Children’s Garden Seasonal Instructors (Summer Trees and Saplings )

Department: Children's Education
Reports to: Children’s Garden Coordinator

Term: June–August 2015

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

Work Schedule: Training: Three days of co-lesson planning and gardening time between June 9 and June 26; exact days will be coordinated in early May. Teaching activities take place on Wednesdays, 8 a.m.–3:00 p.m., July 1–August 19.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is seeking part-time seasonal instructors for the summer Trees & Saplings program in the Children’s Garden. The world-renowned Children’s Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been a leader in providing children and teens with hands-on gardening experience for over 100 years. The Trees & Saplings program provides very young children with an up-close introduction to gardening and nature. Two- and three-year-olds enroll alongside their caregiver to learn how to grow a garden and explore nature through hands-on activities, songs, and stories. Instructors must participate in a training period prior to teaching in the Children’s Garden program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work in a team to design, prepare, and teach seasonal, hands-on gardening lessons to a group of 10 young children and their adult partners.
  • Develop and lead supplementary enrichment activities such as seasonal cooking activities or nature crafts.
  • Ensure that each assigned garden plot is planted out according to plan each week.


  • College-level studies or career experience in education, urban agriculture, nutrition, botany, or environmental or biological sciences
  • At least one year of experience teaching children two to three years old
  • Gardening experience preferred
  • Experience and comfort working with youth and staff from diverse backgrounds

Compensation: $15/hour

How to Apply: Please send a résumé and cover letter indicating the title of the position, along with the names of two references with contact information. To apply for multiple BBG seasonal instructor positions, send a single application, making note of all the positions in which you are interested in your cover letter as well as in the email’s subject line if submitting application via email.

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