Part-Time Adult Education Instructor (Botany/Ecology)

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Start Date: September 2022

The New York Botanical Garden’s Adult Education Department seeks knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructors to teach in the largest, most diverse education program of any botanical garden in the world. We offer more than 700 classes, workshops, and lectures each year in our facilities at the Garden and our Midtown Education Center, as well as online.

We are currently seeking instructors for our Botany and Urban Naturalist Certificate Programs to start in September 2022. Topics covered across these disciplines include plant diversity, plant structure, forest ecology, ethnobotany, urban ecology, plant identification, and the many creatures who live ecosystems of New York City. We encourage you to peruse our offerings at and suggest ideas for new classes!

We are specifically looking for instructors who are qualified to teach the following courses:

  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Basic Plant ID
  • Herbal Medicine
  • The Science of Tree Communication
  • Plant Diversity
  • Plant Physiology


  • Develop and/or modify existing curriculum in coordination with NYBG staff
  • Teach 1-2 courses (in-person and online) per semester or more, as needed
  • Identify any necessary materials and work with NYBG administration to procure them
  • Design appropriate assessments to evaluate student learning when appropriate
  • Maintain clear communication with NYBG administration & students
  • Use an online portal to take attendance and enter grades


  • 2-3 years of professional experience or advanced educational degrees in the content area is required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required
  • Teaching experience is preferred
  • Comfort with basic classroom technology is preferred

Additional Information

Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter specifying what they feel most qualified to teach to

Contact Information

New York Botanical Garden