Education Manager, Youth Programs

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Start Date: 12/15/2022  Compensation: 55,000

The Education Department at Queens Botanical Garden is seeking a full time Education Manager for Youth Programs who will oversee on-site Gardening and environmental programs including our Children’s Garden and Garden Buds programs. In addition to being responsible for the day to day running of these seasonal programs, the Manager will work with the Director of Programs to set long-term goals for the programs and ensure that their direction aligns with QBG’s mission. The Education manager will work with staff to create welcoming, engaging, and content-rich programs for youth and their families year-round. The Manager will also help re-launch and/or create additional programs for populations not currently served. The Education Manager reports to the Director of Programs and collaborates with other education staff to ensure the delivery of safe, organized, enriching, and dynamic youth programming.


  • Develop, test, and refine content-rich curriculum for youth programs grounded in appropriate youth development practices and engaging pedagogy.
  • Oversee, care for, and maintain the physical Children’s Garden and World Farm.
  • In addition to Children’s Garden and Garden Buds, create and launch/re-launch an additional revenue generating program.
  • Coordinate and manage the purchasing and inventory of supplies needed for programs.
  • Work with education department staff to hire, train, and supervise teaching instructors, volunteers, and interns for these programs.
  • Observe youth programs and tours to provide coaching and feedback to instructors who implement the programs.
  • Teach programs as needed.
  • Promote synergy between program curriculum and physical Children’s Garden space through garden design, clear educational goals and objectives, interpretive signage, and care for plants from seeding to maturity.
  • Ensure programs adheres to health and safety procedures to create a safe and secure experience.
  • Collect evaluation data from program participants and families
  • Collaborate with other Education Managers on staffing needs
  • Work with Education Coordinator and Assistant Director of Marketing to promote the programs and track registration.
  • Support Garden-wide initiatives as needed
  • Oversee family engagement and communication; troubleshoot as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Have minimum of three to five years of related professional experience—preferably leading and managing outdoor or environmental programming or related types of non-formal education especially with a science or gardening focus.
  • Experience in curriculum development and lesson planning including setting goals, objectives, and linking to learning standards.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with plants – organic gardening a plus.
  • Experience supervising and building teams.
  • Passion for working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to develop systems for organizing information and content.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize; excellent attention to detail.
  • Multi-lingual – especially Spanish or Mandarin – a plus.
  • Experience with managing revenue generating programs and budgets – a plus.

Additional Information

This is a full-time position with benefits. This position requires a 35 hours/week schedule Monday through Friday, with the flexibility to adjust for an occasional weekend schedule especially in the spring and fall.
For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to Human Resources (HR).

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 via email, phone 718-886-3800 x 203.

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Eryn Hatzithomas
Phone: 7188863800 x203
Website: Apply Online