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Queens Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Instructor

QBG’s Gardening Programs for Kids bring together youngsters ages 2 to 14 from
around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening
experiences year-round. Our young gardeners explore concepts of ecological
balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil,
select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables,
flowers, and herbs that they turn into nutritious and delicious snacks in the
classroom. We explore these concepts at age-appropriate levels within each of
the three programs offered. We strive to create an immersive experience in all
its programs- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to
provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity.

Children’s Garden Instructors are responsible for all aspects of the program
including preparing materials, teaching the various thematic workshops,
oversight of general safety of children, and breaking each day.

Primary Responsibilities include:
• Working with children and facilitating lessons during programming
• Creating thematic activities and leading children on exploration
throughout QBG’s 39- acres
• Overseeing overall safety and discipline of a group of children
• Assisting with creation and implementation of environmental and
nature-based education curriculum as needed
• Supervising, mentoring, and teaching high school-level and above
interns
• Planting, preparation, and maintenance of the Children’s Garden

Ideal candidates will:
• Have ample experience working with and teaching children
• Be a minimum of sophomore in college, pursuing studies in education,
botany, environmental studies or related field or has studied one of these
fields
• Have experience supervising, teaching, and motivating interns and
volunteers
• Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening
• Be able to work some evenings, and weekends, as mentioned below
• Be an enthusiastic and energetic leader in a fast-paced environment
• Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
• Have excellent communication and organizational abilities

Dates and Times (ideally, candidates will be available for all of the
following, but we are flexible)
• Spring program: Ten Saturdays from April through June
• Summer training (required for Summer Program): June 26-30th
• Summer program: 32 hours per week for 7 weeks (July-August)
• Fall: Five Saturdays dates in September and October
To apply you must put “Children’s Garden Instructor” in the subject line and
send cover letter and résumé to sross@queensbotanical.org.

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