Reports to: Education Manager
Date posted: December 28, 2010
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) carries out Founder Bette Midler’s dream of a cleaner, greener New York City. To that end, NYRP restores, revitalizes and develops under-resourced parks and community gardens throughout the city’s five boroughs, working to ensure that every New York City resident, family and neighborhood has access to vibrant, green spaces. By providing enriching educational and community programming, NYRP works to instill both individual and civic respect for nature and responsibility for contributing to New York City’s environmental sustainability.
NYRP has developed curricula, activities and events for educators, students, youth groups and families – targeting schools and neighborhoods in close proximity to NYRP green spaces – under a unifying conceptual framework and guiding principle called Nature in My Neighborhood.
Nature in My Neighborhood provides a menu of outdoor educational programming that takes place at Swindler Cove Park in Upper Manhattan, in some of NYRP’s 55 community gardens and in public schoolyards throughout the city. In addition to serving as a week-day field trip destination for school groups, the Education Department hosts seasonal events on weekends and during the summer, such as the Swindler Cove Sleepover, Family Day and a week-long Spring Break program called Naturemania. The “Feed the Seed” six-week summer program is a highlight of the year, when 30 youth explore individual, community and global connections to food systems by growing their own food and finding their place in the local food movement.
NYRP seeks two Environmental Educators; one will work to develop, implement and evaluate Nature in My Neighborhood programming; one will focus on Garden Education at Swindler Cove Park. General supervision is provided by the Education Manager. Seasonal uniforms will be provided.
- Lead aquatic, forest and garden-based environmental educational programming in outdoor settings
- 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
- Participate in daily stewardship of NYRP green spaces that serve as educational tools, including Riley-Levin Children’s Garden
- Maintain inventory of educational materials, tools and promotional resources
- Maintain daily report of programming outcomes
- Design, implement and write reports on overall evaluation of Nature in My Neighborhood programming
- Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies/Science, Education or related field
- Experience working with urban youth in outdoor settings is preferred
- Experience teaching youth about environmental issues
- 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.