Propagation Intern

Requisition Number: 
Horticulture Operations Administration
Job Status: 
Education and interpretation are important facets of the day-to-day Garden operations. The intern will work closely with the Production staff and gain practical knowledge in the growing of native and nonnative taxa. Interns will also have the opportunity to get exposure to general Garden operations by attending Production staff meetings and intern meetings with guest speakers during the summer months. Interns can attend courses offered by the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden at a discounted rate. All interns will present a 10-minute lecture on a topic of his or her choice to the horticulture division near the end of the summer program.

To gain experience in the propagation stage of plant production.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Duties include assisting with the propagation of annuals, perennials, woody ornamentals, native habitat plants, tropicals, and floriculture crops grown in the production greenhouses and nursery. This propagation will include sowing seed, taking cuttings and divisions, and, depending on demand, grafting and budding. The intern will also assist in the aftercare of the propagules including watering, fertilizing, thinning, and repotting. Additional tasks will be researching propagation techniques, tracking propagation requests in a computer tracking system, and recording propagation scheduling. The intern will also assist other growers in the greenhouses and nursery on occasion when the need arises.


Candidate should be available to work 12 months beginning in late May or early June, and a graduate of or enrolled in a college horticulture program or a related field with an interest in greenhouse and nursery management. The ideal candidate will be flexible, able to work in a fast-paced environment, and possess good communication and interpersonal skills.

Physical Demands: 
Must have or be able to obtain an operator’s license for chemical applications. Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs.
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.