Environmental Educator


Organization Description:
NYC H2O’s mission is to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy and protect their city’s local water ecology. Through providing public and school programs at historic reservoirs, parklands, watersheds, bays, rivers and wetlands, we encourage diverse citizens to advocate for responsible public policy. Our activities promote science-based knowledge of New York’s local ecosystems and of what is needed for urban water resilience in a time of escalating climate change impacts.

NYC H2O has an extensive network of experts in the field of engineering, history, geography and city planning with whom we work. Our partnerships connect us to a vast base of knowledge about the water system and the latest developments to the city’s infrastructure, keeping our programs up-to-date. Furthermore, many of the people who attend NYC H2O programs are engineers and city planners which allows us to further extend our network. NYC H2O also has a network of NYC 2,000 teachers, enabling us to effectively promote field trips to schools.

Position Description:
NYC H2O is seeking part-time Environmental Educators to lead in-person field trips and virtual lessons to school groups. The in-person field trips include historic reservoirs, wetlands and beaches in NYC parks. The 8 sites are: Central Park Reservoir in Manhattan; the Ridgewood Reservoir and Plumb Beach in Brooklyn; Jerome Park Reservoir & the High Bridge in the Bronx; and Silver Lake Reservoir & Lemon Creek in Staten Island and Baisley Pond Park in Queens. Descriptions of our virtual offerings can be seen here: https://www.nych2ohub.org/apps/af333b62e5044af09350784bd23455b1/explore

Field guides receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the following:
Attending 6 training sessions – on-site + virtual training (to master the content for at least 2 online lessons and 2 reservoirs/sites)
Apprenticing on any combination of 4 on-site tours or virtual lessons with an experienced guide
Leading any combination of 6 field trips or virtual lessons during winter/spring 2022

Field trips last approximately two hours and take place from 10:30am – 12:30pm Monday thru Friday. Spring Session begins at the end of March and ends in the beginning of December.
Virtual lessons last from 40 minutes to 90 minutes and take place anytime during school hours.

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
• Lead virtual and in-person water infrastructure and ecology lessons throughout NYC for grades 2-12. In special cases, there are opportunities to work with younger grades
• Attend pedagogical trainings throughout the spring 
• Communicate with all teachers about specific modifications to lessons
• Opportunities to support the team’s special projects and annual programs, such as beach clean ups and park landscaping.

Candidate Qualifications:
Applicants should be comfortable leading school groups of grades 2 – 12; have an interest in NYC history, geography, and ecology; and like to teach outdoors. Experience with Zoom and ArcGIS a plus. Training is provided and begins in March and continues throughout the season.

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Salary or Compensation:
Lesson preparation $20-35 / hour. Teaching salaries differ from in-person and virtual lessons and are commensurate with experience

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Application Info:
Applicants should email their cover letters and resumes to info@nych2o.org