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 Part-Time Instructors to fulfill opportunities to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. These opportunities are conducted both at the Queens Botanical Garden and at locations throughout the community. Opportunities may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. Our programing caters to groups of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.
Instructors are responsible for all aspects of the programs they are scheduled for. These responsibilities include:
- Preparing and maintaining all materials
- Breaking down and cleaning up after classes
- Setting up for upcoming programs
Scheduling for instructors is subject to semester needs and instructor availability and is not guaranteed. Our programs offer structured scheduling during QBG’s Fall and Spring semesters with flexible scheduling in between those semesters in Winter and Summer.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, science or a related field. Master’s a plus
- Two years related experience
- Must have knowledge 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 and adults in an outdoor setting
- Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
- Excellent communication and organizational abilities
- Flexible availability, including weekends and evenings, and ability to commit to 2 or more shifts per week depending on the season.
We seek candidates with strengths in one or more of various specialties including the following:
- Green infrastructure and sustainable landscaping knowledge
- Science practices, including general science content and controlled experiments
- Gardening knowledge
- Awareness of local environmental issues.
Driver’s license, a plus. Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.
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