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Job Opportunity: Programs Educator

Introduction to the Sherman Library & Gardens 

The mission of the Sherman Library & Gardens is to provide the public an oasis of inspiration, education and appreciation of regional history, horticulture and the arts. It comprises a renowned botanic garden, historical research library specializing in the history of the Pacific Southwest and collection of California Impressionist art. It is located in Corona Del Mar, Orange County, CA on a 2.2 acre site. The Sherman is embarking on a new phase of development which includes the establishment of a new Education Department and is looking for an Educator to work with the Education Director to develop and deliver programs for a variety of communities. 

Job Description:

Job Title: Programs Educator

Department: Education 

Supervisor: Education Director

Supervises: Contract Educators, Interns, Docents

Position Description:

The Educator participates in all aspects of the structured education programming at the Sherman including curriculum development, program preparation, coordination and delivery for early childhood,  elementary school children and teachers, either at the Sherman campus, off-site or virtual. This position teaches classes, creates lesson plans in collaboration with horticultural and library staff, and ensures the educational programs run smoothly. Although strongly focussed on Early Childhood and Elementary School programs on-site, the Educator will also participate in program activities which include Middle or High School Students, Adults, Intergenerational groups and Community Organizations. The Educator will also work closely with the Docents to support them in the creation, delivery and scheduling of tours for adults. 

Areas of Responsibility/Essential Duties:

Elementary and Early Childhood Programs

  • Plan, prepare and teach quality, engaging classes, tours and casual learning experiences on-site, off-site and virtually for early childhood and elementary school children and teachers which connect the garden environment, library and art collections to the school curriculum.
  • Create a positive, healthy and safe class environment with culturally appropriate practices and inquiry-driven learning. 
  • Train Docents to assist in the delivery of education programs.  For example, garden or library field trips for school groups, offsite outreach events and informal activities such as the garden discovery cart. Schedule docents to assist in education programs.
  • Recruit other instructors/teachers to conduct education programs as needed in collaboration with the Education Director.
  • Schedule education program offerings on a quarterly basis including public, private and homeschool field trips and group tours.
  • Manage set up and instructional supplies for education program events.

Young Adult and Adult Programs

  • Develop and coordinate program activities for family, middle or high school youth, adults, intergenerational groups, community groups.
  • Teach education programs as needed.
  • Assist with identification, recruitment and supervision of other instructors/teachers to conduct education programs. Work with instructors to align program content with the Sherman mission and educational goals.
  • Assist with recruiting, planning, and scheduling the high school internship and the Arnold D. Haskell Cal Poly San Luis Obispo internship programs.

Tour Coordination

  • Schedule individual, group, VIP and educational tours.
  • Work with the Docent organization and staff to arrange a tour guide.
  • Work with the Docents to develop tours and provide them with ongoing training opportunities.
  • Ensure that all applicable safety standards are followed.
  • Work with the Education Director to evaluate programs and record metrics of success.
  • Participate in team planning sessions with staff to ensure well-coordinated and effective delivery of instruction to meet program goals and objectives.

Interpretation and Marketing

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of library & garden interpretive materials.
  • Contribute to brochures, guides and filmed content as needed.
  • Update program content for Sherman website, create and send Constant Contact marketing. 

Education and Experience 

  • Teaching experience in K-6 classroom, Botanic Garden, Library or Museum (Preferred).
  • Experience or familiarity with Inquiry-Driven Learning approach, California NGSS and Common Core Standards.
  • Enthusiasm and demonstrated ability to work with children and adults.
  • Demonstrated interest in horticulture, history and/or the arts
  • Ability to deliver exceptional customer service to diverse internal and external customers.
  • Ability to coordinate with other departments, change priorities, and multi-task with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to use or learn to use Microsoft Office and Constant Contact.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills.

Work Environment:

  • At least 50% outdoors, throughout the year
  • Traversing through occasionally uneven Garden terrain
  • Occasional need to work on nights and weekends
  • Need to set up furniture etc. in support of education programs

Hours: This position is available as a Full-time or Part-time position

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] or mail to: 

Catherine Dickinson 

Education Director

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA 92625