Education Instructor (Part-Time/Seasonal)
Employment TypeJob (Part-time)
The Education Department at Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops, kids programs and teacher training programs throughout the year following QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability. The Garden seeks seasonal Instructors who are passionate about environmental education to fulfill our teaching and programmatic needs. Multiple positions available for Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.
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. In FY23, the Garden served 291,027 visitors, including 24,348 schoolchildren. A recently completed visitor survey reveals that 45% of visitors speak a language other than English at home. This fact underscores the importance of the mission and the challenges and opportunities QBG faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of people who live in and visit one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever-changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants, and cultures meet.
Duties & Responsibilities
Teach QBG environmental, art, sustainability and gardening programming to the standards set by QBG either at the Garden or out in the community
Work with Education Manager, and other QBG staff to implement interactive and engaging gardening and environmental and sustainability workshops and activities
Create a safe and welcoming space for participants
Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs.
Set up and break down programming spaces
Travel from QBG to other locations to implement program, and transport materials as needed
Support horticulture and gardening needs of the department
Support additional needs of the Education Department
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree or two years relevant experience in education, science, or a related field
Class/ group management experience, especially with children
Experience teaching in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany, or life sciences a plus
Experience and interest in working with diverse communities
Must be able to work with varied size groups of children and adults
Enthusiastic and collaborative attitude
Excellent communication and organizational abilities
Ability to commit to two or more half days of programming per week, minimum of 8 hours per week
Instructors may conduct such activities as workshops, group tours, special event activity tables, and lessons on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. These programs cater to groups of all ages, especially children and families, and occur on weekdays and weekends.
Schedule: Multiple part-time seasonal positions available. All spring roles must be available for training on March 18 & 19. We are currently looking to offer 2 or more shifts within the following program offerings, with a possible fall extension available:
Group programs: April – June: Monday – Friday (9am-1pm)
After school programming at Queens based schools: March – June: Monday – Friday (12pm-5pm or 5 hours per session)
Children’s Garden: April – June, Saturdays & Sundays (12pm-4pm) and July & August, Mondays – Thursdays (8am-4pm)
Salary: $20 per hour
To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center: https://queensbotanical.org/employment/#education-instructor. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.
Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, predisposing genetic characteristic, immigration status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources.Application Deadline:
March 15, 2024