Employment

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

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

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.

STAFF POSITIONS

No staff positions available at this time.

SEASONAL POSITIONS

Farm Camp Educators

JOB TYPE: Seasonal/Summer, non-exempt

DATE POSTED: January 4, 2017

REPORTS TO: Farm Camp Director

OVERVIEW

Berkshire Botanical Garden is seeking Farm Camp Educators for this summer’s Farm in the Garden Camp. Farm in the Garden Camp is a day camp for children ages 5-14 held on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in historic Stockbridge, MA. Campers care for farm animals, harvest food they grow themselves, and participate in a wide range of activities: bottle-feeding lambs, making cheese, running a farm stand, fiber crafts, baking treats with eggs collected from the chicken coop, extracting honey from our beehives, and much more. The camp is small by design, with just 25 children attending each week-long session.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Farm Camp Educators will be responsible for co-leading a group of children ages 5-7, 8-10, or 11-14.
  • The Educators will be responsible for all aspects of camp life: participating in morning circle; running animal, craft, and gardening activities; overseeing snack and lunch time; communicating behavior or medical issues to the Camp Director; and generally acting as an adult presence and one of the leaders of their group throughout the camp day.
  • Outside of the camp’s standard farm-based curriculum, there is an opportunity built into each camp day for the educators to lead an activity that they design themselves. Past activities include ponding, cooking favorite recipes, creating a play, branch weaving, flower pressing, and many others.  
  • Farm Camp Educators will also support and be supported by the Farm Specialist, Camp Director and Counselors-in-Training (CITs), as well as a handful of adult activity volunteers.
  • The Farm Camp Educators will report to the Camp Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience working with children required
  • Experience with crafts, gardening, and farming experience preferred
  • Must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day
  • An abundance of patience for working with children as well as a good sense of humor and strong work ethic
  • Must acquire CPR/First Aid certification before the first day of camp (July 5, 2017) and
  • Be able to successfully pass a background check

To comply with state regulations, the candidate must be 18 years of age or older and have graduated high school by June 26, 2017.

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND REQUIRED HOURS

The position runs for seven weeks: a mandatory week of staff training and six weeks of camp. The position begins on Monday, June 26, 2017 and ends on Friday, August 11, 2017. The workday is Monday-Friday, 8:30am until 3:30pm.

SALARY

$11-14/hour, 35 hours/week

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Chris Wellens, Farm Camp Director, at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.


Service-Learning Program Instructor

JOB TYPE: Seasonal/Summer, non-exempt

DATE POSTED: January 4, 2017

LOCATION: Stockbridge, MA

REPORTS TO: Farm Camp Director

OVERVIEW

Berkshire Botanical Garden is seeking an educator for this summer’s Farm and Garden Program. The Farm and Garden Program is an off-site program at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District summer camp which strengthens students’ connection to their local food system through hands-on activities related to farming and gardening in the community. Students in the program will be actively maintaining a garden at the school; learning to cook with food harvested from their garden and other local farmers; meeting local farmers and food advocates; and taking part in a student-run service learning project.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engage and guide a group of 10-15 5th and 6th grade students through a farm and garden-based service learning project.
  • Prepare and maintain materials and supplies needed for each day’s lesson.
  • Identify and meet all student needs to the best of your ability, and serve as a role model for the students.
  • Maintain a good relationship with other teachers, organizations, and administrators at the school.
  • Work collaboratively with paraprofessionals and student interns.
  • Communicate behavior or medical issues to the directors at school and BBG.
  • Assist with other activities as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience working with children is required.
  • The ideal candidate will have completed or be in the process of completing a post-secondary degree in a related field.
  • Previous experience facilitating team building activities is desired.
  • Experience leading student-centered service-learning projects is desired. Opportunities for training on this topic will be available.
  • Experience gardening or working on a farm are highly desired.
  • Must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day.
  • Must have an abundance of patience for working with children 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 and a clean driving record.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and have graduated high school by start of the program.

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND REQUIRED HOURS

The position runs for six weeks: a mandatory week of training and five weeks of programming. The position begins on Monday, June 26, 2017 and ends on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Dates are subject to change based on program scheduling.

SALARY

$12-14/hour, 18-24 hours/week

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Chris Wellens, Farm Camp Director, at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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