Director of Education Position Available - Posted May 10, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking an innovative, highly motivated and creative individual for the full time position of Director of Education.
This individual will be responsible for providing leadership, planning and management of all educational programing for children, families, adults and special needs students at the Botanical Gardens; daily activities of the education staff (comprised of full time, part time and volunteers); direct, train and motivate the education team to create and execute innovative and meaningful programing.
Qualified candidates are required to have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, must be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented and a team player with a sense of humor. Exceptional people skills and the ability to work well with volunteers and staff are required. Candidate must have a working knowledge of or a background in botany or horticulture and possess operational knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
This position requires an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and a New York State Permanent Teacher’s Certification with at least five years teaching and related experience. Management or non-profit experience is a plus. This position will report to the President/CEO and the candidate should possess a valid NYS driver's license. This position also requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.
Please submit a resume and letter of interest to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. via email at email@example.com or by mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14218.
Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - Become an Educational Docent! We are looking for new volunteers to join us, give tours, and provide learning experiences for school, community and other groups. These volunteers are referred to as docents and partake in multiple training sessions to prepare them. Docents meet once a month and may sign up to work based on a master schedule.
Tour Guide Docent: These docents provide tours to visiting groups, highlighting aspects of the Gardens, special plants and plant collections. A general knowledge of botany, plant families, environmental requirements for specific plants (all from the training sessions), and a willingness to continue to learn about the plant collections are essential.
Hands-on Docent: These docents provide hands-on experiences to school groups that tour the Gardens. Training to conduct the activities is part of the general docent training program.
Volunteers may choose either or both areas of docent work. Beginning volunteers will be paired with experienced docents until they are comfortable. If you are interested contact Nate Drag at 827.1584, ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.