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Student Field Trip Instructor A-B

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To teach hands-on science field trips for grades preK –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 onsite 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 season (as scheduled).
  • Other duties as assigned, including the possibility to assist with youth and family programs as interest and opportunity present.

 Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Availability 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ideally, 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/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 communications and interpersonal and customer service 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 kinds of terrain (paved, wood-chipped, lawn, and other Garden surfaces); able to stand and walk for up to four hours at times; 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.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.