Family and Children’s Program Instructor

Denver Botanic Gardens
Job Description

Job Summary: This position teaches family and children’s community programs, altering, developing and implementing hands-on curriculum that engages families and children, particularly ages 0-8. Programs include but are not limited to parent-child classes for toddlers and preschoolers, homeschool days, scout programs, family workshops, and special events. Additional duties include supervising volunteers, communicating with program registrants, maintaining program supplies and supporting the day-to-day operations of the Mordecai Children’s Garden.

Career Type: Part-time - Sunday through Wednesday

Education/Experience: Prior knowledge and previous experience is required, including at least three months experience teaching and managing a group of students (preK-12) in a formal or informal environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. More extensive teaching experience is preferred, including previous experience in early childhood education or in children’s gardens. Flexibility in changing circumstances and high energy required. Must be capable of moving and communicating for a long period of time. Must be capable of working independently and in a team environment. Must be available to work flexible hours during work week and weekends. Familiarity with Microsoft Windows based systems and the Microsoft office based software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and scheduling software) required. Knowledge and experience in teaching a variety of age levels and diverse populations using a hands-on, constructivist philosophy is desirable. Experience teaching botanical, natural or environmental topics is desirable. Spanish-speaking desirable.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Prepare and deliver assigned programs, including but not limited to birthday parties, toddler and preschool classes, and other family programs.
  • Create and deliver new or altered family programs.
  • Lead children in hands-on, interactive activities.
  • Maintain a safe environment for visitors or participants and address first aid issues.
  • Perform daily upkeep and maintenance of educational materials within the Mordecai Children’s Garden.
  • Send out program confirmations to registrants and volunteers.
  • Keep accurate records of attendance, programs, confirmations or other matters as needed.
  • Work in coordination with horticulture staff with care of living plants used in programs.

Other Job Duties:

  • Assist with monitoring conditions and visitors in the Children’s Garden.
  • Assist with other children’s programs as needed.
  • Coordinate programs and volunteers as needed.
  • Work to assure the highest quality experience for all Denver Botanic Gardens visitors.
  • Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
  • Maintain a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
  • Perform other duties as requested by management.

Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance.   Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

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