Intern, Horticulture – Kris S. Jarantoski
Employment TypePaid Internship (Full-time)
Title: Intern, Horticulture – Kris S. Jarantoski
Exemption Status: Non-exempt
Department: Horticulture Operations Administration
Reports to: Senior Director, Horticulture
Seasonal Full-time, anticipated to start May 2024 for approximately six months
To 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 Garden departments. Assigned areas may include nursery and greenhouse plant production, plant health care, horticulture maintenance and operations, plant collections documentation and mapping, visitor programs and events, administration, fund raising, adult and children’s education and volunteer services. Attend regular staff meetings, intern field trips and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers to learn about general Garden operations.
This six-month internship position is anticipated to begin in May 2024 and scheduled to work 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m during the week day and Saturday.
Duties & Responsibilities
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
Assist horticulturists and plant health care staff with routine garden maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning, mowing, planting, deadheading, grooming perennials, spraying, mulching, labeling, fertilizing, and removing debris.
Assist plant production staff with transplanting, watering, weeding, sowing seeds, taking cuttings, spacing pots, pinching, fertilizing, potting, delivering plants, pruning, and staking.
Attend design reviews of display gardens and grounds and reviews of proposed annual displays for displays when possible.
Duties as assigned by other departments.
Prepare and present a 15 to 20-minute lecture on your internship experience or lead a tour through an assigned area for the horticulture staff.
Chicago Botanic Garden Values & Behaviors:
As an organization, we…
Prioritize a culture of GROWTH.
We commit to remaining curious in how we approach our work.
Create and maintain spaces for learning.
Test new ideas and are willing to take risks to achieve our vision.
Collaborate to strengthen our skills and impact.
Demonstrate perseverance and humility as we work towards our long-term impact.
Seek to UNDERSTAND.
We seek to understand others from their perspective.
Provide opportunities for input and feedback from others.
Actively listen to all points of view.
Consider individuals’ lived experiences.
Advocate for and protect time for reflection especially during times of conflict or confusion.
See one another through a lens of RESILIENCE.
We believe that all individuals can experience good outcomes with support.
Give others the space to balance work and personal needs.
Support others and demonstrate empathy especially during challenging and stressful times.
Seek opportunities to learn from and about one another.
Ask questions about and anticipate the needs of others.
Build TRUST through TRANSPARENCY
We hold ourselves and others accountable by centering decision making that honors all people.
Communicate information in a timely manner.
Provide clarity in complex situations with the goal of common understanding.
Discuss both positive and negative outcomes openly.
Evaluate the impacts of our actions.
Education and Experience
Our ideal candidate will have:
Ability to work six 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.
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, pulling items up to 50 lbs. Work outside in all types of weather. Some work on stepladders.
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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.
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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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.
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