GAP Tier 3 Seasonal Instructors

Department: Education
Reports to: Garden Apprentice Program Coordinator

Term:Training: Tuesday–Friday, June 9–26 | 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Program: Tuesday–Friday, June 30–August 14 | 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG’s) Children’s Education programs are world renowned for teaching hands-on gardening and plant science to children and teens. The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) is a youth development program for teens in grades 8–12 who are interested in plants, science, and environmental education. All summer instructors must participate in an intensive three-week orientation and lesson-plan development program in June prior to teaching apprentices.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the implementation of the GAP summer program.
  • Develop and teach a two-week training for a group of 12 to 15 teens on topics such as research and presentation skills, public speaking, horticulture, science, and leadership development.
  • Supervise and mentor apprentices as they research, develop, and test their summer-long, botanical-themed interpretation projects for visitors.
  • Assist with horticulture and cooking sessions with teens in the Children’s Garden.
  • Develop weekly lessons on current environmental issues, team-building exercises, and enrichment activities.


  • Minimum completion of college classes and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to hands-on education, youth development principles, urban agriculture, plants, and the environment
  • Experience teaching teens
  • Experience and comfort working with youth and staff from diverse backgrounds

Compensation: $12.50 per hour

Application Deadline: March 4, 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 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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