Youth Education Programs Assistant
Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is hiring!
Are you someone who is passionate about plants and our environment, loves working with children, and committed to supporting the Gardens’ IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) goals? We are looking for a Youth Education Programs Assistant excited about inspiring meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature in one of the most beautiful settings in Maine.
Summary: The Youth Education Programs Assistant provides essential support for all youth and family educational programming at the Gardens. The ideal candidate will be a responsible, customer-service oriented, enthusiastic self-starter who has a love for nature and the outdoors and will enjoy working with a team of educators to inspire a lasting connection between youth and nature.
Full-time, seasonal employment. This position begins mid-April and continues through September, with the possibility of continuing through December assisting with our holiday lights event. The workweek will be Tuesday-Saturday from 8:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. each day.
Pay rate: $18.30-$20.50 per hour
The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research.
Opened in 2007, our “People’s Garden” invites visitors of all ages and abilities to create and to explore meaningful connections to plants and nature at their own pace. Our journey began in 1991 when a small group of MidCoast residents dreamed of building a world-class public garden on 148 acres of rocky coastal forest that would one day be both an economic engine and cultural anchor for our region. After 16 years of planning, the Gardens opened officially in the summer of 2007. Since then, the Gardens has become one of Maine’s top attractions and one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic and compelling natural landscape—including nearly a mile of tidal saltwater frontage—make it ever-changing, endlessly captivating and thoroughly unique. The Gardens presents limitless potential to inspire learning about natural history, habitats, botany, horticulture and ecological connections. As the largest botanical garden in New England, the Gardens is comprised of more than 300 acres, 17 of which are gardens featuring native plants of Maine and other plants suited to northern coastal conditions. The Gardens sees more than 300,000 guests a year from throughout the United States and more than 63 foreign countries. All of this is only possible thanks to the unhesitating willingness of our founders to use their own homes as collateral. With steadfast commitment to the organization’s vision, these individuals along with hundreds of volunteers established a foundation of insightful planning, helping to make Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a jewel of rare quality among North American gardens.
Duties & Responsibilities
-Welcome and orient visiting school/youth groups.
-Lead classroom lessons and field studies for school/youth groups.
-Administer discovery carts and lead family garden walks in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, the Native Butterfly House and other high traffic areas in the Gardens.
-Assist the Summer Camp Coordinator in implementing nature- and garden-based summer camp programs for ages 4-9.
-Help to plan and co-lead our summer camp aftercare program.
-Assist visiting art instructors as they implement youth art workshops.
-Assist with the daily upkeep of the Alfond Children’s Garden play areas and structures.
-Assist with the daily care and maintenance of the Learning Garden and greenhouse.
-Supervise the Alfond Children’s Garden on the weekends and facilitate daily activities such as storytime, puppet shows, and chicken feeding.
-Lead Cider Saturdays in the Alfond Children’s Garden during the fall.
-Assist with other seasonal events as needed.
Education and Experience
-Must be comfortable with and enjoy interacting with the public and with students of all ages, especially children. Experience working with children is required.
-Some coursework or experience in the field of education or the natural sciences is required. A background in environmental education is preferred.
-Must have an interest in plants, gardening, and nature.
-Strong public speaking skills are required.
-Must be comfortable interacting with guests, staff, board members, and the community; strive to exceed guest and program participant expectations, and create an exceptional experience for those visiting the Gardens.
-Must be motivated to work independently and work well in a team.
-Commitment to working across the organization to support the integration of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) principles into Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ internal operations and its relationships with visitors and guests.
-Proficient in basic computer software such as Microsoft Office.
This full-time seasonal position begins mid-April and continues through September, with the possibility of continuing through December assisting with our holiday lights event. The workweek will include working one weekend day in the summer, and the possibility of working both weekend days in the fall. Five days of mutually agreed-upon time off are available during the summer. The successful candidate is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workplace. Assistance finding housing is available.
Physical and environmental factors:
This position has consistent, moderate physical demands. The position frequently involves hands-on garden education as well as preparation, clean-up, and maintenance of learning gardens. The employee should be prepared for active physical work as a regular component of the workday throughout the Gardens’ open season.
To apply, please visit: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/2212376
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of three references with your application.
Applicants will be reviewed starting February 27, 2024.Application Deadline:
February 27, 2024