Project Green Reach Senior Instructor

Department: Children’s Education
Reports to: Coordinator of Project Green Reach

The senior instructor teaches and assists in the administration of Project Green Reach (PGR), a challenging, hands-on science program for grade K–8 students and teachers in Brooklyn Title I schools. During the summer months, the senior instructor performs garden maintenance, program planning, and instruction of Junior Botanists and Plant Investigators, an intensive summer science experience at BBG for PGR alumni in grades 4–7.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach basic botany, science, and horticulture in grade K–8 Title I schools in Brooklyn and guide tours for students at BBG.
  • Communicate effectively with teachers, summer student parents, BBG Staff, and Garden Guide volunteers.
  • Develop, organize, and conduct teacher workshops.
  • Develop and evaluate appropriate curricula and format lesson plans.
  • Update website as needed.
  • Participate in training volunteer Garden Guides and seasonal staff to lead PGR tours at BBG; coordinate tour schedule and support Guides and seasonal staff during tours.
  • Participate in development and delivery of three-week training program for all BBG summer instructors.
  • Plan and teach full-day activities, including hands-on gardening lessons, and supervise students and summer seasonal instructors during the Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator summer program.
  • Assist with vegetable garden planning and maintenance spring through fall.
  • Keep accurate records for program enrollment and documentation.
  • Take inventories and manage supplies.
  • Share staff responsibilities for plant maintenance in BBG’s education greenhouse.
  • Provide other essential tasks as needed.
  • Collaborate with other education staff on curriculum development and special projects.
  • Assist PGR coordinator in supervision of seasonal instructors.
  • Performs other related duties or special projects as directed.

Qualifications:

  • BA or BS degree in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, or a related field
  • One year of formal teaching experience or equivalent
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills; proficiency in a second language a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working with students, parents, teachers, BBG staff, and volunteers
  • Competence with computer word processing, spreadsheets, internet, etc.
  • Valid driver’s license (driving to sites is required)
  • Ability to obtain security clearance by the NYC DOE for working with children
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, including a three-day midweek overnight summer camping trip with students
  • Willingness and ability to work outside in all weather and to perform horticultural tasks for garden maintenance (lifting, bending, carrying, digging)
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