Reports to: Education Manager, NYRP
Date posted: December 28, 2010
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
To address the needs of New York City’s growing population, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Earth Day 2007 that community greening and urban tree planting would be a major priority of PlaNYC – the city’s long term sustainability initiative. Recognizing the benefits trees provide New York City’s residents, neighborhoods, and the environment, PlaNYC established the ambitious goal of planting one million new trees throughout the city’s five boroughs over the next decade.
MillionTreesNYC is a partnership between Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), as well as community, nonprofit, government and corporate partners throughout the city.
To support the mission of MillionTreesNYC, the NYRP Education Department has developed downloadable curricula and materials as well as a six-part program called RespecTree. Students participate in a range of activities and field trips that investigate the impact of plantings surrounding their school on water systems, air quality and human and animal life. The session culminates in a schoolyard planting day and celebration, which includes lessons for long-term tree care and maintenance.
The MillionTreesNYC Environmental Educator will work with another educator to implement, evaluate and refine the RespecTree program. This position requires travel throughout the five boroughs and coordination with teachers and school administrators. MillionTreesNYC Environmental Educators also support NYRP’s Education Department implement Nature in My Neighborhood programming, including seasonal events at Swindler Cove Park and other NYRP green spaces. General supervision is provided by the Education Manager. Seasonal uniforms will be provided.
- Lead six sessions of RespecTree program at 8-10 schools per semester
- Maintain daily report of programming outcomes
- Design, implement and write reports on overall evaluation of RespecTree
- Work closely with initiative partners to develop and implement school-based, city-wide greening competition
- Facilitate professional development opportunities for NYC public school teachers
- Assist with the development and implementation of public events in NYRP green spaces
- Provide guidance and supervision for high school and college interns and/or volunteers
- Maintain inventory of educational materials, tools and promotional resources
- Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies/Science, Forestry, Education or related field
- Experience working with urban youth in outdoor settings is preferred
- Capacity to establish goals/priorities and manage multiple projects
- Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with public and private partners and our network of community gardeners
- Must have a valid, clean driver’s license
- Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, including occasional nights and weekends
- Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- Ability to lift and/or move 50 pounds
- Proficiency in Spanish is preferred
Interested individuals are encouraged to forward your resume and cover letter by email to HR@nyrp.org.