Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
The Education Specialist supports the Botanical Garden’s mission-driven programming through facilitating and delivering educational programs both onsite and offsite to audiences of all ages. Programming includes, but is not limited to, guided tours, field trips, classes, workshops, camps, lectures, community outreach, booths, and garden interpretation.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for and demonstrated experience delivering programming in formal and/or informal education settings on the topics of horticulture, gardening, botany, plant sciences, STEM, nature-based arts/crafts, and/or interpretation.
This position will work in collaboration with a passionate, fun team of professionals ready to engage audiences of all ages and will inspire others to learn about horticulture and the natural world.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit public garden situated on 17-acres in the heart of downtown Des Moines. At the Botanical Garden, we are passionate about exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants. Beyond the beauty and inspiration of our urban setting, we are dedicated to creating signature, memorable experiences through progressive garden design and innovative programming. People, plants, and passion are the focus of what we do. By educating and enriching the lives of our guests, we provide a valuable resource for our community and forge partnerships stronger than the sum of our individual parts.
Duties & Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and perform other duties as assigned.
• Facilitate, lead, and deliver formal and informal educational programming in-person, both onsite and in offsite, at community-based locations, to audiences of all ages and abilities.
• Serve as a primary instructor, leading the day-to-day activities of Botanical Garden camp programs, including school breaks, in-service days, and summer camps.
• Follow lesson plans, talking points, instructions, and/or tour scripts to deliver a high-quality program experience.
• Maintain program spaces and storage. Set up and inventory supplies and materials.
• Establish positive relationships with all program participants and guests to ensure engaging and enjoyable experiences.
• Work in collaboration with the education team and assist with program creation, including updating, developing, and improving program lesson plans, materials, talking points, instructions, and/or tour scripts.
• Demonstrate enthusiasm, a positive attitude for teaching, and the ability to engage audiences of all ages and skill levels.
• Communicate effectively and respectfully with program participants, staff, volunteers, and the general public.
• Recruit, train, and support volunteers where needed to further educational programming.
• Assist and support other members of the Botanical Garden team with other program areas, special events, and exhibits as needed.
Education and Experience
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree or in pursuit of a degree preferably in science education, botany, biology, horticulture, environmental education, or related field of study, or have training and experience commensurate with such a degree.
• Experience teaching and delivering programs, public tours, and/or public speaking required.
• Experience working with and/or training volunteers and docents preferred.
• Experience in curriculum and/or program development for audiences of all ages is highly desirable.
• Bi-lingual or multilingual highly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner with the general public, staff, and volunteers.
• Feel comfortable speaking in front of an audience or group and process excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Ability to understand and interpret instructions, work and/or lead programs independently as well as part of a team.
• High level of organization, time management, flexibility, and ability to handle situations in a professional manner.
• Knowledge of rudimentary plant science, gardening, horticulture, and/or the natural world is preferred.
• Possess a working knowledge of different learning styles, behavior management, and education techniques, particularly in non-traditional educational settings is preferred.
Licenses and Certifications
• Must possess a valid State of Iowa Driver’s License (or obtain within one month).
• Must possess current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification, or be willing to obtain.
Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.