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Horticulture Educator (part-time, seasonal)

Posted: 04/25/2021

Job title Horticulture Educator
Reports to Curator of Historic Landscapes
Status Seasonal (June to December )
Part Time (22.5 hours/wk; 7.5 hours/day, 3 days/week including one weekend day)
Compensation Nonexempt, Hourly ($13/hr)
 
The Horticulture Educator researches and develops educational programming content that teaches and interprets four centuries of garden and landscape history, in order to connect visitors to the relevance of horticulture at Strawbery Banke Museum and New England at-large. They engage with the general public and work closely with staff and volunteers in the historical gardens and indoor exhibits, with a focus on research, horticulture education, content development, public garden tours, and virtual engagement.
 
Duties and responsibilities:
 
Execute the Horticulture Department vision and goals through the following:
  • Virtual Programming:
    • Research and create engaging horticulture education content. For example, teaching the relevance of horticulture over the course of over four centuries of historical interpretation, herbalism, plant science, agricultural history, etc.
    • Maintain and develop online content for virtual engagement. Conduct research, develop lesson plans, and write virtual program scripts, which will be used for the Curator of Historic Landscape when filming virtual programs. 
    • Participate as an active member of the Virtual Programming Committee to help ensure content accuracy of all horticulture virtual programs.
       
  • On-site Programming and Visitor Engagement:
    • Lead interpretive garden tours 3 days/week during the historic house season (June 19 - October 17, 2021); educating and engaging museum visitors with utmost professionalism.
    • Work with the Curator of Historic Landscapes to develop, implement, and evaluate exhibits and activities in the Horticulture Learning Center.
    • Support and develop horticultural workshops, lectures, and other public programs as needed, and assist the Curator of Historic Landscapes to accomplish other programming goals.
    • Conduct specific research, content development, program design support, and implementation of garden and indoor exhibit programs at the museum while utilizing innovative, sustainable, and engaging practices, and adhering to the appropriate budget lines.
    • Maintain and care for greenhouse plants, and ensure the greenhouse is consistently organized, cleaned, and maintained.
    • Implement an innovative approach to developing the SBM Heirloom Seed Library and public outreach that develops the community’s access to sustainable seed systems.
    • Care and Assist with the Heritage Chicken Program during the regular season (June-Oct.).
    • Identify new avenues for developing educational programs through interdepartmental collaborations.
       
  • Collaborate with Horticulture Research Summer Intern (under the supervision of the Curator of Historic Landscapes)
  • Volunteers:
    Collaborate and work alongside Horticulture Programming Volunteers on a daily basis, and implement the vision throughout the year (under the supervision of the Curator of Historic Landscapes):
Spring:
  • Flower drying volunteers arrive once a week to collect garden materials beginning in the spring (1 weekday per week), beginning the  first week of May or at the first harvest opportunities).
  • Begin to oversee the effective on-site collection of heirloom plants grown in the historical gardens for flower drying.  Closely communicate and collaborate with the Landscape Operations Manager for all flower drying work.
Summer:
  • Oversee the flower drying process (organize flowers, foliage, and drying supplies with different drying methods).
Fall:
  • Beginning in November, assist the Curator of Historic Landscapes and work with volunteers during the Stroll decorating season to create the holiday decor (wreaths, floral arrangements, etc.) for the historic houses
  • Support and teach Candlelight Stroll horticulture volunteers on how to create holiday decor with dried flowers through workshops and daily decor creation.
Winter:
  • Place and decorate the historic houses for the holiday season with creations from staff and volunteers.
  • Breakdown the holiday decorations with the Curator of Historic Landscapes after Candlelight Stroll has concluded.
Other Responsibilities:
  • Assist with horticulture foodways efforts (led by the Curator of Historic Landscapes):
    • Collect, maintain, and distribute heirloom seeds and plants
    • Assist with planning and preparation of culinary dishes for annual fundraising events
    • Work with the Education department to develop foodways interpretation
    • Coordination of crop donations to GATHER
  • Interdepartmental and External Partner Collaborations:
    • Maintain a positive and professional working relationship with colleagues and the general public.
    • Assist in organization-wide special events, fundraising and outreach efforts, and strategic partnerships.
    • Attend on- and off-site special events as needed to promote the museum’s preservation programs.
  • Proactively attend suitable continuing education and professional development programs in order to continue growing in the above duties and responsibilities.
Qualifications:
  • 3 or more years of experience with garden/landscape cultivation and education.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify native New England plants.
  • Experience with cultivating and maintaining greenhouse plants.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture, botany, education or related field preferred.
  • Experience and comfort around chickens.
  • An understanding of modern horticulture practices.
  • Ability to study, research, and conduct field work independently while adhering closely to a seasonal/weekly work plan, and follow through with diverse tasks.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and public speaking skills along with graphic design/computer and office skills.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for research, hands on education, plant cultivation, heirloom seed systems, and science.
  • Able to maintain a presentable public appearance while performing challenging research projects and content development, and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Qualification Requirements for all Strawbery Banke Museum Staff:
  • Positive, collegial attitude and ability to work cooperatively with others at all levels of the organization including direct reports, colleagues, supervisor, volunteers, and visitors of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • SBM is committed to fostering a workplace that is truly equitable, inclusive, and accessible for a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and visitors.  It is an essential requirement that every SBM staff member actively contributes to a culture of empathy, dignity, trust, and respect.  Each person at SBM agrees to proactively prevent and address issues such as unconscious bias, harassment, gender disparity, racial inequity, political divisiveness, and barriers to accessibility. 
Physical Requirements:
Must be physically fit. Work entails moving around the 9-acre site, with extended periods outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
 
