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Garden Educator

JOB TYPE: Temporary (May 1 - Aug 25), 40 hours/week, non-exempt 

DATE POSTED: 1/25

SUPERVISOR: Director of Education 

OVERVIEW: Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 25 acres of cultivated land in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education, and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment. 

Berkshire Botanical Garden is seeking a highly motivated educator to join its education staff from late April through mid-August. The Education Specialist is responsible for developing the youth education curriculum and teaching the education program in subject areas related to gardening, environmental science, and agriculture. They will work primarily with children ages preschool to middle school. They will work closely with all members of the Education team teaching on and off-site youth education programs, assisting with camp and providing occasional support to adult programming. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • As a member of the BBG education staff, actively promote and support the mission of BBG, its members, visitors, and collaborators. 
  • Teach and develop curriculum for the Farm and Garden after-school program to be delivered off-site at area schools and libraries
  • Teach and develop curriculum for the Farm in the Garden Winter, Spring, and Summer Camp
  • Identify and meet all student needs to the best of your ability, and serve as a role model for the students and your peers 
  • Maintain a good relationship with other teachers, organizations, and school administrators
  • Work in collaboration with the Education Coordinator and Camp Director to plan and care for the Children’s discovery and production Garden
  • Assist with BBG special events including Harvest Festival, Plant Sale, Holiday Marketplace, Grow Show, and garden tours. 
  • Other duties as assigned by your supervisors. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • At least 2 years previous experience working with children is required
  • Previous experience in outdoor or experiential education is highly desired
  • A proven ability to plan programs and conduct activities. 
  • A willingness to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
  • Experience with gardening, farming, and cooking are preferred
  • Must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day. 
  • Must have an abundance of patience as well as a good sense of humor and a strong work ethic
  • Must be able to successfully pass a CORI and SORI background check
  • Must be physically able to work outside all day and lift and move up to 50 lbs
  • Must have reliable transportation, a clean driving record, and have had a driver’s license for a minimum of three consecutive years

BENEFITS & SALARY 

  • Work on a devoted team of educators who share a passion for environmental education and a love of plants
  • Free enrollment in BBG adult community classes and workshops, plus other opportunities for professional development
  • A benefits package including paid time off, sick leave, and health insurance
  • Salary of $18-$20/hour, non-exempt, depending on experience

TO APPLY Please submit a cover letter and resume to Bridgette Stone, Director of Education, at bstone@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Berkshire Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Summer Educator at Farm in the Garden Camp

JOB TITLE: Farm Camp Educator

JOB TYPE: Seasonal/Summer

DATE POSTED: January 2023

OVERVIEW: Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) is seeking Educators for Farm in the Garden Camp, a summer day camp for children ages 4-12 held on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in historic Stockbridge, MA. Campers at Farm in the Garden Camp care for farm animals, harvest food they grow, and participate in various activities. The camp is small by design and runs for eight weeks, following a week-long staff training. Farm Camp Educators support and are supported by the Assistant Camp Director, Camp Director, and Director of Education.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for co-leading a group of children ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, or 10-12.
  • Responsible for all aspects of camp life: participating in morning circle, running animal chores, craft, and gardening activities.
  • Overseeing snacks and lunchtime.
  • Communicate with the Camp Director regarding behavior or medical issues.
  • Serve as an adult role model for the campers. 
  • Lead farm and garden-based curriculum in addition to activities designed by the educators. 
  • Be creative! Educators will be asked to brainstorm activities that the campers will love. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for youth development. 
  • Previous experience working with children. 
  • Experience with crafts, gardening, and farming experience is preferred.
  • Must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day.
  • An abundance of patience for working with children, a good sense of humor, and a strong work ethic.
  • Be able to pass a background check (CORI/SORI) successfully.

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT, REQUIRED HOURS, AND SALARY 

Dates of Employment (8 weeks of camp plus 1 week of camp training): Monday, June 19, 2023, through Friday, Aug. 18, 2023.

