The Education & Event Coordinator will build on current programming and have a unique opportunity to develop and expand new programs for schools, adults, and garden visitors.
More about Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the City of Kennesaw’s botanical garden. In 2004, the City bought the property to preserve its past and prepare it to welcome public visitors as a cultural and family destination for the region. Shortly thereafter, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation was formed to build community and financial support. The City annexed an adjoining 2.2 acre parcel in 2007, which will be the future home of the Creekside Discovery Area for children. In 2009, the Master Plan was approved, which preserves the features that make the home and gardens unique while incorporating the modern elements required for public use and revenue generation. With additional property acquisitions, the Gardens now occupies more than 17 acres, 13 of which are open to the public at this time. A public-private partnership to raise funds for a new education/visitor center is now underway.
Located in the heart of Cobb County, the Gardens offer the Atlanta metro region vital greenspace within one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia. Voted the Top Place to take children in the Atlanta metro area, the property is rich with botanical, artistic and historic treasures. Fifteen themed garden spaces, anchored by the reconstruction era Hiram Butler House, contain thousands of plants. The award-winning “Garden with Wings” butterfly house and pollinator garden promote conservation of beneficial Georgia native plants and insects. The crevice garden displays a gardening style and plant collection rarely seen in the southeastern United States. Robust collections of hydrangeas, camellias, conifers, and roses along with woodland and perennial gardens inspire visitors to explore variety for their own home landscapes.
Under general supervision, this position implements educational programming, including field trips for schools and adult groups, general visitor programming, and informal learning activities. Assists with special events and rentals to ensure positive guest experience.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
· 40% Develop, prepare, and deliver developmentally appropriate lessons for PreK-12 students, educational groups and family audiences.
· 15% Work collaboratively to update interpretive ideas and teaching strategies and support efforts to develop new programs and resources.
· 15% Assist with scheduling, taking inventory of supplies, recommending purchases, and reviewing programming logistics.
· 10% Assist with training, monitoring, and communicating with volunteers
· 10% Support public program, special events, and garden wide initiatives as appropriate
· 10% Work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers, ensuring a quality experience for guests
For the complete list of duties, please visit the City of Kennesaw website.
Associate or Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental education or related field.
Minimum of two years of experience developing and teaching informal education programs with preference for experience in a public garden, children’s museum or science museum.
Experience working with volunteers required.
Candidate with knowledge of local school system is a plus.
Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to multi-task, work in a team environment, and with minimal supervision.
Necessary computer skills include Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Power Point, Word, etc.) and scheduling platform such as Sign Up Genius.
The City offers a competitive benefits package.
To apply: Visit the City of Kennesaw website and follow the instructions to apply online.