Stewardship Educator

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New York City, NY
United States

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The River Works Stewardship Educator will conduct hands-on stewardship events in several sites along the North Shore of Staten Island with school groups and volunteer groups (approximately 20 events).  These events/field trips will include but not be limited to water quality monitoring of the Hudson River, wildlife monitoring, removal of invasive species, planting of native plants, beach cleanups, and park clean-ups and creation of other service learning activities. The educator will work closely with the Program Manager of the Wallerstein Collaborative and the Parks Department Natural Areas Manager in Staten Island to develop school partnerships as well as a volunteer base from the local community who will participate in the stewardship events.   
The stewardship educator will also assist the Program Manager and the Director of the Wallerstein Collaborative in the development of a city-wide stewardship curriculum centered on the Hudson River Estuary. 
The candidate must be willing to travel to Staten Island for stewardship education events, collaborate with the local community and schools involved in this initiative and Parks Dept. Additionally the stewardship educator will participate in our annual NYC Outdoors! EE Expo event by staffing a table on River Works to increase public awareness of these areas.  

Flexible schedule consisting of approximately 15-20 hours per week from September 2018 through June 2019.  The Candidate should have availability for scheduling field trips during school hours and some weekend dates for River Works Stewardship Events with the public. 

The candidate must be creative, willing to travel and interested in outdoor education and stewardship of natural areas. They must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or   a related area. 1-2 years of work experience in outdoor education/restoration desirable. NYS Driver’s license desirable but not necessary. The successful candidate will have:

• Experience working with school-age children, youth, and adults in non-formal settings
• Ability to think outside the box, challenge norms, and try new approaches to stewardship education; be curious and creative
• Basic knowledge of urban ecology, wetland ecology, or environmental education
• Knowledge of, or experience in event planning
• Experience facilitating hands-on activities and field trips for school and adult groups
• Ability to take initiative, work autonomously and collaboratively on a variety of projects.
• Great interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people
• Good computer skills e.g. google docs, data management, and excel desirable.


How to Apply:

To apply please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to: Tania Goicoechea, Program Manager, at   Position will remain open until suitable candidate has been selected.