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Student Field Trip Instructor

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Teaching for science field trips for grades preK through 12, including delivering inquiry- and standards-based programming with an emphasis on plant-based learning, prepping and maintaining program materials, and greeting school groups. Both indoor and outdoor teaching is required. This part-time resource position has varied hours depending on the time of year.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Teach student field trips for grades preK – 12 on-site at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
  • Set up and clean up field trip program classrooms and learning sites.
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of program materials and supplies.
  • Work closely with volunteers to coordinate the delivery of programs.
  • Attend and assist with mandatory program trainings.
  • Assist with the planning and evaluation of current and future field trip programs.
  • Teach off-site educational programs at local area schools during the winter (as scheduled).
  • Other duties as assigned, including the possibility to assist with Youth & Family Programs as interest and opportunity present.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Availability 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday from mid-August through December and mid-March through the beginning of June, with the possibility of off-site program work as scheduled January through February.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, environmental education, museum education, biology, environmental science, horticulture, or related field.
  • Experience in science education, instructing students grades preK – 12 in informal education or museum settings. Knowledge/familiarity with inquiry-based teaching methods and Next Generation Science Standards preferred.
  • Experience working with children from diverse backgrounds a plus.
  • Flexible and able to work in a fast-paced team environment using good communication and interpersonal and customer services skills.
  • Knowledge of science, horticulture, outdoor education, or environmental education preferred.
Physical Demands: 
Must be comfortable working outdoors for a minimum of two hours in various weather conditions and different kinds of terrain (paved, wood-chipped, lawn, and other garden surfaces); able to stand and walk for up to four hours at a time; able to lift, carry, push, and/or pull program supplies less than 30 pounds.
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.