By KM - November 26, 2022
Type of Position
Part Time - Paid
Company or Organization
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
Santa Barbara, CA

Position Description

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s mission is to conserve California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet. The Garden is a living museum which fosters the conservation of California’s native plants through our gardens, research, and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Within the scope of this mission, the goal of the Education team is to enable transformative experiences through native plants for the Garden visitor. Nature Educators work with other Education staff to lead school tours that ignite interest and curiosity for California’s native plants and habitats. They’ll also provide general support to the Garden’s Education Department to help support our work of connecting people to native plants and habitats. Nature Educators should be passionate about sharing nature with the public, creative and flexible in their teaching approach, and able to work either as a team or individually to provide effective and impactful programming.


  • Work with the Education department to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-based Garden tour programs with an emphasis on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Lead and supervise groups of 6-15 students (grades K-5) on exploration tours of the Garden that incorporate STEM, NGSS, and CA Environmental Literacy standards
  • Provide interpretive tours of the Garden for visiting school groups
  • Communicate with the Youth and Family Programs Manager on the upcoming tour topic and be adequately prepared
  • Prepare for tours by gathering teacher welcome packet and sending out tour materials
  • Serve as tour hosts by contacting groups one week prior to confirm visit and relay final instructions. Welcome groups upon arrival and fill in group information
  • Answer general questions about the Garden and its Education Programs to the public
  • Assist the Education Department with general departmental needs such as collecting plant materials, surveying visitors, entering data, prepping materials for programs, etc
  • Attend check-in meetings with Education staff as necessary


  • Knowledge of ecology, botany, and/or natural history of California preferred
  • Working understanding of outdoor etiquette and basic Leave No Trace principles
  • Spanish fluency preferred
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Flexibility and ability to respond appropriately to diverse group situations
  •  Excellent verbal communication skills with both children and adults
  • Pursuing or have obtained a degree in education, ecology, botany, or relevant science field preferred 
  • Experience in a botanic garden, environmental education, and/or a museum setting preferred
  • Preference goes to those candidates who have experience with informal education activities in a natural setting and/or experience working with children ages 5 to 11
  • Must be capable of occasional strenuous physical work including:
    • Standing/walking for extended periods of time
    • Lifting and carrying 50 lbs., bending, squatting and walking stairs and Garden trails
    • Tolerance of an outdoor work environment including exposure to outdoor environmental conditions, including extreme temperature fluctuations, rain, dust, allergens, poison oak, insects, small wild animals, and sun exposure


Must be available to work Tuesday and Thursday morning shifts from 9am until 12pm, beginning January 3rd until March 16th This is a part-time (0-6 hours a week), temporary position, and reports to the Youth and Family Programs Manager. The rate is $18/hour.


Job Application is available here