The Therapeutic Horticulture Program Instructor's primary responsibility is to develop, prepare and facilitate therapeutic horticulture programs in the community. The Instructor may be asked to facilitate programs at the Garden as well as programs at our satellite sites, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve. The target population for this position is senior citizens and special needs populations, adult and children.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops, prepares and delivers quality, engaging therapeutic horticulture programs.
- Provides plant focused lessons and activities that coordinate with the organization or facilities’ client goals.
- Delivers programs primarily in the St Louis community with some delivery of programs at any of the Garden’s sites (Missouri Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center and Shaw Nature Reserve) or at designated off-site locations.
- Assists with creating, procuring and maintaining program supplies.
- Creates in partner with the organization’s staff, client goals and evaluation notes post-session (s).Participates in team planning sessions with staff to ensure a well-coordinated and effective session and that program objectives/goals will be met.
- Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines and safe working practices and routinely monitors to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
- Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
- Travels through the use of personal vehicle to organizations and facilities in Missouri and Illinois.
- The responsibilities and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of those that may be assigned.
- Minimum of three to five years’ experience working with the special needs populations required.
- Registration with the American Horticultural Therapy Association preferred.
- Strong organizational, therapeutic, educational and horticultural skills with demonstrated knowledge of plants and plant management practices and the ability to successfully adapt to diverse conditions and participant abilities
- Prior experience working in a cultural institution preferred.
- The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
- Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Horticultural Therapy or related degree OR Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related area required; Certification in Horticulture Therapy preferred.
- An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- Proficiency in navigating through the Internet, and various PC applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite 2003 (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel and Word) or a similar application.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR certification.
- Must have and maintain valid Driver’s license and clean driving record prior to employment.
- Must be willing to submit to testing and background checks required by the state of Missouri in order to enter classrooms and/or work with children at MBG sites.
- Ability to stand and move about MBG facilities or classrooms for extended periods of time, 50 - 80% or more of a typical workday is standing on feet (e.g., extensive standing, walking, reaching and stooping).
- Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).
- Able to lift up to (30) pounds (i.e., load, unload and move supplies and equipment).
- Ability to work exposed to outside weather conditions often and as needed.
- Must be able to work in high heat/humidity.
- Classroom and outside instruction in the Garden.
- Local travel required.
- Flexibility in scheduling as needed, for weekend, evening or holiday work.
- Climate controlled buildings.
- Shared office space.
- Work outdoors in temperatures of (100°F or more), humid conditions, as well as temperatures below 0°F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions and some uncomfortable conditions (i.e. wet, mosquitoes) as needed.