Plant Evaluation Intern

Requisition Number: 
Plant Evaluation/Ornamental Plant Research
Job Status: 
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 collection and photography. The Chicago Botanic Garden has one of the largest and most diverse plant evaluation programs in the United States, featuring a wide variety of perennials, vines, and shrubs. If you are interested in learning more, please apply for this 21-week internship position, which starts in early May.

The 21-week intern will assist the Plant Evaluation Program on a variety of projects including the field evaluation and the photographic documentation of a diversity of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
  1. Assist with the evaluation of plants in the Plant Evaluation Program by collecting and maintaining accurate data records.
  2. Assist in the photographic documentation of the ornamental plant research collection using a digital camera. Maintain the photographic slide database and catalog.

Student or graduate of a horticulture or related plant science program; knowledge of herbaceous and woody plants; digital photography experience; and computer database experience. It is important that the intern be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Start date is early May 2015 (flexible). This is a 21-week internship.

Physical Demands: 
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, pulling items less than 50 pounds.
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.