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Company: Chicago Botanic Garden

Title: Security Officer
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Department: Security

Reports to: Supervisor, Security

Seasonal Full-time, Seasonal Part-time, and Resource positions

A Security Officer at the Chicago Botanic Garden serves the visitors, members, and staff by maintaining the safety and security of the property, personnel, and collections of the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is accomplished through a combination of driving patrols, foot patrols, emergency response, standing guard duty, observation, reporting, and working closely with local law enforcement and emergency response personnel. Flexible schedule to cover weekdays/weekends.

The seasonal positions range from five months to eight months. If working seasonal full-time six months or more will be eligible for health benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following:
• Maintain the safety of visitors, employees, and property at the Garden while enforcing Garden rules and regulations.
• Provide information and assistance to the visitor in a pleasant, professional manner.
• Work closely with Visitor Services to provide the best information and service for the visitor.
• Maintain valid certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the use of AEDs, and Standard First Aid through Garden-provided training.
• Provide emergency first aid to employees and visitors.
• Prepare accurate and clear reports of accidents, illness, theft, vandalism, or any other unusual occurrences with immediate notification to Security Management.
• Perform responsibilities specific to each post as assigned: Gatehouse, West Gate, Dundee Gate, Education Center, Front of Gateway, Information Desk, Japanese Garden, Evening Island, Fruit & Vegetable Garden, etc.
• Perform patrols including all buildings, islands, gardens, and other Garden property. Control traffic whenever needed.
• Make appropriate Security Department vehicle operating and safety checks.
• Pick up and deliver people and materials as needed.
• Assist Security Management in other areas as directed.

Chicago Botanic Garden Values & Behaviors:


As an organization, we…


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.


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.


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.


Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • At least one year of security or similar experience preferred
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to successfully complete First Aid and CPR training
  • Valid driver’s license insurable by the Chicago Horticultural Society
  • In addition to English, ability to speak and understand one or more other languages preferred
  • Ability to use computers/email proficiently

Physical Demands:

Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds. Frequent driving, walking, standing. Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

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.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

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.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns. Please do not call this number to inquire about job postings or the status of your application, or with solicitations from companies or third-party recruiters.

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