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)
- 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
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.