisition Number: 298
Overview: The seasonal assistant for plant health care's primary responsibility is to keep the general grounds weed free. The assistant will spend most of his/her time working independently in the Garden grounds performing manual weed control, spraying herbicides, and performing general landscape maintenance. The seasonal assistant also assists the plant health care specialists with other duties such... Read more
Seasonal Security Officer
Requisition Number: 309
Overview: This position is 16 hours per week.
Seasonal Security Officer A-C
Requisition Number: 308
Overview: This position is 32 hours per week.
Seasonal Security Officer A-D
Requisition Number: 307
Overview: This position is 24 hours per week.
Seasonal Shuttle Van Driver
Requisition Number: 312
Overview: 16 hours per week.
Seasonal Visitor Support Specialist
Requisition Number: 311
Overview: This position is 24 hours per week.
Seasonal Visitor Support Specialist A-B
Requisition Number: 310
Overview: This position is 32 hours per week.
Shoreline Maintenance A-B
Requisition Number: 274
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 & Cashier
Requisition Number: 300
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
Visitor Assistant & Cashier
Requisition Number: 301
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 Rodeo Farm Crew Leader
Requisition Number: 295
Overview: Join a team of dedicated and mission-oriented urban farmers and youth workers to oversee a seasonal transitional jobs crew employed in the Windy City Harvest (WCH) Corps program. WCH is looking for a dedicated, organized, flexible, and hard-working Rodeo Farm Corps crew leader. The crew leader will lead and engage, working side by side as a team with the crew in maintaining all aspects of a two-... Read more

Regular

Foreman, Grounds
Requisition Number: 297
Overview: The grounds foreman operates landscaping equipment, supervises crews, performs general grounds maintenance, and provides support for all Garden areas.
Mechanic
Requisition Number: 321
Overview: This position is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Garden vehicles, equipment and vairous tools.
Security Officer
Requisition Number: 302
Senior Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens
Requisition Number: 314
Overview: The senior horticulturist will coordinate the development and maintenance of display gardens of the highest quality for the education and enjoyment of visitors. The senior horticulturist also will provide horticultural expertise to the public about gardening.
Youth & Family Programs Instructor
Requisition Number: 320
Overview: To facilitate a range of hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families at the Garden, primarily children's birthday parties on weekends.

Internship

Interpretive Programs Intern
Requisition Number: 277
Overview: To achieve 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