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23 Dec 2021

Part-Time Instructor – Posted by Queens, New York, United States

Job Description

Instructor for Queens Botanical Garden


Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. In FY20, the Garden served 164,546 visitors, including 14,378 schoolchildren. A recently completed visitor survey reveals that 45% of visitors speak a language other than English at home. This fact underscores the importance of the mission and the challenges and opportunities QBG faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of people who live in and visit one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever-changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants, and cultures meet.

About This Opportunity

The Education Department at Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year following QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability. The Garden seeks Instructors to fulfill our after-school program teaching needs in the coming season. Selected candidates will be assigned to conduct two to three half days classes either virtually or in person throughout the Queens community. Additional morning work may also be available.


  • Teach programming to the standards set by QBG
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
  • Set up and breakdown programming spaces, including virtual
  • Possible travel to and from Queens area schools

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, science or a related field
  • Two years related experience
  • Class management experience. Experience teaching in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences a plus
  • Experience and sensitivity working with diverse populations
  • Must be able to work with groups of children both large and small
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more half days of programming per week

Driver’s license, access to a vehicle and/or Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.

Upon conclusion of the Garden’s school programming season, Instructors may be asked to continue their service at QBG as a long-term part-time Instructor. Opportunities available to Instructors may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. These programs cater to groups of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.

How to Apply

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at: This is a part-time seasonal position.  Compensation starting at $18/hour and is commensurate with experience. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment. Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, predisposing genetic characteristic, immigration status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources via email at

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: #PublicGardens #BotanicalGarden #NYCGardens #ItsInQueens #QueensBotanicalGarden #PeoplePlantsCultures. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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