Seasonal Discovery Garden Assistant Program Coordinator

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn,  New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Discovery Garden staff provides hands-on nature education for children of all ages and their caregivers, connecting our diverse community with the natural world. The assistant program coordinator leads hands-on education programming for visiting families, schools, and camp groups and supports the coordinator and manager in developing engaging program content, managing materials and logistics, and training/mentoring the adult volunteers and teen apprentices who engage visitors at program stations. The assistant coordinator also supports exhibits and horticultural displays as needed, including occasional watering, cleanup, repairs, and exhibit resetting.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan, facilitate, and support daily programming for families, schools, and camp groups with support from the Discovery Garden coordinator. Greet, orient, and engage with families and school groups.
  • Train and mentor volunteer Discovery Docents to lead hands-on programming for visitors of all ages.
  • Develop programs rooted in an inquiry-based and object-based learning approach that helps visitors and volunteers develop a personal connection with the natural world.
  • Lead activities and develop materials for Discovery Garden Early Opening days for children with disabilities and their families.
  • Collaborate with garden staff to develop and colead trainings for adult volunteers and teen apprentices.
  • Develop, lead, and coordinate Discovery Docent enrichment, including science lessons, refreshers, and events.
  • Supervise and mentor teen apprentices and adult volunteers in public speaking and environmental education as they facilitate stations.
  • Ensure that visits to the Discovery Garden are welcoming, fun, and foster hands-on engagement and discovery. Warmly welcome and engage a diverse visitor audience on a daily basis and create an inclusive, fun, empowering culture for visitors of all ages, volunteers, teens, and staff.
  • Track attendance and evaluate program success.
  • Purchase supplies as necessary.
  • Assist with watering, horticulture, exhibit repairs, and resetting as needed.
  • Assist manager and coordinator with special projects throughout the growing season.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, museum education, early childhood education, environmental education, science, or related field
  • Two to three years’ career experience and educational background in early childhood learning, child development, or family programming; experience with different ages a plus
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team (exercising punctuality, reliability, flexibility)
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Passion for science and the natural world; knowledge of plant science a plus
  • Experience and comfort in mentoring youth
  • Competency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Confidence supervising and mentoring adult volunteers
  • Willingness to work outdoors every day in various weather conditions and perform physical tasks
  • Ability to work weekends; regular schedule is Wednesday–Saturday
  • Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds in order to perform site maintenance

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