Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people through plants to improve communities.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve, reveals the unity and integration of human and plant life, celebrates the fundamental significance of the natural world, and enriches communities through horticultural and educational excellence and innovative outreach activities.
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Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting educational programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.
The School and Teacher Program Coordinator oversees the development and implementation of PreK-12 school group visits, outreach programming in the schools, and educator professional learning. Building relationships with leaders and teachers in Richmond-area school districts will be a crucial part of their role. They are responsible for supervising part-time educators, and also serve as a member of the teaching team that presents nature-based programs to learners of all ages and abilities.
We value and understand peer-reviewed research demonstrating youth learn most when they see themselves represented by their teachers. We have a strong desire for our Youth and Family Engagement Team to represent the diverse community we serve. We encourage members of the BIPOC community to apply.
• Prek-12 School Group Programs
o Develops, maintains, and updates lesson outlines for onsite field trip programs.
o Responsible for supply inventory, ordering, organization, and tracking expenses.
o Develops outreach programming in partnership with local schools, focusing on repeat
engagements and creating immersive and meaningful learning experiences for
o Supports the fulfillment of grant-funded programs through efficient allocation of staff
and program resources; monitors the budget and provides evaluative data for grant
• Educator Professional Learning
o Develops and delivers immersive professional learning programs independently and in
coordination with district and university partners.
o Represents the Garden at local/regional educator conferences.
• Supervision of part-time educators and volunteers
o Recruits, hires, trains, coaches, and completes performance appraisals for part-time
educators responsible for teaching school programs.
o Monitors and evaluates the teaching methods of part-time educators, offering coaching
as needed. Offers ongoing support and constructive guidance related to interactive,
hands-on instructional approaches.
o Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers working with School and Teacher Programs.
• Promotion of School and Teacher Programs
o Develops marketing and promotional materials related to school and teacher programs,
including promotional copy and program descriptions.
o Develops and updates content for the Youth & Family Engagement website page,
internal and external Garden communications, including social media.
o Liaises with district partners in collaboration with Youth and Family Engagement
o Cultivates relationships with school district leaders and teachers.
• All members of the Youth and Family Engagement Team
o Assist with the general upkeep of Children’s Garden spaces.
o Ensure that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security, and comfort are met at all
times in the Garden.
o Complete other duties as assigned, including team projects, special events, and
o Work occasional weekend, evening, and holiday hours.
• Bachelor’s or Associates' degree or equivalent experience working in an educational
• 2-3 years of experience teaching or working with schools in an informal learning
• Demonstrated experience coordinating the work of others (whether as a formal
supervisor of paid staff/volunteers, team lead, or in a context outside traditional
• Familiarity with curriculum development and Virginia Standards of Learning.
• Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting is a plus.
• Prior experience in a botanical garden, museum, or cultural non-profit preferred.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to HR@lewisginter.org.