Fields: environment, education, sustainability, agriculture, science
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
About the Organization: This year we are celebrating our 18th year of environmental education and service to the community. The Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education was established in 2000 in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University to promote environmental literacy and sustainability by working with educators in K-12 classroom settings, graduate students, and faculty in colleges and universities.
The Collaborative provides year-round programs developed especially for public school teachers in the metropolitan New York City region to learn how to incorporate environmental education in their classrooms. Additionally the Collaborative provides environmental education opportunities for pre-service teachers through field work, course modules, and direct experience in the urban environment.
About the Position: The Bees Alive! Educator will be responsible for implementing the educational programming at Lentol Garden, a community garden in Greenpoint that will serve as the focal point for Bees Alive! This will include developing and adapting lesson plans for the space, conducting field trips for school groups, and organizing community events in collaboration with the project’s partners. It will also include leading a biodiversity study of the garden and engaging in citizen science efforts. The successful candidate will work with teachers and schools in the community to coordinate field trips to Lentol Garden and other relevant sites. They will also collaborate with the Bees Alive! partner schools to integrate their own pollinator gardens and some of the main themes of the project into their curriculum. The educator will assist the Program Manager and the Director of the Wallerstein Collaborative in the development and implementation of several professional development workshops for teachers in collaboration with our partners.
Flexible schedule consisting of approximately 10-15 hours per week from September 2018 through June 2019. The candidate should have availability for scheduling field trips during school hours and some weekend dates for community events with the public.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: The candidate must be creative and interested in outdoor education and stewardship of natural areas. They must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Science or a related area. 1-2 years of work experience in outdoor education desirable. The successful candidate will have:
- Experience working with school-age children, youth, and adults in non-formal settings
- Ability to think outside the box, challenge norms, and try new approaches to environmental education; be curious and creative.
- Basic knowledge of urban ecology and pollinators.
- Experience facilitating hands-on activities and field trips for school and adult groups
- Ability to take initiative, work autonomously and collaboratively on a variety of projects.
- Great interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people
- Experience in citizen science initiatives and curriculum development desirable.
Estimated Salary: $20/hr, 10-15 hours/week, Sept 2018 – June 2019
Deadline: Until filled