Instructor (Part Time- Seasonal)
Mission - Updated by Board of Trustees on December 15, 2009: Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.
Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. In FY19, the Garden served over 263,000 visitors, including 34,856 schoolchildren. A recently completed visitor survey reveals that 45% of visitors speak a language other than English at home. This fact underscores the importance of the mission and the challenges and opportunities QBG faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes
that serve the needs of people who live in and visit one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants and cultures meet.
The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year following QBG’s
mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability. Our programs operate through semesters inspired by the NYC Public School Calendar.
The Garden seeks Instructors to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. Opportunities may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. Our programming caters to groups and
individuals of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.
- Teach programming to the standards set by QBG
- Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
- Set up and breakdown classrooms.
- Travel to and from Queens area schools
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, science or a related field.
- Two years related experience
- Class management experience in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences
- Experience and sensitivity working with various populations
- Must be able to work with large groups of children
- Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
- Excellent communication and organizational abilities
- Ability to commit to two or more afternoon programs per week.
- Driver’s license, access to a vehicle and/or Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.
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