Stewardship & Environmental Educator

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New York City, NY
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Part-time

Job Description:

Part-Time River Works Stewardship Educator

Duration:  September - December 2017 - 20 hours per week

The NYU Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education’s mission is to promote environmental literacy and sustainability by working with educators in K-12 classroom settings, graduate students, and faculty in colleges and universities. The Collaborative provides year-round programs developed especially for public school teachers in the metropolitan New York City region to learn how to incorporate environmental education in their classrooms.  

We are seeking a part time stewardship educator to work on River Works; our newest initiative to work with schools and local community members to revitalize North Shore parks of Staten Island through education and stewardship activities. The focus will be on urban ecology and the Hudson River Estuary.

 

Job Description

The River Works Stewardship Educator will conduct hands-on stewardship events in four parks on the North Shore of Staten Island in the fall with school groups and volunteer groups (approximately 10 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 Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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.

Requirements

Flexible schedule consisting of approximately 20 hours per week from September through December 2017.  The Candidate should have availability for scheduling field trips during school hours and some weekend dates for River Works Stewardship Events with the public.

Qualifications

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, excel, and WordPress desirable.

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

To apply please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to: Tania Goicoechea, Program Coordinator, at tg1045@nyu.edu   Position will remain open until suitable candidate has been selected