Applications are solicited ASAP for BPL’s Garden Educator position at Park Slope Library. The Garden Educator will help plan and implement the 2017 season of activities in the eight raised beds in the recently completed Park Slope Library garden, including planting and maintenance of the raised beds, hosting open gardening hours for the community to help garden, and planning and running educational activities and games related to the garden for children.
This person will work with Park Slope Library’s staff to make sure other activities in the garden, including regularly scheduled story times and play activities, complement the raised bed programs.
This position is funded through the end of September, for a maximum of ten hours a week. The exact schedule will be determined with the Garden Educator, though availability on Saturday mornings is preferred.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Working with Park Slope Library staff, plan a May to September program that utilizes the eight raised beds in Park Slope Library’s garden.
- Host weekly “open gardening hours” for Park Slope community to volunteer in garden.
- Actively care for the raised beds at Park Slope Library.
- Assist with activities for local schools and daycares visiting the garden.
- Working with Park Slope Library staff, plan and implement regularly scheduled programs for children and family in the garden.
- Share developmentally appropriate gardening activities with families to encourage development and literacy.
- Provide feedback to Park Slope Library on community involvement and participation, curriculum, books and materials, and conduct assessment surveys as needed.
- Set up and clean-up program materials as necessary.
- Communicate and collaborate on programming regularly with Park Slope Library staff.
- Track number of participants and report numbers to Park Slope Library staff.
- Report any problems to mentor or library staff overseeing the program.
Skills & Qualifications:
- College-level studies or career experience in education, urban agriculture, nutrition, botany, or environmental or biological sciences.
- Must have experience leading programs with children, in particular 3-5 year olds.
- Gardening experience
- Knowledge of early childhood development.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed
- This position will work primarily outside.
The candidate selected for this position will be hired on a contractual basis at the rate of $25 per our; maximum 10 hours per week, through September 30, 2017. Weekly schedule will be determined with Educator, Saturday morning and weekday day availability preferred. This position reports to the manager of Park Slope Library.
Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.