Introduction to Plant Science Instructor

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Start Date: fall

NYBG’s Adult Education Department seeks a knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructor to teach Introduction to Plant Science, the basic botany course that is a certificate requirement in many of our programs, including Horticulture, Gardening, and Horticultural Therapy.

This course is a user-friendly introduction to plant science and includes a survey of the major groups of plants – flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes – focusing on form and structure. Students become botanically literate, able to explain basic concepts including the form and function of roots, shoots, stems, and leaves, how a plant cell is structured, & the various ways plants reproduce, grow and develop.


  • ​Develop and modify curriculum for the 16-hour Introduction to Plant Science course based on the current curriculum in coordination with NYBG’s Horticulture Program Coordinator.
  • Teach the 16-hour course 1-2 times per semester.
  • Maintain strong communication with NYBG administration & students.
  • Master the use of Zoom in order to teach online.
  • Use an online portal to take attendance and enter grades


  • 2-3 years of experience in a plant-related job or education program is required
  • A strong understanding of botany is required.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Strong customer service experience are required.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.
  • Comfort with basic classroom technology is preferred.

Additional Information

​We are particularly looking for someone to teach evenings or weekends in our Midtown Education Center, located near Grand Central Terminal.

Contact Information

New York Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Lisa Whitmer