GreenHouse Program Instructor

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Start Date: Summer 2021

The Horticultural Society of New York (the Hort) is seeking a GreenHouse Program Instructor for our therapeutic horticulture program for young adults and adults currently incarcerated, some of whom are diagnosed with mental illness. The ideal candidate has a background in horticultural therapy or vocational rehabilitation with an emphasis on horticulture. Candidates should be highly collegial, enjoy a mission-driven environment, have the ability to work independently, and thrive in a fast-paced, constantly changing work environment. Excellent knowledge of horticulture, botany, and environmental science is essential to this position. Experience with classroom management, curriculum development and lesson planning is a plus.

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 educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.

The full-time GreenHouse Program instructor will predominantly work with women or men age 18+ who are currently incarcerated. The GreenHouse curriculum combines classroom instruction in botany, horticulture and landscape design, horticultural therapy, and year-round hands-on vocational training. The Instructor is part of
a dynamic team, which include the Program Director, Program Manager, Department of Correction staff, Horticultural Therapists, and a team of fellow Instructors
that consists of people with various related professional backgrounds. This position may also conduct therapeutic horticulture workshops with other social service programs within The Hort.


Program Delivery

  • Lead classroom instruction in horticulture, botany and environmental science
  • Lead restoration of existing program gardens after the pandemic, and build new green spaces allocated to the program
  • Enhance the program’s current curriculum and develop new lessons plans
  • Support all efforts to re-start in -person programming after a period of remote lesson delivery throughout the pandemic
  • Structure and facilitate horticultural therapy sessions and vocational/academic as well as life-skills sessions
  • Research and create supportive materials for lesson plans to influence operational excellence and collaboration

Administrative Tasks

  • Weekly and monthly reporting of relevant data to The Hort and the Department of Correction (DOC)
  • Collect and Evaluate student data
  • Procure program supplies, such as plants, workshop materials, books, tools etc. and maintain accurate purchase records
  • Assistant with preparing and giving presentations about the program at conferences or to funders
  • Oversee volunteers or interns
  • Collaborate with other Hort programs, as needed
  • Other tasks as needed by the program and the organization


Required Qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of horticulture, botany, and environmental science, hands on as well as theory
  • Work experience serving youth at risk, individuals with mental illnesses, individuals with a history of substance use, or individuals who are incarcerated.
  • Experience with lesson planning, curriculum creation, and strong classroom management skills
  • Demonstrated administrative skills including data entry and evaluation.
  • Flexibility with the work schedule and the ability to thrive in changing situations
  • A non-judgmental attitude towards people from all routes of life

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered as a horticultural therapist (HTR) or holding a certificate in horticultural-or eco therapy
  • Work experience as an Environmental Educator
  • Being bilingual is a plus.
  • A “pull up your sleeve”, “can do” attitude with a sense of humor is desirable.

Additional Information

Reporting to the Program Manager, this full-time, non-exempt position will start Summer 2021. The Instructor will work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Approximately four days per week in-person programming will take place on Rikers Island starting at 7am.
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).
Application instructions: To apply, please email your resume, cover letter (include salary requirements) and two references to with “GreenHouse Program Instructor” in the subject line.

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.

Contact Information

The Horticultural Society of New York
Contact Name: Lauren Keane-Farrell