Job Listing: PT Educator

Job Postings,

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond, VA

Closes - open until filled; anticipated start date is Aug. 12, 2024

Position Title - PT Educator

Compensation - $16/hour 

Job Type - Part-Time: 8am to 1pm weekdays, weekend availability required ; non-exempt

Apply - To apply, please send cover letter and resume to hr@lewisginter.org

Summary - Part-Time Educators are a vital part of the Youth and Family Engagement (YFE) team. Educators facilitate outdoor educational programming for Pre-K to 12th grade 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 8:00am – 1:00pm during weekdays, with one weekend day required. We value and understand peer-reviewed research demonstrating youth learn most when they see themselves represented in their teachers. We have a strong desire for our Youth and Family Engagement Team to represent the diverse community we serve. We encourage members of the BIPOC community to apply. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Facilitates nature-based learning programming for Pre-K to 12th grade school groups, families, and scouts.
  • Responsible for daily operations of the Children’s Garden on weekends, including opening, set- up, and clean-up for the Children’s Garden, the Waterway and programs.
  • Maintains physical spaces within the Children’s Garden:
    • Ensures tidiness of activity spaces.
    • Performs basic horticultural tasks (watering, weeding, planting, harvesting).
    • Participates in staff workdays to support larger projects.
  • Assists YFE staff with additional programming, which may include:
    • Support for summer camp classes.
    • Support for school group arrivals.
    • Occasional teaching/support of offsite programs at partner organizations in the Richmond community. 

Additional Duties

  • 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.
  • CPR and First Aid certification a plus.