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John G Shedd Aquarium

Internship - Organic, Sustainable Gardening - Fall 2022

Internship: Organiz, Sustainable Gardening
Season: Fall 2022 (Approx Sept-Nov)
Location: Onsite
Application Deadline: Monday August 22 at 9am CST
Internship Overview: 
At Shedd Aquarium our commitment to conservation and sustainability is extended outside the walls into our biodiverse organic gardens that have been developed as both aesthetic and educational experiences for our visitors. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about caring for naturalistic landscapes, native plant propagation, edible landscaping, practical use of native plants in ornamental horticulture, invasive species control, our relationship with pollinators, soil creation and conservation, IPM, and food propagation. Interns will work independently and with our team to learn the skills needed to care for these landscapes.  
Learning Objectives: 

  • Strengthen understanding of the sustainable gardening techniques practiced at Shedd and their wider application  
  • Strengthen understanding of how to create biodiverse managed landscapes  
  • Practice the basics of organic fruit and vegetable propagation  
  • Develop an understanding of the potential of mission-driven public gardens to advance conservation work  

Responsibilities & Projects: 

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values 
  • Partner with the Coordinator of Horticulture to learn about garden maintenance and sustainable methods.  
  • Work alongside the Coordinator of Horticulture and Manager of Horticulture Programs to learn about the skills required for growing healthy gardens.  
  • Assist as directed with: 
    • Weeding, watering and deadheading. 
    • Water feature maintenance. 
    • Planting vegetable and annual starts  
    • Growing and harvesting food crops in our display gardens 
    • Preparing new planting areas 
    • Natural and native landscape maintenance 
    • Native plant propagation 
  • Other projects as assigned 


Fields of Interest: 

  • Horticulture, Urban Agriculture, Environmental Studies, Public Gardens or related and a strong desire to learn in this field. Horticulture training helpful, but not required.


  • Ability to walk, stand, and stoop for extended periods of time and lift up to 80 pounds.  
  • Strong communication skills with an outgoing and friendly personality  
  • Ability to handle multiple projects  
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions  
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. 

Time & Compensation: 

  • This is a non-exempt, temporary position that pays $15.40 per hour
  • We anticipate this position will be scheduled for 21 hours per week for 11 weeks, pending business needs and individual performance.
  • Preferred schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00a -3:30p is ideal
  • Set schedule based on intern availability. 



How to Apply

Please apply through our website:

John G Shedd Aquarium
1200 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr
Chicago , IL 60605
Phone: 3126923167

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