Date Posted: December 13, 2017
Department: Children’s Education
Reports to: Director of Learning and Partnerships
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Project Green Reach (PGR) is an exciting, challenging, fast-paced, hands-on science program open to application from Title I schools in Brooklyn. Established in 1989, PGR has served thousands of children from kindergarten through middle school. During the summer, PGR’s gardening and science-based Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator program serves rising 5th through 8th graders.
- Teach lessons in public and nonpublic schools and coordinate tours at BBG.
- Act as effective liaison with principals, teachers, summer student families, supply vendors, bus company, and BBG staff and volunteers.
- Supervise, train, and mentor seasonal instructors, Garden Guide volunteers, and other assigned personnel in specially designed, inquiry-based tours.
- Keep excellent records; order supplies for instruction; coordinate school application process and summer student application process.
- Review and develop lesson plans for environmental and plant science content and inquiry-based methodology; ensure adherence to performance standards in the conduct of lessons.
- Prepare for and conduct teacher workshops and summer family events.
- Train for Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) leader role and co-lead three-day overnight camping trip for summer students.
- Create and teach curriculum for the Junior Botanist and Plant Investigator summer program.
- Help plan and maintain vegetable garden spring through fall.
- Participate in the development and delivery of summer staff training program.
- Share staff responsibilities for plant maintenance in BBG’s education greenhouses.
- Provide other essential tasks as needed.
- BA or BS degree (master’s preferred) in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, or a related field
- Two years’ formal or nonformal teaching experience
- NYC teacher certification preferred
- Excellent writing and speaking skills
- Energetic with creative skills to strengthen program
- Proficiency in a second language a plus
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
- Competence with computer word processing, spreadsheets, internet, etc.
- Valid driver’s license (driving to sites required)
- Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, including a three-day midweek overnight summer camping trip with students (and related YOP training sessions)
- Willingness and ability to work outside in all weather and perform horticultural tasks for garden maintenance (lifting, bending, carrying, digging)
How to Apply:
Email your résumé and cover letter to [email protected]. Make sure the position title is clearly stated in your cover letter as well as in the email’s subject line. No telephone calls for position inquiries, please.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.