Innovation Studio Program Specialist

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is seeking a talented and motivated individual to coordinate our STEM-based elementary school field trip programs.

For more than 40 years, Fairchild has been offering field trip opportunities to school groups through our Explorer, Adventure and Home School programs designed for student from K-12th grade. These hands-on explorations of the Garden’s unique collection, facilities and expertise are designed to teach about the amazing world of plants, how they are used by people, what role they play in our environment and how we can conserve what we have.

In recent years, Fairchild has developed robust, off-site high school programs to prepare local students for careers in plant science. The Fairchild Challenge brings plant research into high school classrooms throughout South Florida, while the new BioTech @Richmond Magnet High School includes a specialized botany curriculum. The Challenge and BioTECH programs are linked with Fairchild’s major science initiatives, including the Million Orchid Project and the Growing Beyond Earth partnership with NASA.

In 2018, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden received funding from NASA to create the Growing Beyond Earth (GBE) Innovation Studio, a STEM education maker space, to address NASA’s current space exploration objectives concerning food production aboard spacecraft.  Scheduled to open in the spring of 2019, the GBE Innovation Studio will be the world’s first maker space in a botanic garden, the first public facility dedicated to NASA’s food production challenges, and the first project to leverage community input in the development of plant growing hardware.  To address these challenges, Fairchild has partnered with The Nation of Makers and Miami’s Moonlighter maker space to harness the creativity and talent within our local community and throughout a national network of maker space.


BA in a STEM-related field with an interest in plants and education.
Minimum of three years formal or informal teaching experience
Experience working in a maker space environment
Effective communication skills and experience speaking to diverse groups of people
Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
Team player with a positive, can-do attitude who is flexible, proactive and can anticipate and troubleshoot program details
Creative, organized, efficient and detail orientated, with a strong work ethic
Experience working with maker space equipment and machinery a plus but not required (laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC machine, and/or vacuum former)


Manage daily operations of  Fairchild’s Innovation Studio Makerspace
Shape, develop and propose workshops, events, and new program elements
Plan, organize and promote programs and events
Evaluate the outcome for future planning.
Maintain the safety of the lab/shop environment and of the participants.
Train and manage a team of volunteer workers.
Work with the Director of Education and the Growing Beyond Earth Program Manager to develop engaging programming for visitors, field trip participants and BioTECH students that addresses the technology of food production.
Maintain all equipment including Laser Cutters, Milling Machine, 3D Printers, etc.
Manage supplies and material stock for users.
Ensure user supervision within the shop during scheduled hours.
Manage and maintain the website and social media accounts.
Develop instructional material that establishes training standards for equipment and tools.
Develop and implement Summer HS Internship Program
Other tasks as determined by the Director of Education

This position reports to the Director of Education.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Marilyn Caputo, Education Program Assistant, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with ADA/Drug-free Workplace.


Graduate Fellowship

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida is seeking prospective Ph.D. students to join our Graduate Fellowship program. Qualified candidates would be interested in joining one of our partner graduate programs at the University of Miami or Florida International University to study biology, agriculture, environmental science, or STEM education.

Our program offers up to three years of support. During those years, students serve as part-time teaching assistants with Fairchild’s award-winning educational outreach programs. These include our Growing Beyond Earth partnership with NASA, the Million Orchid Project, and other major citizen science initiatives. For the right kind of student, our program can provide fantastic opportunities for developing skills in science education and public outreach.

Graduate Fellows are encouraged to use Fairchild’s world-class plant collections and facilities. Our greenhouses and DNA, microscopy, and micropropagation labs are stocked with basic supplies to get students up and running. On a competitive basis, supported students can apply for travel and research funds from Fairchild.

Please submit a letter of interest, official undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, and CV to Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2018, for the 2019-20 academic year.

Internship Opportunities—Undergraduate

This position will assist in delivering environmental science-based educational programming to elementary and/or secondary students at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Programs run weekly during the school year from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm; must be able to commit to at least one day per week (during program hours) for fall and/or spring semester. Preference will be given to those who are available September – May.

Note: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Candidates must submit a resume, brief cover letter, and application to Amy Padolf, Director of Education.