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Production Greenhouse and Nursery Intern
Category: Horticulture

Chicago Horticultural Society
Chicago, Illinois

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013

Production Greenhouse and Nursery Intern

Chicago Horticultural Society

Chicago Horticultural Society
Title:  Production Greenhouse and Nursery Intern
Exemption Status: Non-exempt
Department:  Horticulture Operations Administration
Reports to: Brian Clark
Regular or Seasonal: Seasonal
Full-time or Part-time: Full-time
Supervises: volunteers

Position Overview
Learn about plant production by rotating through and working with the growers in the four divisions of the Plant Production Department. These divisions include the nursery, indoor floriculture, outdoor floriculture and plant propagation. Attend regular staff meetings and weekly intern meetings with guest speakers during summer to learn about general Botanic Garden operations.

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Work with the nursery supervisor to produce a broad range of plants including trees, shrubs, perennials, native plants and aquatics through potting, transplanting, fertilizing, weeding, spacing pots, setting up irrigation, watering and pruning.
  • Work with the indoor floriculturist to produce crops for interior displays, education programs and special events through potting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, grooming and training.
  • Work with the outdoor floriculturist to produce crops for spring, summer and fall annual displays through potting, watering, pinching, fertilizing and spacing.
  • Work with the plant propagator to propagate plants through sowing seeds, taking cuttings, making divisions, stratifying and scarifying seeds, grafting and budding.
  • Assist with the operation of computerized greenhouse controls.
  • Assist with delivery of plants.
  • Prepare and present a 10 minute lecture on an approved horticulture topic to the horticulture division.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to work 12 months beginning in May.
  • Be enrolled in a college horticulture program or related field with an interest in greenhouse and nursery management. Candidates within a year of their graduation will also be considered.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Have good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an operator’s license for chemical applications

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

Why Apply?
For more than 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 toward 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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