Part-Time Community Outreach Assistant & Instructor

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY

Temporary Part-Time Community Outreach Assistant and Instructor

As part of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Community Greening staff, the community outreach assistant and instructor works directly with the community programs manager and community field manager to provide technical assistance to a wide range of community-based groups in Brooklyn, such as community gardens and block associations. This work includes helping to develop, coordinate, and implement both large- and small-scale horticulture-related educational programs both on- and off-site. Brooklynites with a background in community organizing are especially encouraged to apply.

Work Schedule
3 days per week, plus two 5-day weeks in June

Primary Responsibilities
• Maintain and update departmental database, including contact information for program constituents, as well as seasonal data projects, including contest entries for Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest and other community programs.
• Answer general phone and email inquiries to program hotline and email addresses.
• Provide administrative support, including scheduling, invoicing, budget tracking, supply orders, attendance tracking, program evaluation, and reporting.
• Assist with general office management tasks, including mailings, publication distribution, archiving, etc.
• Assist managers with planning and executing annual Making Brooklyn Bloom symposium, including organizing speakers, workshops, and exhibitors; managing lead-up and day-of operations; and coordinating volunteers.
• Assist program manager with planning and execution of annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition, including teaching community block visit workshops throughout the spring; doing data entry; driving and supporting judges; assisting with networking of entrants.
• Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of the Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) program, including tracking volunteer hours and projects; coordinating newsletter; preparing materials for fall instruction; and co-facilitating classes and mentoring a team community project.
• Assist community field manager with BBG Community Greening initiatives, including nursery maintenance; distribution; acquisition of in-kind donations; teaching workshops; and assisting with networking events.
• Attend meetings with partnering organizations and report back to team.
• Assist in writing horticulture tip sheets and articles for newsletter.
• Conduct outreach and tabling at public events.
• Perform other related duties or special projects.

• Valid driver’s license (driving required)
• BA or BS degree in education, horticulture, environmental science, or related field preferred
• Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
• Knowledge of some gardening practices required, and one to two years’ experience in urban horticulture preferred
• Commitment to environmental and social justice
• Excellent writing and teaching skills
• Keen interest and ease in working with the public, along with strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to work alone and as part of a team; self-starter
• Ability to handle basic office organization, including file management, word processing, and database upkeep; knowledge of Word and Excel required and Access preferred
• Ability to work evenings and weekends to teach classes and support programmatic events
• Ability to stand for long periods and lift tools, gardening materials, etc.
• Event and/or conference planning experience strongly preferred
• Teaching experience with adult learners strongly preferred
• Fluency in English and Spanish preferred

To Apply

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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