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Plains Conservation Center Program Instructor

Denver Botanic Gardens

Part Time
Posted July 21, 2022
About Denver Botanic Gardens: Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens was founded in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Gardens has a robust living plant collection, natural history collection and art collection along with temporary art exhibitions. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class exhibitions, education, and plant conservation research programs. 
For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens is currently hiring for an On Call Plains Conservation Center Program Instructor in our Education Department! Read below to see if the requirements might be a good fit for you:
Job Summary: 
This position teaches or supports Denver Botanic Gardens education programs at Plains Conservation Center in Aurora and other locations. Programs include, but are not limited to, school field trips, adult education classes, guided tours for all ages, overnight programming and special events. Plains Conservation Center Program Instructors deliver both environmental and cultural content following established curriculum. Additional responsibilities include coordination of program logistics, material maintenance and accurate record keeping.
Essential Job Duties:
  • Prepare and deliver assigned programs, including but not limited to onsite guided tours, school field trips, scout programs, events, adult education classes, and offsite outreach. 
  • Greet arriving students and touch base with teachers and chaperones regarding planned activities.
  • Provide program introduction to groups of school-age students, teachers and parent chaperones.
  • Lead groups of students through program activities, following established curriculum.
  • Prepare materials and equipment for assigned programs.
  • Work in cooperation with City of Aurora staff to ensure program success. Follow established partnership protocols. 
  • Keep accurate records of attendance, programs, confirmations or other matters as needed.
  • Maintain a safe environment for visitors or participants and address first aid issues.
  • Communicate with teachers, parents and others in regard to their child’s or children’s presence.
Other Job Duties:
  • Develop or update programs or program curricula as assigned.
  • Assist with other Denver Botanic Gardens programs as needed.
  • Supervise students eating lunch or taking a break as needed.
  • Travel to program locations in the Denver metro area to deliver programs.
  • Follow established protocols to coordinate programs and volunteers as needed. 
  • Assist with coordinating materials, schedules, and other matters 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.
Prior knowledge and previous experience is required, including at least one years’ related experience, training or education, and 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. Experience taking students on field trips and experience teaching outdoors is strongly preferred. Flexibility in changing circumstances and high energy required. Must be capable of moving and communicating for a long period of time. Must be able of working independently and in a team environment. Must be available flexible hours during the work week and weekend. Must currently possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Colorado driver’s license, plus an acceptable driving record. Familiarity with Microsoft Windows based systems and the Microsoft office based software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and scheduling software) required. Spanish-speaking desirable.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations 
  • Reasoning Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job. This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
· Effective immediately, Denver Botanic Gardens will require new employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request a variance for medical or religious reasons (please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms if you wish to apply for an exemption).  Please provide proof of your vaccination to orientation.

Compensation: $19.00 - $21.20 per hour

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