The Green-Wood Cemetery

Organization Description:
Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as part of the Rural Cemetery Movement of the nineteenth century. As a historic burial ground that encompasses 478 acres of rolling hills, glacial ponds, and winding pathways, Green-Wood presents an unconventional and unique opportunity for learning. Its educational programming is inspired by the legacies of over 570,000 people who lived their lives in New York City and are now interred at the Cemetery. From the powerful to the downtrodden, from the ornate, private lots of millionaires to the public lots of a diverse population of ordinary citizens who helped build New York City, their life stories, individually and collectively, comprise Green-Wood’s shared history. The Cemetery is also the site of a major battle of the American Revolution and home to a world-class collection of 19th and 20th-century statuary and architecture. It is the only accredited Level III Arboretum in New York City with 8,000 trees and shrubs, and one of the largest green spaces in Brooklyn.

In 2018, Green-Wood was awarded generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Booth Ferris Foundation to deepen and expand both its historical and environmental educational programs for Pre-K-12 students.

Position Summary: 
The Green-Wood education department teaches a variety of programs for Pre-K through 12th grade students year-round. We are a new and dynamic department just beginning to interpret Green-Wood and its mission for young people. School Programs Educators will be joining a flexible and curious team.

In response to the challenges of COVID-19, we have adjusted our programs to take place as virtual lessons or as small-group, outdoor, walking programs. We practice stringent COVID-19 safety protocols according to the guidance of the CDC and local laws. Successful candidates for the position must be willing to teach virtual lessons AND in-person, outdoor, socially-distanced, small-group programs on-site at Green-Wood. Most programs we teach are on American historical and art historical themes from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries; however, we also have one program on phenology (changing seasons) for early childhood and hope to expand our environmental education programming in the coming years.  

School programs educators will train for and lead programs as assigned to them in a bi-weekly schedule. Educators must agree to at least two weekdays when they are available to be assigned work. They may also assist in research and development of new programs and perform administrative and program coordination work as needed. This is a per diem position so teaching and non-teaching work will vary week to week. School Programs Educators work under the Director of Education.

– Bachelor’s Degree in relevant subject related to American history, art history, environmental studies, museum studies, or education.  
– Experience working with school-aged children in a formal or informal learning environment.
– Cultural competence to work with communities of color and immigrant communities in south Brooklyn, including predominantly Asian American and Latinx communities in Sunset Park.
– At least two days/week of availability to be assigned work between 9 am and 6 pm.
– Ability to lead walking tours in hilly terrain
– Strong background in teaching diverse experiences and perspectives in American history, including but not limited to the roles, voices and movements of women; people of color; immigrants; LGBTQ+ persons; religious and other minorities. 
– Solid computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
– Interest in working for a growing, developing educational department 
– Professional maturity, reliability, good judgment, integrity, warmth, and trust

Strongly preferred:
– Ability to teach in Spanish or Mandarin 
– Familiarity with NYC Scope and Sequence, standards, and best practices for teaching American History, Art History, and/or environmental education. 
– Experience leading programs for school aged children outdoors
– Experience leading virtual programs for school aged children
– Experience teaching with monuments and/or memorials
– Demonstrated interest in building community, social justice initiatives, and/or fostering cross-institutional partnerships

Teaching ($50/hr), Prep/research/admin/all non-teaching work ($20/hr)


Application Info:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject “School Programs Educator” or mail to Education, Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232. 

The Cemetery is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and any other basis or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.