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Display Gardens Intern
Category: Horticulture

Chicago Horticultural Society
Chicago, Illinois

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013

Display Gardens Intern

Chicago Horticultural Society

Chicago Horticultural Society

Exemption Status: Non-exempt
Department:  Horticulture Operations Administration
Reports to: Senior Horticulturist
Regular or Seasonal: Seasonal
Full-time or Part-time: Full-time
Supervises: not applicable

Position Overview
To learn how to properly maintain a public display garden by working with a Senior Horticulturist and his or her team of staff and volunteers. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Botanic Garden operations.



In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist Horticulturists with routine garden maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning, mowing, planting, deadheading, grooming perennials, mulching, labeling, fertilizing and removing debris.
  • Prepare and present a 10 minute lecture on an approved horticulture topic to the horticulture division.


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Ability to work three months beginning in May.
  • Be enrolled in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in garden maintenance. Candidates within a year of their graduation will also be considered.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.


Physical Demands:
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, pulling items less than 50 lbs. Work outside in all types of weather. Some work on stepladders.

Why Apply?
For almost 40 years, our employees have worked to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. Come work in a setting that is like no other. Take the first step towards being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Apply today.
Please note 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.

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