2021 Education & Outreach Program Assistant Posting

Job Description

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is seeking a part-time Education & Outreach Program Assistant to help facilitate and manage the educational programming at the Gardens for a one year position. In addition, this position would be a shared employee with the Museum of Infinite Outcomes and would assist in their garden and work to build relationships with the Museum’s neighbors in the Parkridge community of East Knoxville.

The Knoxville Botanical Garden is located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique and historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown. The Garden’s mission is to “Grow Gardens, Honor History, Cultivate Community.” 

The Museum of Infinite Outcomes fosters the conservation of our open and natural spaces through an active role in the arts and urban agriculture to inspire and empower human communities to reimagine their role in their environment, promoting food security and space to grow for all humans and more-than-humans in that environment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supports in implementing the nature-based environmental programs that share the Garden’s mission, collections, and landscape to engage youth and inspire them to be stewards of the natural world
  • Under the direction of the Manager for the Center for Urban Agriculture, coordinates youth educational experiences, including field trips, pre-school programs, scout programs, summer camp, and other educational programming offered by the Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Coordinates with the Manager of the CUA on the timings of plantings, harvesting, and other garden activities to serve both the needs of the garden and the educational programming
  • Facilitates weekly Story Thyme program
  • Develops educational materials for distribution to general garden visitors, such as seasonal scavenger hunts, pamphlets on specific collections, etc.
  • Responsibilities at the Museum of Infinite Outcome would include: light duty gardening (watering, weeding, planting, removing invasives), Museum community outreach and garden workshop development

Additional Responsibilities

  • Supports in the selection and scheduling of adult educational experiences, including workshops, seminars, and tours
  • Helps to oversees educational volunteers
  • Helps with the promotion and publicity of the Garden’s educational programs through social media
  • Maintains the cleanliness and tidiness of educational spaces, such as the Every Child Outdoors building and outdoor classroom stage
  • Exhibition maintenance and seed library development (Museum of Infinite Outcomes)
  • Other education-related tasks, as directed by the Manager of the Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Other tasks as directed by the Executive Director of the KGBA

Required Qualifications

  • Must be self-motivated and passionate about working with children around issues of gardening and nature-based community enterprises
  • Exceptional organizational and communications skills
  • Must have their own transportation and a valid driver’s license

Thanks to the U.S. Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association for funding this position for the 2021 Urban Agriculture Resiliency Program for the following year.

To apply for this position, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, you can reach us by phone at 865-862-8717 or by emailing cua@knoxgarden.org

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