Hours/Salary: Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $15.25- $16.50 per hour, 35 hours per week.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Rachel Durgin, Camp Director, at campinfo@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

 

Camp Garden Specialist, Farm in the Garden Camp

JOB TITLE: Farm Camp Educator

JOB TYPE: Seasonal/Summer

DATE POSTED: January 2023

OVERVIEW: Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) is seeking Educators for Farm in the Garden Camp, a summer day camp for children ages 4-12 held on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in historic Stockbridge, MA. Campers at Farm in the Garden Camp care for farm animals, harvest food they grow, and participate in various activities. The camp is small by design and runs for eight weeks, following a week-long staff training. Farm Camp Educators support and are supported by the Assistant Camp Director, Camp Director, and Director of Education.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for co-leading a group of children ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, or 10-12.
  • Responsible for garden maintenance, garden education, and daily garden chores. 
  • Overseeing snacks and lunchtime.
  • Communicate with the Camp Director regarding behavior or medical issues.
  • Serve as an adult role model for the campers. 
  • Lead farm and garden-based curriculum and activities designed by the educators. 
  • Be creative! Educators will be asked to brainstorm activities that the campers will love. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for youth development and garden education
  • Must have experience or passion for working and learning about food production.
  • Previous experience working with children. 
  • Experience with crafts, gardening, and farming experience is preferred.
  • Must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day.
  • An abundance of patience for working with children, a good sense of humor, and a strong work ethic.
  • Be able to pass a background check (CORI/SORI) successfully.

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT, REQUIRED HOURS, AND SALARY 

Dates of Employment (8 weeks of camp plus 1 week of camp training): Monday, June 19, 2023, through Friday, Aug. 18, 2023.

Hours/Salary: Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $15.25 - $16.50 per hour, 35 hours per week.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Rachel Durgin, Camp Director, at campinfo@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

 

Director of Special Events
 

Full time, 40 hours/week, year-round

SUMMARY
Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing over 24 acres in Stockbridge, Mass. Its mission is “to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our local environment.” The Garden’s Special Events department supports this mission by developing and conducting high quality and creative events that engage and inspire our visitors, members, donors, and the broader community. The Director of Special Events also manages and oversees the Garden’s private event rentals, which help to generate revenue to support the Garden’s operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES
BBG’s Director of Special Events will be a key member of the Garden’s management team and will oversee the special events of the Garden, as well as private event rentals. Working with others throughout the organization, including Board members and volunteers, the Director will bring creativity and a sense of innovation to the job and ensure that our portfolio of Special Events are successful and reflective of the Garden’s mission and priorities. The Director will also manage and oversee the private event rental operations of the Garden for the purpose of raising revenue that supports our mission and operations. By collaborating with other departments and volunteers as necessary, the Director will ensure that both Special Events and private event rentals coordinate with and complement other activities of the Garden and that all are reflective of the high standard expected of BBG.

Our current Special Events portfolio includes our signature events, including Harvest Festival (our largest event of the year, which attracts approximately 10,000 visitors over two days), Plant Sale (run in coordination with our Horticulture Department), our annual gala, Holiday Marketplace, the annual Grow Show, and our Spring Hoppening. While many of these are likely to continue in the future, the Director will play a lead role in the development of the annual calendar of special events and in leading the development of new events. The Director also manages and/or assists with periodic art receptions, exhibits, programs, and small gatherings, such as providing support for donor or membership events run in coordination with colleagues and oversees the seasonal cafe and its staff.

QUALIFICATIONS
● Strong organizational skills, comfort with managing deadlines and high attention to detail.
● Innovative, creative and intuitive approach to events and audience engagement. One to three years of experience preferred.
● Energetic team player who collaborates and communicates effectively with staff, board, volunteers, visitors, and the general public.
● Comfort and experience managing budgets, events staff, and vendors. Ability to maintain composure under pressure.
● A positive, respectful and customer service-oriented approach when interacting with the public, including a commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
● Ability to work or be on-call on occasional weekends or evenings throughout the year, with particular frequency during the high season between May and October.
● An interest in or knowledge of horticulture or public gardens, parks, or arboreta. (Experience with public gardens, cultural, and/or educational non-profit organizations is preferred.)
● Comfort and aptitude with common productivity software, such as MS Office Suite, Canva, Square or POS software, Salesforce or other CRM applications.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
BBG provides a beautiful and stimulating work environment, with each season highlighting its signature character and charm. The staff of 12-20 (depending on the season) works in various shared office spaces as well as on the grounds and shares a common interest in the environment and the visitor/student experience. BBG values a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for our visitors and our employees and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. BBG is in the early stages of an ambitious master plan that will enhance accessibility and ultimately include a new visitor center and expanded formal and natural gardens.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package, including a health care reimbursement plan and paid time off. BBG encourages professional development and will help defray costs for staff to attend conferences and workshops throughout the year. Free enrollment in BBG adult community classes and workshops is offered for programs when space is available.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to tthompson@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Berkshire Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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