Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Our core values are Learning, Stewardship, Sustainability, Inclusivity, Joy and Excellence. Our vision is to build on Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s unique vantage point atop Tower Hill in Central New England. We will grow our gardens and programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those who know us. Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants that can make a difference beyond our boundaries. We will work with others to develop and disseminate plant-based solutions to societal issues. Finally, we will lead some of those efforts to build a better world with plants and people.
Under the direction of the Manager of Youth Education, and working as part of the Education and Audience Engagement team, the Youth Education Instructor will develop and teach a variety of mission-related, audience-focused programs for families and children in grades PreK-12 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. These programs include school field trips, community group visits, regular drop-in activities, free and for-fee classes, and other informal educational opportunities during Tower Hill exhibitions and events such as Hello Spring, April Vacation Week, Daffodil Day, Pollinator Palooza, and October Oddities.
Typical duties include:
- Developing and teaching seasonal, inquiry-based lesson plans and activities focused on plants, botany, gardening, ecology, etc. for PreK-12 school and community groups.
- Developing and teaching scout programs that meet badge requirements.
- Developing and leading youth activities at Tower Hill special events.
- Leading guided nature hikes for youth and their families focused on gardening, botany, and local plant ecology.
- Assisting with the development of dynamic activities, interactives, interpretation, and other educational tools.
- Assisting with the implementation and evaluation of existing field trip curriculum.
- Setting up and breaking down programs.
- Assisting with program and activity research.
- Engaging with the public and encouraging interaction between visitors and collections.
- Performing additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Youth Education Instructor is an hourly term position and non-exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is 32.5 hours per week for 30 weeks, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am-4pm. The position will begin in mid-April or early-May.
Skills and Experience:
The ideal candidate will:
- Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in education, museum studies, botany, horticulture or related field, and at least 2 years of related experience.
- Have professional experience teaching in a public/private school or educational non-profit institution and knowledge of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards.
- Be able to build rapport quickly with visitors and present content in a manner that is relevant, compelling, and authentic.
- Have experience in the field of horticulture/botany, biology, gardening, natural science, or a similar subject.
- Have experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.
- Have experience working with a variety of young audiences, including school groups, PreK-12 community groups, and families.
- Have strong organizational, time management, oral, and written skills.
- Be flexible, willing to adapt to change, and interested in helping envision change.
- Have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal tactfully with visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff.
- Have experience in the non-profit sector.
In addition, the position requires:
- A state criminal background check and valid driver’s license.
- The ability to stand, and walk for up to 6 hours/day. Must be comfortable working actively outdoors for majority of the day in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
- A flexible schedule and the ability to work regular weekends and some evenings, as needed.
- Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office suite, Google Docs, and web management systems.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, Tower Hill Botanic Garden aims to create an inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and serve our visitors as well as the communities of Worcester County, Massachusetts and New England.