Plant Protection Program Coordinator

American Public Gardens Association
Kennett Square, PA
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $40,000 To $42,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Major Function

The Program Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the coordination and implementation of the Plant Protection Program and will assist most specifically with the Plant Heroes youth program. The Plant Protection Program aims to engage public gardens in forest health protection and plant conservation practices. Within the Program, Plant Heroes creates innovative resources to help public garden professionals, parents and teachers educate young learners about the importance of plants and to spark their curiosity in becoming agents of positive environmental change.

The Program Coordinator will monitor the logistics of creating and distributing youth education materials to national public gardens. The Coordinator will collaborate with content creators, editors, and design professionals to finalize materials, and will coordinate printing and order fulfillment.


Principal Duties & Responsibilities

       Creates, reviews, edits, and sends program materials to editors and graphic designer 

       Facilitates the creation and distribution of monthly Plant Heroes newsletter and blog posts

       Curates relevant social media content to drive engagement with Plant Heroes

       Updates resources on the Plant Heroes website and Plant Protection Program store; fulfills orders 

       Maintains a database of member institutions who have procured Plant Heroes collateral

       Collects feedback, testimonials, impact statements, and photos of Plant Heroes’ materials being used

       Maintains a record of in-kind contributions from educators

       Represents the Plant Heroes program at webinars and professional development events

       Assists with impact statements and progress reports for submission to federal partners

       Helps to coordinate the creation of Forest Health Education interpretive signs 

       Assists with Sentinel Plant Network workshops

       Participates in one or more garden member professional community groups, acting as liaison for the Association

       Assists in the preparation and facilitation of the Association’s annual conference; may be asked to assist on-site during the conference

       Other programmatic duties as assigned


Additional Information

This position may require the employee to undergo appropriate background checks as a condition of employment. This position will operate remotely. The employee will be frequently required to sit, walk, use hands and fingers, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may be requested to lift up to 35 pounds. The position will require travel to national events which may take place multiple times throughout the year.



To Apply


Email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Program Coordinator”. In your cover letter, please discuss any applicable experience you have had in educational content or program creation.

As part of our commitment to IDEA principles, we request that you do not include a headshot or other photos with your application. Your name and contact information will be redacted from your resume prior to initial review by our hiring committee. Names of schools, colleges, or universities attended will also be redacted, but degrees or certifications achieved will be provided to the committee.

American Public Gardens Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Research shows that women and BIPOC are less likely to apply to job postings when they don't believe they meet all qualifications. We encourage you to apply if your skills and experience broadly meet the job description.

Job Requirements
• Demonstrates 2-3 years of experience through skills, certifications, work history and/or education in entomology, plant pathology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) or similar field
• Working knowledge or direct experience in public gardens and/or public horticulture
• Proficient using MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and association communications tools
• Proficient in using video conferencing systems such as Zoom to lead online meetings
• Customer service-oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills
• Sound judgement, critical thinking, confidentiality, and professionalism
• Ability to work independently and take direction, while managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
• Resourceful, able to react quickly to a variety of requests and competing demands
• Strong organizational and project management skills
• Spanish fluency a plus but not required