Horticultural Therapist/ Instructor: Therapeutic Program for Youth & Adults

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The Horticultural Society of New York, GreenHouse Program on Rikers Island Correctional Facility. The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) seeks an experienced, energetic, Horticultural Therapist/Horticultural Instructor to join our GreenHouse program at Rikers Island, and other locations, a unique collaboration between The Hort, the NYC DOC and the DOE. The Hort provides horticultural therapy and vocational training to individuals on Rikers Island through GreenHouse, and helps participants not only learn a skill but also supports them with intentionally preparing for the next steps in their lives.

The full-time Instructor will work within an established program that serves several groups of women and men ages 18+ who are currently incarcerated. The curriculum combines horticultural therapy, classroom instruction in botany, horticulture, and landscape design.Taking place on both weekends and weekdays, GreenHouse runs year-round and the instructor will be part of a dynamic team of program Director, Managers, Department of Correction staff, Horticultural Therapists/ Instructors, and various other interns and volunteers. This position reports directly to Program Managers and Program Director

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.


  • Enhancing the program’s current curriculum and developing new lessons plans
  • Leading classroom instruction
  • Structuring and facilitating horticultural therapy sessions and vocational/academic as well as life-skills sessions
  • Researching and creating supportive materials for lesson plans influence operational excellence and collaboration
  • Weekly and monthly reporting of relevant data to The Hort and the Department of Correction (DOC)
  • Collecting and evaluating student data
  • Shopping for program supplies, such as plants, workshop materials, books, tools etc. and maintain accurate purchase records
  • Assistance with preparing and giving presentations about the program at conferences or to funders
  • Overseeing volunteers or interns
  • Other tasks not listed may apply


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and data entry
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • A flexible, “can do” attitude with a sense of humor a must
  • An open mind, sensitivity to our students’ circumstances, and non-judgmental attitude
  • Ability to understand and accept the implications of providing services in a correctional facility
  • Registered horticultural therapist (HTR) or holding a certificate in horticultural- or eco-therapy preferred
  • Extensive horticulture knowledge including, but not limited to, garden maintenance, and plant identification required
  • Experience working with Youth at-risk, individuals with mental illnesses, individuals with substance use disorder, or individuals who are incarcerated preferred
  • Experience creating curriculums or lesson plans
  • Classroom Management skills
  • Proficiency in more than one language is a plus

Additional Information

Contact Information

The Horticultural Society of NY
Contact Name: Lauren Keane-Farrell
Email: lkeanefarrell@thehort.org
Phone: 212-757 0915
Website: Apply Online