Governor's Island Teaching Garden Educator

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




100 Gold Street
Suite 3300
New York
United States


Background: The Governors Island Teaching Garden is a 21,000-square foot urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate New York City public school students and the public in all aspects of urban farming, environmental sustainability, green infrastructure, and healthy eating. Through developmentally appropriate, experiential and educational programming, students and the public participate in activities such as planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, and cooking.

Position Description: GrowNYC is seeking two enthusiastic individuals with experience in garden-based education to join the Teaching Garden team within GrowNYC’s Greening Program. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Garden Educators will be responsible for assisting with the delivery of the Teaching Garden’s week day school programing, weekend public programming, and the curricula and materials that support these. Applicants should have experience in urban agriculture and sustainability, environmental education, and be comfortable working outdoors in all conditions and with people of all ages and abilities. The successful candidate will be a capable self-starter, willing and excited to grow existing initiatives, develop new ideas, and expand the Teaching Garden’s offerings.


PRIMARY DUTIES (70% of time):

  1. Lead regular hands-on garden-based lessons for visiting K-12 NYC public school students, campers, and senior citizens.
  2. Coordinate daily site prep each morning and site clean-up/breakdown each afternoon
  3. Document field trip outcomes and impacts through teacher and student evaluations, surveys, and tracking
  4. Develop and implement creative grade-level lesson plans, activities, and recipes for school field trips.
  5. Assist with management and training of individual garden volunteers, and co-lead weekly corporate volunteer events in the Teaching Garden, (activities include bed building, watering, weeding, and painting).
  6. Interact with the public during the garden’s weekend open hours by encouraging participation in garden-based activities and providing information about the garden and GrowNYC.

SECONDARY DUTIES (30% of time):

  1. With the guidance of the Farm Coordinator, participate in all aspects of intensive organic vegetable production: planning, planting, harvesting, record-keeping, pest/weed control, irrigation, and compost management.
  2. Management of the weekend farm stand, including harvest, set-up, break-down, and handling cash.
  3. Assist with public outreach through weekly social media updates
  4. Meet regularly with Greening Program Director and staff
  5. Partner with other GrowNYC educational initiatives on programming and outreach


Additional Qualifications:

●       Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban sustainability

●       Experience with and desire to work with diverse groups of NYC students

●       Willingness to be in outdoor settings in hot/cold/rainy weather

●       Ability to work weekends (May – October)

●       Ability to commit for the duration of the 2018 season (April-November) required

●       Basic gardening and carpentry skills a plus

●       Ability to stand and walk for extended periods, and carry bulky and heavy items

●       Valid New York State Driver’s License preferred

Position Details: The Garden Educator is a full-time seasonal position. The two Garden Educator positions have slightly different schedules:

Garden Educator #1: Monday to Friday in April; Sunday to Thursday from May through early November.

Garden Educator #2: Monday to Friday in April; Tuesday to Saturday from May through early November.

Candidates must commit to the full 2018 Season (April-November). Compensation is $16/hr and includes only statutory benefits.

Please email resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Combine all submissions into one PDF and write “Garden Educator” in the subject line. Please indicate a preference between Garden Educator #1 and #2. No phone calls please.

GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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