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Part-Time Instructor
Category: Education


Queens Botanical Garden
Flushing, NY

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

 

Part-Time Instructor

 

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.

 

The 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. The Garden serves nearly 200,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of 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.

 

The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year expressing QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability.

 

Part Time Instructors are sought for opportunities to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours both on the Garden grounds and off-site. The Instructor will be responsible for all aspects of the program—from preparing materials to teaching the class to breaking down after the class.

 

Examples of opportunities are as follows:

  • On-site environmental workshops & tours for various groups
  • Off-site programs in schools or at other community facilities
  • On-site green building and landscape tours
  • Off-site programs for children, families, clubs, etc. at neighborhood festivals, street fairs, holiday events, etc.
  • On-site weekend programs and workshops
  • Special events such as Arbor Fest and Harvest Fest
  • Teacher training classes
  • Gardening classes

 

Requirements:

  • Two years related experience
  • Must have knowledge of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences
  • Experience and sensitivity working with varied populations
  • Must be able to work with large groups of children and adults in an outdoor setting
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Flexible hours, including weekend availability

 

We seek candidates with strengths in various specialties including the following:

  • Green infrastructure and landscape knowledge
  • Gardening knowledge
  • Awareness of local environmental issues
  • Driver’s license, a plus. Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus

 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

 

hr@queensbotanical.org

or

Human Resources, 43-50 Main Street Flushing, NY 11355

 

No calls please.

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