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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.