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Youth Education Coordinator

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill believes diversity in nature promotes a healthy, vigorous garden. We believe that diversity among our staff promotes a healthy work environment and a vigorous organization. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We believe in diversity of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ability, and all the other traits that make us unique. New England is an equal opportunity employer. All NEBG at Tower Hill employees must be fully vaccinated with at least one booster (verification required) or be approved by Tower Hill as exempt for medical or religious reasons.

The Youth Education Coordinator is expected to carry out the responsibilities of the job in ways that support NEBG at TH’s mission and its commitment to creating a diverse and welcoming organization.
• Being welcoming to all staff and the public

• Be respectful of staff differences and preferences

• Use gender neutral communication styles

• Respect everyone’s pronouns

• Attend IDEA workshops and training sessions

• Make efforts to support a diverse work force

• Develop and support a culture within the department that recognizes and supports NEBG at TH’s IDEA initiatives (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility).

Under the direction of the Manager of Youth Education, the Youth Education Coordinator will take a lead role in developing and carrying out onsite educational programs for children and families in the Ramble and the Climate Garden, New England Botanic Garden’s new children’s gardens. The Coordinator is responsible for developing, teaching, and evaluating a variety of mission-related, audience focused learning experiences. This programming includes free drop-in learning experiences and resources, virtual programs and pre-recorded media, traveling programs, birthday parties, and on-site field trips and classes for families and children in grades PreK through 12. As a part of the education team, the Youth Education Coordinator assists in other areas of the department as needed to help New England Botanic Garden achieve its mission of “creating experiences with plants that inspire people and improve the world.” This is a full-time position with benefits.

Responsibilities
• Coordinate and lead educational programs and lessons on gardening, ecology, botany, agriculture, climate change, arboriculture, conservation, and more on and off-site, for children in grades Pre-K to 12.

• Create new dynamic activities, interactives, interpretation, curricula, and other educational tools focused on topics including art, botany, gardening, environmental science, climate change, sustainability and more.

• Assist with the planning and development of new programs, activities, and exhibitions including drop-in, free, and paid programs, summer camps, and school year partnerships.

• Develop and lead new programs in the children’s garden, the Ramble and oversee Nature Play Day drop-in activities.

• Develop and lead new hands-on gardening programs for the new youth Climate Garden including drop-in programs, family classes, and field trip curriculum.

• Assist with the coordination and delivery of traveling programs and youth birthday parties.

• Create and implement an evaluation strategy for new and existing programs and curricula to ensure they meet Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering standards to help improve upon existing programs and activities, and to help secure funding.

• Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Leadership and Interpersonal Relations
• Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.

• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and deal tactfully with community partners, visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff.

• Excellent classroom management skills and demonstrated ability to work with children in grades PreK through 12.

• Ability to work with diverse groups and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

• Ability to work collaboratively with other departments to fulfill grant requirements.

• Ability to work with the Education Outreach Coordinator to leverage existing community partnerships and identify new ones.

• Assist with volunteer and per diem staff trainings, supervision, and management.

• Partner regularly with the Horticulture staff to leverage the use of plant collections for programs.

Schedule

The Youth Education Coordinator is an hourly, full-time position and is non-exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week. This position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work on weekends and occasional evenings as needed. On and off-site work will be required.

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in education, community development, museum studies, botany, horticulture, environmental studies, related field, or equivalent experience and at least two years relevant work experience.

• Two years demonstrated teaching experience in a formal or informal setting.

• Experience working with a variety of young audiences from diverse backgrounds, including school groups, PreK-12 community groups, and families.

• Demonstrated experience and creativity in developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for youth.

• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.

• Experience teaching or background in natural science, gardening, agriculture, botany subjects a plus.

• Knowledge of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards a plus.

• Experience working in the non-profit sector and grant writing experience a plus.

• Comfortable with the Microsoft Office suite, Microsoft Teams and web-based customer/donor relationship
management tools.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions: This job operates primarily in a professional office environment and in classrooms. However, the employee will often work outdoors.
• Must be able to lift 25 pounds and work outdoors in all seasonal extremes.

• Must be able to bend, kneel, stand, and walk for extended periods of time and to navigate uneven grounds and stairs evenly.

• Must have a valid driver’s license, personal vehicle, and be comfortable with local travel.

• Must be able to operate computer and other office communications equipment, including computers, printers, telephones and radios.

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, NEBG at Tower Hill 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.

 

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