Children’s Garden Instructor: Queens Botanical Garden

Children’s Garden Instructor (Part-Time)



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.

The 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. The Garden serves nearly 210,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of 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.


Queens Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC enables children ages 2-14 the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an outdoor learning environment. The children not only explore various methods of gardening, but also discover their surrounding environment through hands-on activities about birds, insects, trees, solar energy, water conservation, and composting. These positions offer a unique opportunity for individuals with interests in horticulture, education, environmental sustainability and/or non-profit organizations.


Responsibilities include:

 Planting, preparation, and maintenance of the Children’s Garden  Working with children and facilitating lessons during programming  Assisting with creation and implementation of environmental education curriculum as needed  Supervising, mentoring, and teaching high school level and above interns.

Ideal candidates will:

 Be a minimum of sophomore in college, pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field or has studied one of these fields  Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening  Have experience working with and teaching children  Have experience supervising, teaching, and motivating interns and volunteers  Be able to work some evenings, and weekends, as mentioned below  Be an enthusiastic and energetic leader in a fast-paced environment  Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups  Excellent communication and organizational abilities.


Dates and Times (ideally, candidates will be available for all of the following, but we are flexible)  Spring program: Saturdays from April through June, possible Thursdays mornings  Summer training (required for Summer Program): last week in June  Summer program: 32 hours per week for 7 weeks (July-August)  Fall: Five (5) weekend dates in September and October, possible Thursday mornings.

To apply you must put “Children’s Garden Instructor” in the subject line and send cover letter and résumé to No calls please NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Nicole Collins

Nicole Collins

Director of Career Services at Unity College
Collins is Director of Career Services at Unity College. Her successes include increasing the amount of student career center use by over 200%, coordinating the largest environmental career fair in New England (with over 85 participating employers), supporting an increase in student internship placement by 70% and establishing a grant funded intern partnership with the White Mountain National Forest Service. In addition to her role in Career Services, Collins also instructs a 1-credit professional development course.
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