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Propagation Intern
Category: Horticulture

Chicago Horticultural Society
Chicago, Illinois

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013

Propagation Intern

Chicago Horticultural Society

Chicago Horticultural Society

Title: Propagation Intern
Exemption Status: Non-exempt
Department:  Horticulture Operations Administration
Reports to: Plant Propagator
Regular or Seasonal: Seasonal
Full-time or Part-time: Full-time
Supervises: Volunteers

Position Overview:
To learn about and gain experience in propagating plants by assisting with the propagation of annuals, perennials, native plants, tropical plants and floriculture crops grown in the production greenhouses and nursery. 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: 

  • Assist Plant Propagator with sowing seed, stratifying and scarifying seeds, taking cuttings, making divisions, grafting and budding.
  • Assist with the care of propagules including watering, fertilizing, thinning and repotting before they are assigned to a grower. Make occasional chemical applications.
  • Assist with researching propagation techniques and record keeping including tracking propagation request in a computer tracking system and recording propagation scheduling
  • Assist other growers in the greenhouses and nursery as needed.
  • 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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