GreenSchool Science Education Intern

New York Botanical Garden

Position Description:
Children’s Education seeks a Science Education Intern for the GreenSchool during the 2021-2022 school years. GreenSchool offers cross-disciplinary workshops and tours using plants as a lens for inquiry and phenomena-based-science explorations throughout the Garden. The Intern will lead in-person and remote school group programs with the goal of student experiential learning and appreciation of the natural world. They will support the daily operations of the institutional space and staff needs and research, develop and evaluate curricula.

Additionally, this position supports, through actions and conduct, NYBG’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility initiatives and helps to build and maintain an inclusive organizational culture throughout the institution.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
– Facilitate in-person and remote set-curriculum inquiry-based plant science and cross-disciplinary workshops and tours for Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school groups (all ability levels, including children with learning differences).
– Participate in a professional learning community of informal science educators to build effective teaching practices which help students learn constructively through culturally relevant, phenomena-based investigations of unique resources, hands-on activities, and peer discussions in both in-person and remote.
– Facilitate the set-up of supplies and technology each morning, followed by the cleanup, inventory and preparation of materials each afternoon.
– Support the daily operations and maintenance of the institutional space including plant care and classroom and supplies organization.
– Assist in on-going assessment and refinement of programs, digital learning platforms and GreenSchool curricula that improves student experience of programs.
– Solicit teacher evaluation of education programs.
– Participate in a team to conceive, design and practice new spring program offerings.

Schedule: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, September 21st through June 24th.

– Potential candidates must have an undergraduate degree with a background and/or demonstrated familiarity with contemporary museum education practices. Strong science (ecology, botany, or horticulture) and some teaching background required.
– Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
– Ability to work in all weather conditions and to be flexible in a complex, dynamic and fast-paced environment.
– Prior experience with and enthusiasm for working with schoolchildren. Must love plants.

Compensation: $17/hour


Application Info: Please apply on our website:

The New York Botanical Garden is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible (IDEA) work environment, and further recognizes that diversity in our workforce fosters excellence in our mission of advocating for the plants of the world. Leveraging the strong foundation of existing policies and practices, NYBG will advance inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility through a number of institutional initiatives. Our aspiration is to continue to cultivate a workforce and institution that is as diverse as the communities we serve and the audiences we engage.

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