Family Programs Instructor

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The family programs instructor will facilitate a range of hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families. This part-time resource position requires weekend hours, and the schedule varies from week to week.

To teach applied learning, nature-themed educational activities and programs aimed at children and families.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Facilitate and implement science, nature, and gardening programs, particularly birthday parties, for a wide range of Chicago Botanic Garden visitors.
  • Learn to apply museum education best practices and knowledge of learning theories to assist in ongoing development of a diverse range of family-friendly programs.
  • Work with other staff, including volunteers, in facilitation of programs.
  • Assist with other youth and family programs as interest and opportunity present.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A background in, and interest in, education.
  • Confidence to instruct children and adults.
  • Customer service skills.
  • The ability to communicate with a diverse public.
  • Note: a knowledge of science, horticulture, outdoor education, or environmental education is preferred.
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift 25 pounds, enjoy working outdoors, rain or shine, and be comfortable standing for long periods of time. Weekend work required.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.