Non-Student Hourly

Garden Educator

Description:

Do you have an enthusiasm for nature? Do you love to communicate with both children and adults? If so, consider working as a Reiman Gardens Educator. Garden Educators are a committed, vibrant group of independent contracted interpreters who support Reiman Gardens’ mission to “educate, enchant, and inspire an appreciation for plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world” by

  • Organizing and leading scheduled guided school programs, including tours and hands-on activities
  • Coordinating experienced volunteer Docents to achieve successful program delivery
  • Educating visitors about collections, displays, and informal science
  • Contributing to program evaluation and refinement
  • Acting as a Garden ambassador and providing a personal ink to Garden experiences
  • Supporting Garden events by facilitating activities for mixed age groups
  • Helping visitors make lasting memories at the Gardens

Gardens staff will provide in-depth training regarding program content, interpretation, and Gardens information.

Requirements – Educators Must:

  • Have a strong desire to share knowledge about plants, insects, and nature with youth and adults
  • Possess basic knowledge of nature, botany, and ecology
  • Have experience working with and teaching youth and adults
  • Have experience writing, executing, and evaluating lesson plans
  • Be comfortable in a multitude of outdoor conditions
  • Be comfortable with public speaking; possess good oral communication skills
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be flexible and cooperative, able to adapt to changing circumstances and varying demand
  • Complete a formal training program and shadow experience
  • Commit to leading 10 programs per month during peak season (April – October) for at least one year

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Successfully prepare, organize, and facilitate efficient tours of the Gardens and various school programs designed for different grade level groups
  • Apply and adapt grade-level appropriate content and experiences for youth audiences
  • Effectively and accurately communicate information about Reiman Gardens’ mission, history, dimensional design process, and living plant collections to students of all ages
  • Develop and implement training for volunteer Docents in leading tours and delivering programs
  • Create a welcoming atmosphere for visitor interactions and questions

Benefits:

  • $15.00/hour starting pay for contact hours plus up to one hour for preparation and up to one hour for cleanup for each tour/program
  • Invaluable museum education and customer service experience
  • Opportunities for continuing education at Reiman Gardens: supplemental training in various aspects of public horticulture and informal education
  • Free or reduced rates on many education programs and events
  • Enjoyable camaraderie while pursuing lifelong learning in a beautiful setting
  • Opportunities for developing and leading new adult and/or youth programs

Application Process:

For questions, and/or to submit an application, please send the following materials to Sara Merritt, Education Manager – smerritt@iastate.edu:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of references