Garden Educator

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The Horticultural Society of New York (the Hort) is seeking a Garden Educator. Our Education team seeks a creative and organized educator who will travel to NYC schools reaching students of all ages. Our work serves school students, families, senior, and neighbors from our Education Center at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park. This is a full-time position with a Tuesday-Saturday schedule.

The mission of the Horticultural Society of New York is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs education and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.

The Hort is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. It is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law.

Details at a Glance This full-time, non-exempt position works Tuesday through Saturday from our Education Center located at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park.

Benefits The Hort offers full-time employees a generous vacation package, sick leave, personal leave, 10 paid holidays, and the opportunity to enroll in our medical plan (of which the Hort pays a portion).

How to Apply To be considered please email a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and content sample (ie lesson plan, video, or activity outline) to Pam Ito at with

‘Garden Educator’ in the subject line. No phones call.


  • Teach in-person, on-line and in blended capacities for students, families, seniors and the general public.
  • travel to partner sites to plant, propagate, cultivate, and maintain vegetable, pollinator and learning gardens.
  • Price, procure and deliver program supplies.
  • Update the Director weekly to discuss successes and challenges of each site.
  • Develop promotional and project materials to create awareness and increased project engagement.
  • Solicit, schedule and teach school groups and public programs at our DFRSP Education Center.
  • Maintain school gardens and roof-top sites.
  • Maintain receipts and tracking expenses.
  • Maintain attendance and learning outcome records.


Required Qualifications

  • 4-year college degree in education, environmental science, botany or related field or equivalent experience
  • Teaching experience in formal, non-formal and outdoor capacities
  • Exceptional communication skills: you shine in front of the classroom and through written and verbal communication
  • Plant knowledge, basic gardening skills and a passion for sustainability and the environment
  • Fluency in web-based learning and social media platforms
  • Detail-oriented, and highly organized
  • Love of travel by public transportation
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions
  • Strong writing, editing, communication and video content creation skills
  • Able to work both independently and with department staff to complete projects on a timely basis
  • Able to lift 25 lbs

Preferred Qualifications

  • New York State Teaching Certification preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

Additional Information

​We have an amazing team, generous benefits package, and lots of room for growth! We look forward to reviewing your application!

Contact Information

The Horticultural Society of New York
Contact Name: Pam Ito
Phone: (212) 757-0915