Environmental Educator

(Part-Time)

 Innovative environmental education and conservation organization seeks a part-time Environmental Educator to develop and lead off-site programs, workshops, and classes throughout Westchester County and the New York City area. Friends of Rye Nature Center (FRNC) located in Rye, New York, is looking for a creative, dynamic educator with a passion for science, ecology, and nature to who is enthusiastic about bringing nature to new audiences, and wants to inspire others to become environmental stewards. FRNC encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply. EOE.

The Environmental Educator supports the development and implementation of all the FRNC’s environmental education programs for all ages. This position acts as a lead teacher/educator within the following programs/classes: elementary school field trips, after-school enrichment, special events, all summer camp programs, family programs, birthday parties, Forest Kindergarten, and our Preschool Ecology program.

Primary Duties

Education and Programs (85%)

  • Act as a co-teacher in the Preschool Ecology and Forest Kindergarten programs.

  • Occasionally lead FRNC’s environmental education programs, pre-K through adult, in indoor, outdoor, and off-site locations.

  • Provide input for environmental education curriculum, school workshops, and summer camp programs.

  • Collaborate with the Education Director and staff in the development of new, innovative program offerings.

  • Act as a group leader during FRNC summer camp sessions.

  • Lead school study tours using Nature Center curriculum that meets requirements set by the New York State Common Core.

Visitor Center and Site (10%)

  • Assist with overall visitor experience at the Nature Center, including indoor and outdoor exhibits, trails, and special projects.

  • Assist with animal caretaker duties as needed.

  • Provide office administrative support as needed.

  • Ensure overall cleanliness and safety of the classroom. Assist with daily cleaning, organization and tidiness of both indoor and outdoor classroom spaces.

Fundraising (5%)

  • Support all aspects of FRNC’s fundraising including mass mailings and events.

  • Work at special events on weekends as necessary.

  • Cultivate positive relationships with all customers and donors.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in environmental studies, education, ecology, or related field.

  • A minimum of two years prior teaching experience in a school, nature or science center, or similar informal education-based organization.

  • Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental education curriculum preferred.

  • Proven experience leading groups and a commitment to teamwork.

  • Exceptional talent at engaging all grade levels.

  • Knowledge of flora and fauna of the region, gardening, birds, seasonal changes, marine biology, and wildlife preferred.

  • Excellent communication, organization and computer skills.

  • Must be able manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • First Aid and CPR certified.

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand and/or walk for long periods on trails.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume/CV, and three references to Christine Siller, Executive Director, at christinesiller@ryenaturecenter.org.