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NCA is Hiring: Seasonal Environmental Educator

***NOTE*** Due to safety measures put in place to slow the spread of the Coronavirus we have delayed filling of this position until further notice.

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Seasonal Environmental Educator (April – October 2020)

Newtown Creek Alliance is hiring a part-time educator to lead field trips and work with school groups twice a week throughout the 2020 season. The Environmental Educator will organize the seasonal calendar of school groups with assistance from the Director of Advocacy and Education, prepare for each group, lead each field trip and clean up afterwards. Each group visit is approximately 2 hours and there may be as many as 2 visits per day. All field trip visits take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 2 pm, with an average group size of 20-30 students. All needed training on content, locations, equipment, and methodology will take place before you begin. Check out our website for more info about our urban ecology curriculum and educational field trips.

Program Purpose

Through place-based STEM curriculum and stewardship driven activities, we teach students about ecosystems and waste-systems, history’s impacts on the present and potentials for the future. We provide hands-on activities that allow the youth of NYC to be safely immersed in the urban ecology all around, especially at the water’s edge. We have three main themes that we teach to: Water, Plants and Urban Life. Each main topic can be expanded and modified to suit different age groups and groups can combine subjects as needed. 

Job Duties

  • Schedule and host environmental education field trips.
  • Work alongside the Director of Advocacy and Education (DAE) on lesson planning and field visit preparations.  
  • Curate a volunteer/intern team to assist in larger group visits and tours.
  • Outreach to local schools and nonprofit groups in arranging field trips as well as handling email correspondence and program inquiries.
  • Populate and maintain seasonal education calendar and schedule and communicate this to other NCA staff. 
  • Participate as needed in monthly communications meetings with all Kingsland Wildflowers partners.
  • Ensure educational materials are clean, in good working order and always available for use. 
  • Actively engage with the larger NCA family; personal and professional growth is encouraged as is the development of new initiatives that will further our work.
  • Meet with NCA staff as needed, once monthly at a minimum, to reflect on the program and your personal work and identify opportunities for improvement.  

Qualifications

  • Background in teaching, childhood education, and environmental science literacy.
  • The ability to lead a group activity in an outdoor setting, in all weather.
  • Experience in working with many different demographics.
  • Clear and patient communicator with teachers, visiting groups and the rest of the NCA team. 
  • Highly motivated, organized and self-driven with the ability to work well with others in a small organization.
  • Familiarity with environmental justice issues and the neighborhoods surrounding Newtown Creek. 
  • Fluency in Spanish or Polish is a plus. 

Schedule

  • 15 hours/week; April through October 2020.
  • NCA field trips are hosted Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Participation in monthly Kingsland Wildflowers Partners meeting.
  • Required training in late March 2020, early April. 
  • Opportunities to participate in additional programs, professional development, projects, and events based on interest.

Compensation: $25/hour

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to education@newtowncreekalliance.org Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 15th, 2020.

 

 

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