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Manager of Youth Education, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts, US

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden, PO Box 598, Boylston MA  01505  508-869-6111

Direct Manager:               Director of Education & Audience Engagement

Department/Group:Education & Audience Engagement    

Job Category: Exempt



Location: Boylston, MA

Travel Required: Yes, local

Salary or Rate Range: Commensurate with experience      

Contact: Jessica Pederson

Date posted: 11/15/2017             

Posting Expires: Open until filled

Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world.  Our core values are Learning, Stewardship, Sustainability, Inclusivity, Joy and Excellence.  Our vision is to build on Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s unique vantage point atop Tower Hill in Central New England. We will grow our gardens and programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those who know us.  Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants that can make a difference beyond our boundaries. We will work with others to develop and disseminate plant-based solutions to societal issues. Finally, we will lead some of those efforts to build a better world with plants and people.

Position Overview:

Under the direction of the Director of Education and Audience Engagement, the Manager of Youth Education will develop, execute, and evaluate a variety of mission-related, audience-focused learning experiences and a year-round program calendar for young audiences. These learning experiences include all on- and off-site PreK-12 school and community programs, school vacation week programming, summer programs, weekly classes for toddlers and preschoolers, informal education opportunities such as drop-in activities, and other programming at Tower Hill events such as Winter in Bloom and Botanic Tattoo Weekend. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Essential Duties:

• Serve as the primary representative for outreach to schools. Create, conduct, and evaluate school field trips that meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards.

• Facilitate all aspects of youth education group visits.

• Train, evaluate, and supervise volunteers, contract instructors, work-study students, and interns.

• Write and develop mission-related activities, interpretive materials, and programming that engage diverse audiences.

• Develop and teach classes in areas of specialty.

• Continually evaluate all educational programming so that it meets curriculum standards, uses current learning theory, and takes into consideration best practices.

• Coordinate and conduct outreach programs off-site.

• Develop partnerships and collaborations with other organizations to meet department goals.

• Administer programs including budgeting, maintaining program web pages, overseeing specific programs, and maintaining program records regarding budget, supplies, attendance.

• Manage and oversee the maintenance of the youth garden.

• Write and manage grants from public and private institutions and support fundraising efforts.

• Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Manager’s position is salaried and exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours, Monday-Friday. However, the schedule requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work regular weekends and occasional evenings to suit the needs of the organization. While the work is generally performed inside, many classes are often held outdoors.

Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate will:

• Have a bachelors or masters degree in education, museum studies, horticulture or related field, and five years of related experience.

• Have professional experience teaching in a public/private school or educational non-profit institution and knowledge of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards.

• Have experience in the field of horticulture/botany, biology, gardening, natural science, or a similar subject.

• Have significant experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.

• Have significant experience working with a variety of young audiences, including school groups, PreK-12 community groups, and families.

• Have experience building successful collaborations with other organizations.

• Be able to create and adhere to project budgets and deadlines.

• Have strong organizational, time management, oral, and written skills.

• Be flexible, willing to adapt to change, and interested in helping envision change.

• Have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal tactfully with visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff.

• Have experience in the non-profit sector.

In addition, the position requires:

• A state background check and valid driver’s license.

• The ability to stand, and walk for up to 6 hours/day. Must be comfortable working actively outdoors for majority of the day in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

• A flexible schedule and the ability to work regular weekends and some evenings, as needed.

• Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office suite, Google Docs, and web management systems.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Please include your last and first name in the file name of each document. Applications should be submitted to:

Jessica Pederson

Director of Education and Audience Engagement

               Tower Hill Botanic Garden

               11 French Dr.

               PO Box 598

               Boylston MA 01505

               508-869-6111 x137



Application Deadline

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and will continue to be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, Tower Hill Botanic Garden aims to create an inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and serve our visitors as well as the communities of Worcester County, Massachusetts and New England.


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