Part-Time Adult Education Instructor (Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape Design)

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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 who can teach one or more of the following courses for our Gardening, Horticulture, and Landscape Design Certificate Programs, beginning September 2022:

  • Fundamentals of Gardening
  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Soil Science for Gardeners
  • Botanical Latin
  • Disease ID and Management
  • Insect ID and Management
  • Indoor Tropicals
  • Houseplant Design Workshop
  • Horticultural Techniques: Greenhouse Practices
  • Graphics I: Hand Rendering
  • Graphics II: DynaScape
  • Building a Green Wall
  • City Roof Design
  • Design Your Townhouse or Terrace Garden


  • Develop and/or modify existing curriculum in coordination with NYBG’s Program Coordinators, Program Manager, and Director of Adult Education
  • 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


  • 3-5 years of professional experience in the area of expertise is required
  • A strong understanding of 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