Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) Senior Instructor

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is seeking a Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) senior instructor to work with the GAP coordinator to plan and implement all aspects of the GAP program—a four-tiered internship program for youth entering grades 8 through 12. The spring and fall schedule is Sunday–Thursday; summer and winter schedule is Monday–Friday.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the GAP coordinator to recruit, select, train, and supervise youth in all tiers of GAP.
  • Develop and lead lessons for youth on botany, environmental science, horticulture, job-readiness skills, and college preparation.
  • Develop and lead spring and fall intern placements, such as science research, greenhouse maintenance or horticulture.
  • Coordinate interns working at Discovery Carts or other placements in the fall and spring.
  • Lead the summer program for interns, including teaching a science research series and hands-on horticulture sessions, and mentoring seasonal staff.
  • Perform record keeping and administrative tasks such as web-based communications, compiling data for reports, and maintaining the intern database.
  • Support planning and implementation of GAP events for interns and their families, and horticulture lessons for interns.
  • Provide horticultural and educational support throughout the department as needed.
  • Provide other essential tasks as needed.


  • BA or BS in adolescent education, botany, agriculture, environmental or biological sciences, or comparable education and experience
  • Minimum two years’ relevant work experience
  • Significant experience working with youth in grades 8–12
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, both orally and in writing
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Innovative, creative, and a self-starter
  • Willingness to work outdoors
  • Willingness to work extended weeknight and weekend hours as needed
  • Valid driver’s license preferred; willingness to drive BBG vehicles
  • Ability to obtain security clearance for working with children
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