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Adult Education Manager
Category: Education

Naples Botanical Garden
Naples, Florida

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014

Adult Education Manager

Naples Botanical Garden


Department:  Education Department

Reports to:  Director of Education


Organizational Description

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class paradise, featuring the flora and cultures of the tropics and sub-tropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees north and 26 degrees south, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Florida.  The Garden’s mission is to connect people and plants through display, education, conservation, and science.  The Garden’s hands-on interactive Smith Children’s Garden, along with 90 acres of beautifully restored native habitats, formal Gardens, walking trails and public programming offer education and enjoyment for people of all ages.  Naples Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 organization.


Position Summary

Naples Botanical Garden is seeking a dynamic, organized, and motivated Adult Education Manager to oversee adult education and interpretation opportunities at the Garden with a goal of furthering the Garden’s mission of connecting people with plants.  This position requires a strong background in education and public horticulture with a demonstrated passion for plants.  The successful candidate will coordinate all activities related to adult education programs at the Garden, including continuing education programs, public programs, docent training, garden interpretation, internships, and community partnerships.  The Manager is also responsible for collaborating with staff to develop budgets, program goals, and strategic objectives and formally evaluate programming.  The position is a full-time exempt position in a leadership role in the Garden’s Education Department. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all activities related to formal and informal adult education including but not limited to adult continuing education classes, interpretation, internships, public programming, and community partnerships
  • Develop educational programs that meet the Garden’s mission, including but not limited to assessing needs, budgeting, and developing program goals.  Track, evaluate, and report progress towards program goals, including final reporting.   Experience in grant writing and reporting is a plus.
  • Coordinate adult education classes and workshops, including identification of program needs, recruiting new instructors, budgeting, planning, scheduling, and program evaluation and reporting
  • Develop and deliver interpretational materials to volunteer docents and staff, including training manuals, lectures, tours, and enrichment programs
  • Assist in development of signage and interpretation of Gardens and special exhibits, to ensure the best visitor experience throughout the Garden.  A strong background in interpretation is a plus. 
  • Collaborate with staff and students from Florida Gulf Coast University to further educational  and research partnership opportunities
  • Facilitate partnerships that further the Garden’s mission of connecting people and plants
  • Recruit, supervise and evaluate educational interns, student fellows, and program employees
  • Plan and schedule annual symposia in collaboration with Garden staff
  • Assist in the development and management of a Garden Speaker’s Bureau
  • Assist in the development and evaluation of progress towards of departmental strategic goals, budgeting and monthly reporting


Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, environmental science or related field
  • Three to five years of progressive leadership and managerial experience in public gardens or related field
  • Experience developing and managing adult education programs in a public garden, arboretum or similar non-profit institution is preferred
  • Classroom teaching or equivalent experience is a plus with demonstrated ability to create and implement engaging curriculum
  • Superior written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a sincere desire to meet the Garden’s mission.
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude in working with people and programs in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to be flexible within a changing environment of programming and scope of responsibilities
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team as well as work independently to see projects through to completion
  • This position requires the flexibility to work in an office and an active outdoor environment
  • Proficiency with technology and social media, mobile devices and other relevant media


Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in Garden-wide events, exhibitions and projects as required or needed
  • Will include some evening or weekend hours, depending on the needs of the organization or program
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required


To Apply

Please provide a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by email to  To find out more about Naples Botanical Garden, please visit our website at  Naples Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Naples Botanical Garden has a long-standing policy of employment and advancement based solely upon qualifications to perform the essential elements of a position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), or disability.


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