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Instructor, Public Programs
Category: Education

Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014

Job # N010
Instructor, Public Programs - Apply Now! 
:  Part time, Regular
Dept/Div:  Education
Application Deadline:  March 14, 2014

The Public Programs Instructor participates in all aspects of structured education programming including curriculum development, program preparation, and delivery. The target population for this position is primarily adult education and some youth and family programming, ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults. Programs are delivered at the Garden. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Participates in all aspects of structured education programming including curriculum development, program preparation, and delivery. Primary program emphasis is nature-based and/or horticulture-based subjects for adult and youth and family. Classes will be primarily hands-on with some lecture. 
  • The participant population will be adults and some youth and family, ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults. 
  • Delivers programs primarily at the Main Garden. 
  • Provides general support as needed for all Garden educational programming. 
  • Collaborates with Education Division colleagues, Garden staff and area educators on best practices, program development, teaching methods and such, contributing from his or her area of expertise and receiving from other’s. 
  • Assists with procuring and maintaining program supplies. 
  • Maintains communication with their customer base and participates in the recruitment and selection of new customers. May represent the Garden promoting public programming at community events off-site. 
  • May take on collateral tasks such as assisting with special educational events. 
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines and safe working practices and routinely monitors to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately. 
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.


  • Minimum one (1) year experience teaching families and children; may include student teaching and practicum experience. 
  • Minimum two (2) years experience teaching adult populations. 
  • Experience working in a cultural institution preferred. 
  • Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays. 
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill and /or abilities required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, education or related degree. 
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR certification. 
  • An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered. 

Other Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the techniques of informal learning and a keen interest in sharing with participants. 
  • Advanced skills in interpersonal communication and public speaking. 
  • Possess an enthusiastic and dynamic personality that engages students. 

Reasoning Ability: 

  • Completes tasks with minor guidance to coordinate meeting times, set deadlines, and promptly set up, deliver and complete projects/presentations in a timely manner. 

Communication and Language Skills: 

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English (oral and written). 

Computer Skills: 

  • Proficiency in navigating through the Internet and social media platforms, and various PC applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite 2010 (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel and Word) or a similar application. 
  • Proficient in use in data projectors and audio visual equipment. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license prior to employment. 

Physical Demands: 

  • Ability to stand and move about MBG facilities or classrooms for extended periods of time, 50 - 80% or more of a typical workday is standing on feet (e.g., extensive standing, walking, reaching and stooping). 
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing). 
  • Able to lift up to (30) pounds (i.e., load, unload and move supplies and equipment). 
  • Must be able to work in high heat/humidity. 

Work Environment: 

  • Classroom and outside instruction in the Garden. 
  • Frequent local travel required. 
  • Climate controlled buildings. 
  • Shared office space. 
  • Work outdoors in temperatures of (100°F or more), in humid conditions, rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions and some uncomfortable conditions (i.e. wet, with active insects) as needed.

All applications must be submitted online.  Please use APGA as your referral source for this position.

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An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Applications remain current for 90 days. Reapplication required thereafter. All resumes and applications are reviewed by a Human Resource Management Division representative before interviews are scheduled. If accommodation assistance is needed for completion of the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact any member of the Human Resource Management Division.

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