Instructor (PT, Seasonal)

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Start Date: 11/22/2021  Compensation: $18/hr

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.

The Education Department at 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. The Garden seeks Instructors to fulfill our after-school program teaching needs in the coming season. Selected candidates will be assigned to conduct two to three half days classes either virtually or in person throughout the Queens community. Additional morning work may also be available.


  • Teach programming to the standards set by QBG
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
  • Set up and breakdown programming spaces, including virtual
  • Possible 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. Experience teaching in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences a plus
  • Experience and sensitivity working with diverse populations
  • Must be able to work with groups of children both large and small
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more half days of programming per week

Driver’s license, access to a vehicle and/or Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.

Additional Information

Upon conclusion of the Garden’s school programming season, Instructors may be asked to continue their service at QBG as a long-term part-time Instructor. Opportunities available to Instructors may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. These programs cater to groups of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.

This is a part-time seasonal position. Compensation starting at $18/hour and is commensurate with experience.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, predisposing genetic characteristic, immigration status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources via email at

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Eryn Hatzithomas
Website: Apply Online