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Category: Education

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Columbus, OH

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013



Job Summary:  The Horticulture Educator engages, inspires, educates and entertains the visitors of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens while utilizing educational standards and promoting organizational objectives. The Horticulture Educator assists and collaborates with the Education Manager and all members of the Conservatory’s team with the thoughtful development and implementation of programs and serves as an active member of the Education Team. 



Under the direction of the Education Manager:

  • Deliver educational programming in all venues; school tours, school outreach, summer camps, exhibitions, and special educational events, as assigned.
  • Create, implement and monitor an integrated academic education curriculum for pre-k through 12th grades and adults; participates in training of teaching and volunteer staff in curriculum implementation.
  • Create, implement and monitor teacher education and professional development programs that are aligned with the Conservatory’s curriculum and special exhibitions.
  • Manages education grants and deliverables, as assigned. Prepare written reports with outcome and evaluation measures included.
  • Participates as an active member of the team for overall programming and helps to envision future educational programming and projects as they relate to overall Conservatory growth. Emphasis is on horticulture education.
  • Along with all Education Team members: prepare, copy, collate, distribute and retrieve teaching and other support materials.
  • Assists schools and other groups in scheduling and registering for tours, classes and other activities.



  • An undergraduate degree in horticulture, botany, plant science, natural science, environment, biology or similar or at least 5 years experience in teaching groups (senior-level undergraduate students also will be considered)
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (weekends and holiday scheduling sometimes required)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to deliver educational lectures that follow departmental goals and benchmarks
  • Knowledge of the techniques of informal learning and a keen interest in sharing knowledge with visitors
  • Advanced skills in interpersonal communication and public speaking
  • Possess an enthusiastic and dynamic personality that engages groups of visitors
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and remain on an exact schedule of events
  • Ability to walk up to 5 miles/day, and lift up to 40 pounds
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


Additional Information: This is a full time, hourly position in the Education department.  Please apply by sending resume and cover letter to



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