Seasonal Teaching Assistant

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Deadline to Apply:

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 12:45pm



New York City, NY
United States

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Job Description:

The New York State Parks NYC environmental education team is looking for a teaching assistant this summer. The teaching assistant will work with the education team to run public and private group programs out of: Gantry Plaza State Park (Queens), Marsha P Johnson State Park (Brooklyn), Roberto Clemente State Park (Bronx), and Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park (Manhattan). Programs may be toddler story times, fishing clinics, bird watching, summer camps, community science, oyster monitoring, etc. The educator will be working with people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Job description:

  • Seasonal employee will help plan, prepare, teach, and evaluate public and private in-person environmental education and stewardship programs throughout the NYC Region, under the direction of higher-level education staff.
  • Employee will provide excellent customer service to patrons by answering questions and disseminating information while tabling.
  • Employee will prepare program material; materials will be kept organized; employee will help transport program materials to and from regional sites.
  • Employee will perform field work to support environmental education programs and park stewardship which may include both participating and leading volunteers in community science programs, weeding, clean-ups, and invasive species removals.
  • Employee will help educators develop social media content, design temporary exhibits, and create other content as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, including park operational support.

Minimum qualifications:

  •  At least one year of professional experience, preferably in the field of environmental education; or one year of college study with a specialization in natural science, natural resources, or environmental education
  • High school diploma required; a bachelor’s degree in the fields mentioned above is preferred but not required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license

Operational needs:

  • Applicants must be willing to work outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Applicants must be available to work a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays
  • Applicants must be willing to handle and care for live animals
  • Applicants must have excellent communication skills and be willing and able to speak publicly to diverse audiences.
  • Applicants must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Applicants must have experience in or demonstrate willingness to learn the following programs: Facebook, Instagram, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Canva, G Suite, Microsoft Office (specifically Outlook, Word, Excel, and Teams).
  • Applicants must be willing to work assigned duties at NYS Parks throughout the NYC Region and the 5 Boroughs.

This job is a Parks and Recreational Aid 5 position with a pay rate of $17.98/hour. Work Schedule is 32 to 40 hours per week. This is a temporary position. 

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How to Apply:

If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications and Agency operating needs and are interested in being considered for this vacancy, send a resume and completed Part 1 application to using the subject line “Seasonal Employment 2022 Teaching Assistant”. The employment application (Part 1 - Pre-Interview Form #S1000) can be downloaded from the website of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at:

Applications may also be mailed to: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, 163 West
125th Street – 17th Floor, New York, New York 10027, ATTN: Personnel.

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Compensation Information:

Park Recreation Aide 5 - $17.98 per hour. 32 hours – 40 hours/week

Contact Name:

Emily Gaines

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