GAP Coordinator/Supervising Instructor

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Start Date: 10/19/2022  Compensation: $45,489 - $52,312

Position Title: Garden Apprentice Program Coordinator/ Supervising Instructor
Department: Children’s Education
Reports to: Manager of Youth Programs
FLSA Status: Full-time, Non-exempt
Grade: Union

Responsible for the development and implementation of the Garden Apprentice Program (GAP)—a four-tiered apprenticeship program for youth entering 8th through 12th grades. Responsibilities include recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of up to 60 apprentices per year, as well as development and facilitation of classroom and garden-based programs. The regular work schedule for this position is Tuesday–Saturday in the spring and fall, and Monday–Friday in the summer and winter.


  • Collaborate closely with another GAP coordinator and the manager of Youth Programs to develop program schedules for and implement all aspects of the Garden Apprentice Program.
  • Coordinate recruitment and selection of up to 60 youth apprentices per program year, which runs from March through November.
  • Coordinate horticulture of the GAP vegetable plots within the Children’s Garden.
  • Develop and implement responsive curricula for select GAP placements, which can include Horticulture, Science Research, Exhibition Design, and College Application Support.
  • Support holistic youth development for apprentices in areas such as professionalism, community building, leadership, behavior management, and others as needed.
  • Lead ongoing communication with apprentices and their families regarding apprentices’ attendance, behavior, and growth.
  • Work outdoors in various weather conditions; co-lead yearly overnight camping trips for senior apprentices.
  • Coordinate special events for apprentices and their families throughout the year.
  • Collaborate with other BBG Education programs in the Children’s Garden and Education Greenhouses; partner with external organizations for community projects and field trips.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise four summer instructors assisting with the implementation of the program.
  • Plan, lead, and participate in training for apprentices and wider Education staff.
  • Source and order all program supplies; track expenses within budget.
  • Collect and record data for evaluation and reporting.
  • Assist with special Garden-wide projects and initiatives and perform other related duties.


  • BA or BS degree in education, environmental education, related field, or commensurate experience
  • Minimum of three years’ related experience, including direct experience working with youth in grades 8 through 12
  • Experience in horticulture, preferably with food plants
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, both orally and in writing
  • Excellent collaboration, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite including Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs for administrative tasks
  • Able to pass a background check for working with children

Additional Information

Salary commensurate with experience – $45,489 - $52,312
BBG offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Health Insurance that begins the date of hire; employees are offered coverage through the City of New York’s Office of Labor Relations and can choose from a variety of plans, some at no cost to the employee.
Dental/Vision/Prescription Benefits
Pre-Tax Benefits including flexible spending, dependent care, transit/parking accounts
CIRS Pension/401K/Life Insurance: BBG is a member of the Cultural Institutions Retirement System (CIRS) and offers a pension and 401K plan for eligible employees. Life insurance is provided through CIRS as well.
Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance
Generous Paid Time Off including sick time, vacation time, and 12 annual holidays 
As a 501(c)3, BBG is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Eligible Employer.

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