Children’s Garden Trees and Saplings Summer Seasonal Instructors

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

Term: Wednesdays, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | July 2–August 20, with additional lesson planning and gardening time in June

The Children’s Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is a world-renowned program offering hands-on gardening instruction to urban children. Begun in 1914, the Children’s Garden is the oldest program of its kind within a botanic garden and serves over a thousand children between the ages of 2 and 18 each year. The Trees and Saplings program provides very young children with an up-close introduction to gardening and nature. Two- and three-year-olds enroll alongside their caregivers to learn how to grow plants and explore nature through hands-on, authentic activities, songs, and stories.

Primary Responsibilities:

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

Application Requirements: In addition to résumé and cover letter with details pertinent to the position, please provide two references with contact information.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

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