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Mission

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. In FY20, the Garden served 164,546 visitors, including 14,378 schoolchildren. A recently completed visitor survey reveals that 45% of visitors speak a language other than English at home. This fact underscores the importance of the mission and the challenges and opportunities QBG faces daily in creating programs, exhibits, and landscapes that serve the needs of people who live in and visit one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever-changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants, and cultures meet.  

About the Program

Queens Botanical Garden’s HSBC Children’s Garden enables children ages 4 - 12 the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an outdoor learning environment. The children explore various gardening methods and discover their surrounding environment through hands-on activities about birds, insects, trees, solar energy, water conservation, and composting. These positions offer a unique opportunity for individuals interested in horticulture, education, environmental sustainability, and/or non-profit organizations.

Job Description

QBG seeks a dedicated and experienced instructor to assist, develop, and engage audiences in our *Summer Children’s Garden program and help ensure its successful implementation. This position assists with all aspects of programming, including, but not limited to, setup and breakdown of each day’s materials; co-facilitating program activities; attending and contributing to team meetings; supervising high school and other interns, and regular updates/check-ins with the program coordinator.

Lessons include activities such as vegetable gardening/maintenance, hands-on arts and crafts, and other nature-based activities. Candidates must be committed to being present and punctual on all workdays.


*This part-time role has the opportunity to continue and extend beyond the Summer training and program dates listed below. Additional responsibilities include working within the Education department and supporting public programs, group programs, and other sessions of children’s garden. 


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience teaching early childhood or elementary-age programs, with an emphasis on environmental education

• Class management experience

• Enthusiastic and energetic attitude

• Be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire

• Knowledgeable or interested in basic small-scale vegetable gardening

• Ability to work both alone and in groups

• Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood education, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent work experience

• Working knowledge of Google Suite & Zoom (Zoom lessons are the rainy day backup as we are not currently using indoor spaces)

• Self-motivated, prompt, patient with children, and flexible team member 


Dates and Times

Instructors must attend training before the program begins and be available for the entire program length (listed below) to be considered.

Summer Training Days | 8 am – 2 pm each day in late June leading up to the start of the program. All training days will be held onsite at Queens Botanical Garden. 

Summer Children’s Garden begins Tuesday, June 29th & ends Friday, August 20th, 2021. Each session meets Tuesday through Friday from 9 am – 12 pm.

Session I: The Garden Lab, June 29th – July 9th

Session II: Urban Critters, July 13th – July 23rd

Session III: The Kitchen & Beyond, July 27th – August 6th

Session IV: Art in the Garden, August 10th – August 20th

Mission

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Queens Botanical Garden…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    June 29, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 25, 2021
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement

Location

On-site
43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355, USA

How to Apply

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal at

https://qbgarden.org/recruit/instructor/idealist

 No Phone Calls Please.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal at

https://qbgarden.org/recruit/instructor/idealist

 No Phone Calls Please.

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