Boston: Boston Natural Areas Network seeks Garden Educator

10 Jan
Are you creative, innovative and committed to the urban environment?

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) is a 33-year old urban environmental non-profit working to preserve, protect and expand open space in Boston. Working collaboratively with community, public agencies, and non-profits, BNAN combines the environment with cultural and social issues. BNAN offers a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural programs to build constituencies for Boston’s community gardens, greenways and urban wilds. We are looking to fill a key position – the Garden Educator – to develop and coordinate garden education programs for BNAN. The Garden Educator will be responsible for developing, implementing and/or presenting programs that increase people’s knowledge of gardening, health and nutrition, and ecological concepts while working in collaboration with staff, volunteers and consultants.
We are seeking a responsible, passionate and experienced educator with an understanding of community gardens and
growing in a variety of urban landscapes and conditions. This individual should possess excellent educational skills,
demonstrated experience with garden and nutrition-based education and experience with volunteer management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work will include, but is not limited to:
Manage the Master Urban Gardener (MUG) and Master Urban Gardener at Home (MUGatHome) programs
Manage the Students Learning through Urban Gardening (SLUG) program.
Manage annual events including the annual Gardeners Gathering and spring and fall festivals
Develop and present workshops for general public and special programs
Research, develop and implement new programs aligned with BNAN’s strategic plan
Work with the Director of Property to develop, program and maintain the Learning Garden at City Natives
Provide support and advice for community gardeners via phone, email and site visits
Maintain program records, evaluations and volunteer tracking systems
Make contributions to newsletter, website and social media

Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor or Masters degree in Horticulture, Health & Nutrition, Environmental Science or related fields.
Familiarity with Boston and community gardens
Demonstrated teaching, event coordination and volunteer management skills
Demonstrated experience with program management tools, procedures and budgeting.
Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
Strong people and leadership skills.
Ability to work nights and weekends
Excellent computer, writing and organization skills.

Additional Skills and Interests

Ability to be flexible and work in non-traditional, multi-racial and multi-cultural environments.
Knowledge of Spanish or a second language is a plus.
Access to a vehicle to transport program material
Sense of humor

Schedule and Salary

This is a full time, permanent position at BNAN.
Weekend and evening hours will be required.
Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus generous benefits.
BNAN is an equal opportunity employer.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Vidya Tikku, Vice President

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