Children’s Garden Seasonal Assistant Coordinator

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

Term: Mid-February through mid-November

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s world-renowned Children’s Garden is seeking a seasonal assistant coordinator to help with the implementation of gardening programs for children ages 2 to 13 years old. The assistant coordinator helps develop garden-based curriculum for children and teens, supervises seasonal instructors and teen apprentices, and supports horticultural upkeep of the Children’s Garden. The assistant also co-leads a young child–caregiver gardening program two mornings per week in the spring and fall and teaches an after-school gardening program to teens from a local high school.

Work Schedule: Tuesday–Saturday (35 hours/week in spring and fall, 40 hours/week in summer)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support seasonal instructors in lesson plan development, behavior management, and mentoring of teen apprentices in BBG’s Garden Apprentice Program.
  • Participate in development and delivery of three-week training program for all BBG summer instructors, in addition to one-week summer training program for Tier 1 apprentices in the Garden Apprentice Program.
  • Direct teaching as a Trees and Saplings instructor for two- and three-year-olds with a caregiver on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in spring and fall and serve as a substitute instructor as needed.
  • Provide horticultural support for the children’s vegetable plots as well as ornamental and display beds within the one-acre garden.
  • Communicate with participants’ families/caregivers.
  • Manage program supplies and plants.
  • Help with annual events related to the Children’s Garden and the opening of the new Discovery Garden at BBG this summer.
  • Develop and teach after-school gardening program on Tuesdays in spring and fall to teenagers from BASE High School.


  • BA or BS degree in education, environmental education, museum studies, agriculture, botany, biology, or related field
  • Significant direct experience teaching children and gardening
  • Strong interpersonal skills and keen interest and ease communicating with children, teens, and adults
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Willingness to work a three-day overnight summer camping trip with students from Garden Apprentice Program, July 17–19, 2015
  • Experience and comfort working with youth and staff from diverse backgrounds

Compensation: $18/hour

Application Deadline: February 26, 2015

Application Requirements: 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 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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