Employment

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

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STAFF POSITIONS

Education Coordinator

JOB TYPE: Year-round, 32 hours/week, non-exempt

ORIGINAL DATE POSTED: June 6, 2017

SUPERVISOR: 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 benefits package including paid time off, sick leave, and health insurance.
  • Salary of $15-$16/hour, non-exempt, depending on experience.

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.

 


SEASONAL  POSITIONS

Visitor Center Clerk/Greeter

TYPE: Part-time, Seasonal/Summer

DATE POSTED: July 10, 2017

REPORTS TO: Visitor Center Manager

OVERVIEW

Berkshire Botanical Garden is seeking skilled and personable staff 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 processing admission fees, 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.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Staff 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.

 


Berkshire Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

 

 

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