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Children’s Garden Program Coordinator
Category: Education


Queens Botanical Garden
Flushing, NY

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

 

 

Children’s Garden Program Coordinator

 

Vision

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs

and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

 

The Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. QBG’s HSBC Children’s Garden enables children ages 4½-12 the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an outdoor learning environment. The children not only explore various methods of gardening, but also discover their surrounding environment through hands-on activities about birds, insects, trees, solar energy, water conservation, and composting. This position offers a unique opportunity for individuals with interests in horticulture, education, environmental sustainability and/or non-profit organizations.

 

The Coordinator works closely with the Director of Education and other education staff to ensure the delivery of a safe, organized, and fun Children’s Garden program for all campers and staff, beginning with pre-season program planning and staff training.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with and advise on creation and implementation of curriculum
  • Facilitate planting, preparation and maintenance of the Children’s Garden
  • Teach, facilitate and coordinate lessons to students
  • Supervise senior, general and junior counselors
  • Work closely with Education Department personnel and serve as a liaison between Children’s Garden staff and department personnel
  • Develop and maintain high morale of program staff and participating children
  • Ensure that program activities and responsibilities are carried out including: health and safety supervision, lesson delivery, inventory and organizing materials, garden maintenance, and related tasks.
  • Keep attendance and other records
  • Assist Education staff

 

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Previous experience working in a camp or nature center setting (preferably one that is out-of-doors) in a leadership capacity
  • A college degree in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Knowledge of flower and vegetable gardening
  • A passion for working with children from widely varied backgrounds and life experiences
  • Experience supervising high school/college/graduate students
  • The desire to lead, motivate and excite others in above-mentioned fields
  • Self-motivation with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • An understanding and commitment to the goals and philosophy of QBG
  • Patience, initiative, enthusiasm, proactive communication style, flexibility and lots of energy.

Dates and Times

  • Training: 40 hours starting mid June
  • Summer program: 32-35 hours per week for 7 weeks (July-August).

 

To apply, you must put “Children’s Garden Program Coordinator” in the subject line and send resume and cover letter to education@queensbotanical.org. No calls please.

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