Environmental Educator

Industry: Not‐for‐Profit–Environmental
Department: Engagement and Programming
Reports to: Director of Educational Programs
Date posted: March 1, 2019
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Start date: Immediate start
Schedule: Monday through Friday 9A to 5P
Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt

NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement.

Under NYRP’s Engagement and Programming Department, the Education division runs two youth programs, Garden Growers, a series of seed-to-plate gardening lessons for K-8th grade based in NYRP community gardens across the city, and Nature In My Neighborhood, 5 distinct lessons offered in public parks at Sherman Creek and Highbridge Park for students K-8th grade. Our educators also deliver Afterschool programs throughout the year, in-school residencies in the winter, and engagement for summer camps. This position will report to the Director of Educational Programs and will work with a team of other educators in the implementation of programs.  An ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong work ethic, an interest in environmental practices, comfort interacting with the public and enthusiasm for engaging young city residents outdoors. To be successful in this role, a candidate must have strong communication skills, experience living or working in NYRP focus neighborhoods.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Deliver hands-on lessons both at NYRP parks and gardens across the city and also in classrooms that meet programmatic goals.
  • Prepare, maintain, and organize program materials effectively, including garden spaces used for program delivery.
  • Seek to improve practices and materials in order to improve overall outcomes for the program.
  • Keep inventory of program materials.
  • Maintain punctuality and regular communication with other program staff.
  • Attend scheduled meetings.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues and support the team in reaching programmatic goals.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and with program applicants in a timely and professional manner.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Actively seek support and feedback from Senior Environmental Educator and Director.
  • Report program progress, needs, and challenges to the Director.

Program Administration

  • Assist with program documentation, evaluation, outreach, and communication.
  • Contribute to lesson planning and curriculum development when needed.
  • Maintain accurate records of applicants and partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Study in environmental science, science education, elementary/secondary education, gardening, food studies, OR equivalent level of work experience in the indicated fields.
  • Experience teaching groups of children and youth in formal or informal settings.
  • Excellent written, verbal skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer experience, well-developed organizational skills.
  • Comfort working in a natural, outdoor setting in a range of weather and seasons.
  • Comfort with using public transportation.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.
  • Clearance of criminal background/fingerprinting check


  • Experience and comfort working with at-risk populations.
  • Certification in First Aid/CRP 
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Driver’s license

Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.