Director of Education

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Stamford , Connecticut

Job Description

Director of Education

Description:  A full-time director and educator position with Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens to manage our school, camp, outreach, after-school, and public programming.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable teaching a wide variety of ages from pre-school-aged children through adults.  Botany and horticulture knowledge required.  General knowledge pertaining to other environmental education topics, such as sustainability, environmentalism, STEM-based learning, is also necessary. Candidates should be familiar with current educational trends and techniques at a local and national level, and be comfortable providing developmentally-appropriate programming to a diverse population in both urban and suburban settings.

General Duties: 

  • Secure state licensing for all children’s programs.
  • Develop, schedule, and market adult education programming.
  • Develop, schedule, and market external after-school programs.
  • Work/Plan children’s programs at BAG events.
    • Direct and teach school programs, including our city-wide second grade program.
    • Direct vacation and summer camps.
    • Supervise other educators and camp counselors.
    • Plan lessons and design curriculum.
    • Plan and support new education initiatives.
    • Collaborate on external marketing of programs through website, direct mail, social media, press releases, and other innovative solutions.
    • Attend camp and school fairs and community events, as needed, to market the programs.
    • Keep camper records and registrations in database.
  • Completing any other projects assigned by the CEO.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in plant science, environmental science, biology, education, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum five years teaching experience.
  • Minimum three years management experience.
  • Experience working with children in indoor and outdoor settings, providing them with safe, but enriching, learning opportunities.
  • Familiar with both Mac and Microsoft platforms, high proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook.  Experience with database management software is preferred.
  • Must be able to work in a team setting as well as independently; flexibility and strong interpersonal skills are key.
  • Enthusiasm for the botanical and natural world and sharing it with children and adults is a must.
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprinting.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting a plus.
  • Must have experience designing curriculum and implementing new programming.
  • Must have current CPR/First Aid certifications or be willing to obtain.
  • Must hold a current and valid driver’s license.

About Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens:

Nestled among the historic landscape of Southwestern New England, the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is a natural preserve like no other in this region. The property features 93 acres of irreplaceable open space, highlighting the best of what Connecticut's native landscape has to offer: magnificent award-winning Champion trees, charming gardens, wildflower meadows, red maple wetlands and boardwalks, woodland walking trails, varied wildlife, and native habitats. A wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life, we serve as a leading recreational and educational resource for area residents and visitors of all ages. For weekend gardeners to budding young botanists, the Bartlett offers a place to relax, learn, and play.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

jvontrapp@bartlettarboretum.org