Summary: The Garden Education Instructor will develop and teach a variety of mission-related programs for families and garden visitors of all ages, as well as for off-site school and community groups. The Garden Education Instructor should be outgoing and comfortable teaching large groups of children. She/he/they will also need to be organized and able to work independently.
- Learn and implement hands-on lessons focused on plants, garden ecology, botany, and gardening, as well as develop and teach new lessons based on audience needs and interests.
- Develop, book, and present Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Plantmobile programs to school groups, both in the garden and off-site in schools and other settings.
- Lead and deliver family activities during garden hours and special events.
- Promote Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s mission and educational offerings at community events.
- Create content for social media platforms and website.
- Work with and support volunteers who are assisting with programs.
- Assist with the development of garden interpretation and activities.
- Lead tours for garden visitors.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, museum studies, botany, horticulture or related field.
- Three to five years of related experience in the fields of horticulture/botany, biology, gardening, environmental education, natural science, or a similar subject.
- Professional experience teaching in a public/private school or educational nonprofit.
- Ability to build rapport quickly with visitors and present content in a manner that is relevant, engaging, and compelling.
- Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.
- Successful experience working with a variety of audiences.
- Flexible, willing to adapt to change, and interested in helping envision a change.
- Strong time management, record keeping, public speaking, and writing skills.
- Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
- A state criminal background check and valid driver’s license.
- Ability to stand, and walk for up to 8 hours/day. Must be comfortable working actively outdoors for the majority of the day in all weather conditions.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
- A flexible schedule and the ability to work regular weekends and evenings, as needed.
Work Schedule: A part-time, year-round, hourly position that is non-exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is 24 hours per week; hours may increase seasonally (April through June). Occasional evening and weekend work required.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org