Educator: PART-TIME

The Education Department at Hershey Gardens is seeking a part-time educator to join its staff.  This individual will primarily assist with school field trips.  Additionally, he/she may help with a variety of educational and public programs.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated abilities, working with children of all ages and collaborating with adults.  We offer a fun work environment in which we are strongly committed to providing high quality experiences for all visitors.

Work takes place on weekdays and occasional weekends.  High-need days occur during the spring and fall seasons.  Additional hours may be available during the winter and summer.

Duties/Responsibilities 

•    Teach educational content to preschool, elementary, middle, and high school groups
•    Guide student and adult behavior in a positive, proactive manner
•    Collaborate with Gardens staff and volunteers to ensure the quality delivery of educational programming and a positive guest experience
•    Assist with the preparation of materials and classroom space, which includes the lifting of tables and chairs
•    Facilitate visits from educational groups, including public and private schools, homeschool students, scout programs, childcare facilities, and other community organizations 
•    Assist with special events and volunteer training initiatives

Minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities 

•    Friendly, helpful, and courteous disposition
•    Passionate about nature and sharing nature with others
•    Ability to interact and instruct students of all ages
•    Collaborative skillset
•    Strong communication skills
•    Capacity to stand for 2-3 hours at a time
•    Willingness to work in all weather conditions
•    Ability to arrive on time with a high degree of consistency
•    Openness to feedback

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

•    Degree in education, horticulture, entomology, or related field preferred.
•    Successful experience in classroom teaching or program delivery preferred.
•    Demonstrated interest and ability to work with people, including children of all ages.
•    As a condition of employment, this position requires a criminal history background check and a child abuse background clearance.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to George Vaites at gervaites@hersheygardens.org.
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Seasonal Gardener: PART TIME

This part-time position is for Spring 2018. Applicants must be available for some weekend and evening events. A typical work week would be 28 hours per week: either Monday through Wednesday 8 hours and 4 hours on Thursday or Tuesday through Thursday 8 hours and 4 hours Friday.

This position will assist gardening staff throughout the 23 acres. The position requires a general knowledge of working with plants and equipment. You may be asked to help with event planning and set-up. Training will be provided.

 Duties/Responsibilities: 

• Mowing grass weekly

• Weeding and edging weekly

• Deadheading roses weekly

• Mulching when needed

• Watering daily

• Working with volunteers

• Snow removal 

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities:

• Able to work on your knees for a period of time

• Lifting 30 lbs.<

• Walking for great lengths

• Being able to communicate with others

• Special work hours (some weekends, evenings, and holidays)

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

• High school education or equivalent (must be at least 18 years old)

• Experience preferred but not mandatory (training will be provided)

• This position requires criminal history background checks in addition to child abuse background checks as a condition of employment

Please send resume to bkieffer@hersheygardens.org with “Seasonal Gardener” in the subject line.

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The M.S. Hershey Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions, including all hiring decisions, are made without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, pregnancy, non-job-related disability, veteran status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other trait protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We strive to hire the hardest working and most qualified individuals.