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Job Listing: Educator

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Educator

Job Type - Full-Time

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Job Description

The Educator aids in the fulfillment of the Garden’s mission by assisting in the development, administration and implementation of a dynamic array of programs designed specifically for youth and accompanying adults (teachers, parents, care providers) of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. They will present nature-based programs infused with a sense of discovery and joy, provide administrative assistance for program registration, and contribute to the upkeep of the Children’s Garden, including horticultural projects.

Responsibilities

  • Aids in the development, implementation, and facilitation of all programs, including Pre-K-12 school groups; summer camps; after school; professional development for educators; scouts; family drop-in; and birthday parties
    • Tracks evaluations of all group programs for grant reporting
  • Supports community engagement efforts, including building partnerships to reach broad audiences
  • Assists with summer camp logistics
    • Processes registration through ActiveNet; communicates with guardians/caregivers
    • Schedules volunteers and provides training
    • Purchases supplies
  • Participates in the daily operations of the Children’s Garden
    • Assists with horticultural projects, including mulching, watering, weeding, and planting
    • Assists with daily tasks such as tidying loose parts, wiping down picnic tables, and sweeping pathways
    • Serves as manager on duty for the Children’s Garden, as scheduled
  • Provides support for and participates in garden-wide events and exhibitions
    • Aids in the development and creation of displays and programs for special events and changing exhibits

Additional Duties

  • Actively participates in staff training and department meetings
  • Completes American Red Cross First Aid and CPR training
  • Occasional weekend, evening and holiday hours

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices
  • Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities
  • Works well independently as well as thrives in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented
  • Energetic and personable; an innovative, creative thinker
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation
  • Excellent organizational skills; self-motivated with the ability to manage goals and productivity
  • Beginner to intermediate experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency with databases and social media platforms
  • Ability to pass rigorous background checks

Education and Experience

  • Preferred:
    • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, related fields or content knowledge in the natural sciences
    • Prior experience in botanical garden/museum setting
  • Required: Demonstrated experience with the design and delivery of innovative, creative, high quality, and developmentally appropriate programs for all ages, backgrounds and abilities

To apply, visit lewisginter.org to view the full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to hr@lewisginter.org