To be considered for this internship opportunity, please send your complete internship application packet to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
c/o Volunteer Services
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Application deadline for summer 2013 is April 15.
Internship Title: Horticulture internship
Internship Department: Planning and Design
Objective: To expose interns to the many facets of sustainability, horticulture, cultivation and design.
Plant, weed, water and otherwise maintain the aquarium's gardens under supervision of staff.
Other duties and projects as assigned. All interns would be responsible for their own project and recordkeeping.
Potential Intern Projects
Animal Foods Program
This project will develop harvest schedule and amounts for crops that will provide enrichment to our animals. This project also includes coordinating with Fishes department for the weekly delivery schedule.
Xeriscape, Dune and Wetland Gardens
This project involves weekly weeding and maintenance. New plantings will be monitored and hand watered if needed. Plant ID list to be compiled.
Square Foot Vegetable Garden (Urban Vegetable Gardening)
Intensive vegetable growing demonstration garden. This area is developed to show visitors the amount of produce that can be grown in a small area.
Migratory Bird Garden
This 40,000-square-foot garden provides habitat for migrating species on our building’s lake side. New native plantings will be monitored and weeded, and a plant ID list compiled.
This area will demonstrate different methods of composting for our visitors to experience. Vermicomposting and other methods will be employed and evaluated. Collect composting data on a day-to-day basis.
Final Product(s): A better understanding of sustainable gardening practices, food systems and organic growing techniques.
Qualifications: A desirable candidate must be able to multitask, work well with teams and independently as well as effectively manage his or her time. A candidate who is a self-starter and has an interest in botany, gardening, sustainability, or conservation is preferred.
Minimum GPA: 2.5 on a 4-point scale.
Desired Year in School: Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
Compensation: Unpaid. Interns must make arrangements with their schools to gain academic credit for this internship. Shedd Aquarium is happy to provide any work documentation necessary for this process.
Desired Majors: Environmental science, conservation, horticulture, botany, or similar field.
Time Commitment: Interns are required to commit to eight to 12 weeks at 20 hours per week minimum. Interns will have a focused project assigned to them in which they will be the primary gardener. Teamwork will be a large focus and maintenance of all garden spaces will be required from all participants. For training purposes, Wednesday availability is preferred.
Learning Potential: Exposure to a variety of environmental and agricultural issues through research and field experience. Ability to manage, organize and communicate various sustainable gardening practices through the building and to Shedd’s guests. Connections to other Shedd staff, interns and vendors through formal and informal trainings as well as mentorship opportunities.
To Apply: Print and complete the application packet available on our website. A list of the required documents is on the website. If you have questions aboutthis internship or our program, please e-mail the volunteer and internship program manager at email@example.com.
Summer 2013: April 15, or until the internship is filled.