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Family Drop-in Programs Instructor

Requisition Number: 
511
Department: 
Youth Education
Job Status: 
Seasonal
Hours: 
Part-time
Overview: 
To facilitate and develop a range of free, hands-on, nature-themed education activities and programs for children and families in the Nature Play Garden. Weekend hours required.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Facilitate and implement free, drop-in, family nature-play programs to a wide range of Garden visitors. This might include leading a nature walk, doing a story reading, or facilitating building a fort. 
  • 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, to facilitate programs. 
  • Assist with other youth and family programs as interest and opportunity present. 
Qualifications: 

Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • The individual who fills this position must love creative outdoor play. This individual should have a background and interest in children and education. 
  • Confidence to instruct children and adults, independence and flexibility to adjust program offerings to accommodate changing audience and weather on a daily basis. 
  • Superb customer-service skills. 
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse public. 
  • Knowledge of nature play, science, horticulture, outdoor education, or environmental education preferred. 
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to lift 25 pounds, enjoy working outdoors for six-hour shifts, rain or shine, and be comfortable standing and/or moving 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.