Required Working Conditions:
Work is conducted both indoors in a shared office space (following strict COVID safety precautions) throughout the buildings and grounds. Work space will be primarily in the Horticulture Learning Center and/or at an outdoor Horticulture Programming Table.
 
Must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.
 
The essential duties of this position require regular attendance onsite, with limited capacity for remote work for administrative responsibilities.
 
Hours:
Seasonal (June 19 – December 18)
Part Time (22.5 hours/wk; 7.5 hours/day with a 30 minute lunch break, 3 days/week including one weekend day)
 
Working one weekend day is required during the Historic House season  (June 19 - October 17, 2021). The schedule can be adjusted upon request November-December.
 
Additional evening and weekend work may be required for special events, with schedule adjustments during the regular work week as necessary.
 
Direct reports
None.
 
Application Instructions:
Email your resume and cover letter to:
Erik Wochholz
Curator of Historic Landscapes

ewochholz@sbmuseum.org
 
Interviews are anticipated to begin by early May, 2021 with a desired start date of June 19, 2021. Candidates will be contacted directly; please no phone calls or emails to inquire on the status of your application.
 
About Strawbery Banke Museum:
Strawbery Banke Museum (SBM) is a 10-acre living history museum located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The museum interprets daily life in the same historic waterfront neighborhood over 300+ years, making the 37 historic buildings accessible to a wide range of visitors one of our primary goals. A Visitors’ Center and a state-of-the-art Collections Center were built in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
Twenty-four business and community leaders from around the region comprise the Board of Trustees.  The staff is comprised of 27 year-round and approximately 70 seasonal employees. The operational and capital expenditures range from $2-$3 million annually. Annual attendance is 90.000+ including 10,000 school children. Strawbery Banke hosts an ever-growing number of special events and programs for adults, children, and families throughout the year. Seasonal and holiday signature events are time-honored traditions that help make Portsmouth the vibrant destination it is.
Strawbery Banke is continually ranked as TripAdvisor’s #1 “Thing to do in Portsmouth”, Yankee Magazine Editors’ Choice: Best of New England Classics “Best Historic Village” and the 2020 Best of the Seacoast in the Entertainment & Leisure category for Best Group Event/Tour/Activity.

Strategic Framework:
Strawbery Banke Museum:
A place to learn,
A place to gather,
A place to preserve.

Mission Statement:
To promote understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England waterfront neighborhood.

Toward that goal, Strawbery Banke Museum:

?        Acquires and conserves, for today's visitors and for future generations, historic buildings, objects, and other materials pertinent to its mission.
?        Conducts research aimed at placing local developments within the broader context of city, state, and national history.
?        Disseminates the results of that research to the public through exhibitions, publications, demonstrations, tours, symposia, workshops, and other educational activities and programs.
 
Equal Opportunity Statement:
Strawbery Banke Museum is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, marital status, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), crime victim status, veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. SBM is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, and other compensation, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.