Job Listing: Part-Time Educator

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Part-Time Educator

Salary -$15/hr

Job Type - Part-Time non-exempt

Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume to Human Resources at

Job Description

Part-Time Educators are a vital part of the Youth and Family Engagement team. Educators facilitate educational programming for PK – 12 students, lead weekend and weekday drop-in programming for families, and provide support in horticultural tasks within the Children’s Garden. The typical work schedule for this position is Sunday – Wednesday, 8:00am – 2:00pm, but may shift slightly in the winter.


· As part of the YFE teaching team, facilitates nature-based learning programming for preK-12 school groups.· Performs            opening procedures in the    Children’s Garden as scheduled.

· Responsible for daily operations of the Children’s Garden on weekends.

· Responsible for set up, facilitation, and cleanup of weekend programming, which may include:

o Drop-in activities for families.

o Birthday parties.

o Scout programs.

· Works with YFE staff to develop and implement drop-in programming for families.

· Maintains physical spaces within the Children’s Garden:

o Ensures tidiness of activity spaces.

o Performs basic horticultural tasks (watering, weeding, planting, harvesting).

o Participates in staff workdays to support larger projects.

· Assists YFE staff with additional programming, which may include:

o Support for summer camp classes.

o Support for school group arrivals.

o Occasional teaching/support of offsite programs at partner organizations in the Richmond community.

Additional Duties

· In the event of a lighter workload in YFE, this position may be cross-trained to support other, similar types of work                    throughout the Garden to ensure hours are met (such as supporting GardenFest of Lights or Guest Services staff).

· Actively participates in staff training and department meetings.

· Completes American Red Cross First Aid and CPR training.

· Occasional 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 and 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.

· Basic gardening knowledge a plus.

· Proficiency in conversational Spanish a plus.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

· Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of    their individual job descriptions.

· Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural                      individuals, families in accordance with directed practices and procedures.

· Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their        property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.

· Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.

· Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

· Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

· Must have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

· Ability to carry up to 30 lbs.

· Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

· Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public in a safe and friendly manner.

· The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property.

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

Education and Experience

· High school diploma.

· 2 years college, vocational training, or other work experience.

· Demonstrated experience with the design and delivery of innovative, creative, high quality, and developmentally                      appropriate programs for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

· Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting a plus.