Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 06-Jul-2017 to 22-Aug-2017 (CST)
  • SNR/Education (049)
  • Gray Summit, MO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time, Temporary


Primary responsibility is to assist education staff with hands-on outdoor school programs at the Shaw Nature Reserve, including meeting students, class management and preparing educational materials. Opportunities exist to observe and prepare individual lessons for delivery to students and work with teachers in an outdoor setting.  This is a part-time position working an average of (20) hours a week and is located at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists education staff in the creation, development, and implementation of site-based programs at Shaw Nature Reserve (e.g. group facilitation, leading activities, etc.).
  • Assists in the preparation of audio/written educational programs and materials for incoming school groups.
  • Internship Project Required to independently develop an "indoor or outdoor" educational program under the supervison of education staff (e.g. "Rainy Day" or "Self-Guided" activities are examples of acceptable project themes, etc.).
  • Additional responsibilities may include assisting education staff with family and public programs; thus, working with many different size groups and people of all ages (e.g., Habitat Helpers (the ecology club) and other special events).
  • May greet and orient students to SNR (e.g., provides agenda and discusses scheduled activities for the day)
  • Works cohesively as a team with SNR Education staff.
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments prepared and on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings, as required.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using correct spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.


  • Interest in outdoors, ecology, natural history.
  • Current enrollment in college is preferred.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences including children of all ages, families, volunteers, and older adults.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Exceptional public speaking skills required.
  • Strong technical ability.
  • Adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • Flexible hours; availability to work some weekends.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


  • H.S. diploma or equivalent, and some college coursework with an emphasis in Education, Natural Resources, or Life Sciences.
  • An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral/written).

Mathematical Skills:  

  • Requires proficient ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate percentages and decimals; etc.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Requires ability to exercise judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Powerpoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook).

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR certification.
  • Must have and maintain valid Driver's license.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to walk up to three miles on uneven terrain and on and off trails.
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.).
  • Able to lift up to (30) pounds (i.e., load, unload and move supplies and equipment).
  • Must be able to work in high heat/humidity.
  • Ability to stand and move about entire facility for extended periods of time - 80% or more of the workday is standing on feet (e.g., extensive standing, walking, reaching and stooping).

Work Environment:

  • Climate controlled buildings.
  • Shared office space.
  • Work outdoors in temperatures of (100F or more), humid conditions, as well as temperatures below 0F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions and some uncomfortable conditions (i.e. wet, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, etc.) as needed.
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