Garden Educator

Are you creative, innovative and committed to the urban environment?

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) is a 36-year old urban environmental non-profit working to preserve, protect and expand open space in Boston. Working collaboratively with community, public agencies, and non-profits, BNAN combines the environment with cultural, social and public health issues. BNAN offers a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural programs to build constituencies for Boston’s community gardens, greenways and urban wilds.

We are looking to fill a key position ; the Garden Educator – to develop and coordinate garden education programs for BNAN. The Garden Educator will be responsible for developing, implementing and/or presenting programs that increase people’s skills and knowledge of gardening, health and nutrition, and ecological concepts while working in collaboration with staff, volunteers and consultants.

We are seeking a responsible, passionate and experienced educator with an understanding of community gardens and growing in a variety of urban landscapes and conditions. This individual should possess excellent educational skills, demonstrated experience with garden and nutrition-based education and experience with volunteer management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work will include, but is not limited to:

• Plan and manage the Master Urban Gardener (MUG) program.

• Manage the Students Learning through Urban Gardening (SLUG) program.

• Manage annual events including the annual Gardeners Gathering and spring and fall festivals

• Develop and present workshops for general public and special programs

• Research, develop and implement new programs aligned with BNAN’s strategic plan

• Work with the Director of Property to develop, program and maintain the Learning Garden at City Natives

• Provide support and advice for community gardeners via phone, email and site visits

• Maintain program records, evaluations and volunteer tracking systems

• Make contributions to newsletter, website and social media

Qualifications and Experience

• Bachelor or Masters degree in Horticulture, Health & Nutrition, Environmental Science or related fields.

• Familiarity with Boston and community gardens

• Demonstrated teaching, event coordination and volunteer management skills

• Demonstrated experience with program management tools, procedures and budgeting.

• Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.

• Strong people and leadership skills.

• Ability to work nights and weekends

• Excellent computer, writing and organization skills.

Additional Skills and Interests

• Ability to be flexible and work in non-traditional, multi-racial and multi-cultural environments.

• Knowledge of Spanish or a second language is a plus.

• Access to a vehicle to transport program material

• Sense of humor

Schedule and Salary

Schedule: This is a full time, permanent position at BNAN.

Weekend and evening hours will be required.

Salary: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus generous benefits.

BNAN is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY

Send a resume and detailed cover letter describing why you will make an exceptional Garden Educator for BNAN to Vidya Tikku, Vice President at info@bostonnatural.org.

Please include your last name and the position you are applying for, in the title of your file attachments.

No phone calls please.

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, applying early encouraged.

Boston, Massachusetts
2013-04-30
Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)
Vidya Tikku, Vice President



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