Employment

The Garden is a fun, beautiful, healthy environment that always welcomes volunteers in a number of capacities.

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

STAFF POSITIONS

Camp Director

JOB TYPE: Full time, Year-round

DATE POSTED: June 6, 2017

REPORTS TO: Director of Education

OVERVIEW

Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 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.

BBG is seeking an experienced camp administrator to direct its summer Farm in the Garden Camp. Farm in the Garden Camp is a summer day camp which provides time, space, and guidance for children to do meaningful work and play in a caring, garden community. Our work at the garden will be to care for the plants and animals that sustain us and to make good use of the harvest. Find out more about BBG’s Farm in the Garden Camp at www.BerkshireBotanical.org/education/farmcamp.

In addition to Farm Camp responsibilities, the Camp Program Coordinator will also assist with other education programs at BBG including after school programs during the school year, leading school field trips that come to the Garden, and proctoring our adult community classes and workshops.

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.
  • Responsibilities related to Farm in the Garden Camp:
    • Work with the Marketing Communications Director to promote the camp in BBG publications, at community events, and through social media.
    • Work with the Office Manager on ensuring a smooth and friendly camp registration process.
    • Hire, train, and supervise seasonal camp staff including Counselors-in-Training.
    • Act as the health care supervisor and keep related medical certifications up to date.
    • Create positive relationships with campers, their families, camp staff, volunteers, and our community.
    • Develop new camp curriculum and lessons.
    • Oversee the camp budget.
    • Develop opportunities to expand the Farm in the Garden Program into other areas of the BBG Education Department.
  • Coordinate and teach the Farm and Garden after-school program at area schools.
  • Plan and care for the Children’s Production Vegetable Garden.
  • Recruit and engage volunteers and other staff in education programs as needed.
  • 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

  • Previous experience working with children is required.
  • At minimum, completion of a four-year degree in a related field is required.
  • At least 2 seasons in a camp administrative role, or related training.
  • Entrepreneurial in spirit, creative and innovative, a proven record of developing successful educational programming for children in the field of gardening, agriculture, and environmental science.
  • 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 have an abundance of patience as well as a good sense of humor and 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.
  • Must have or be able to obtain CPR/first aid training associated with health care supervisor role.

BENEFITS & SALARY

  • Work on a devoted team who share a passion of environmental education and a love of plants.
  • Free enrollment in BBG adult community classes and workshops, plus other opportunities for professional development.
  • A competitive salary and benefits package including paid time off, sick leave, and health insurance.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Chris Wellens, Director of Education, at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and is expected to begin on September 5, 2017.


Education Coordinator

JOB TYPE: Year-round, 32 hours/week

DATE POSTED: June 6, 2017

REPORTS TO: Director of Education

OVERVIEW

Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 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. The Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, developing curriculum, and teaching the education program in subject areas related to gardening, environmental science, and agriculture, primarily for children ages preschool to middle school. The programs happen at BBG, in area schools, and at other off-site locations to individuals of all ages.

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.
  • Coordinate and teach the Farm and Garden after-school program at area schools.
  • Organize family programming for BBG visitors during the open season one to two days a week.
  • 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.
  • Plan and care for the Children’s Discovery Garden.
  • Engage volunteers and other staff in education programs as needed.
  • 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

  • Previous experience working with children is required.
  • At minimum, completion of a four-year degree in a related field 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 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 of environmental education and a love of plants.
  • Free enrollment in BBG adult community classes and workshops, plus other opportunities for professional development.
  • A competitive salary and benefits package including paid time off, sick leave, and health insurance.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Chris Wellens, Director of Education, at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and is expected to begin on September 5, 2017.


SEASONAL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Visitor Center Volunteers

TYPE: Seasonal/Summer

DATE POSTED: February 2, 2017

REPORTS TO: Visitor Center Manager

OVERVIEW

Berkshire Botanical Garden is seeking Volunteers for our Visitor Center.  We are a member and admission-supported non-profit educational organization, and are dedicated to fulfilling the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening as well as the conservation and improvement of our local environment.

As the first contact our visitors typically have with the Garden, we are looking for friendly, out-going folks who will welcome visitors and provide information to maximize their BBG experience.  Additional duties include charging admission, providing information about the Garden and surrounding area and selling gifts, snacks and refreshments.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Open and/or close the Visitor Center.
  • Greet visitors, and provide an introduction to the Garden.
  • Process cash, check and credit card transactions.
  • Re-stock inventory and promotional materials.
  • Maintain a clean and neat environment.
  • Volunteers will be trained and supported by the Visitor Center Manger.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A friendly personality and neat appearance
  • Basic accounting skills
  • Previous experience with customer service, retail, Square Point-of-Sale system, gardening or education is preferred.

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND REQUIRED HOURS

The Visitor Center is open every day from 9am-5pm.  Morning , afternoon and full day shifts are available.  These positions run for the duration of the Garden season, from May 1 through October 6, 2017, 23 weeks.

TO APPLY

Please contact Visitor Center Manager for an interview appointment, at cgrippaldi@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.

 

 

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