Estuary Outreach Facilitator

Expected Dates
June 23, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Site
Hudson River Park Trust
Position ID
PO-00486508
The selected applicants will work with the Hudson River Park Trust’s Environment and Education (E&E) staff towards achieving the Trust’s mission of protecting and managing the Hudson River Estuarine Sanctuary and improving awareness and understanding of the Hudson River through education and outreach.

The members’ time will be spent on a combination of environmental education and stewardship responsibilities. The Hudson River Park provides quality hands-on environmental education experiences to thousands of school groups (k – Grade 12), summer campers (toddlers – Grade 12), and park patrons.  The members will largely support the implementation of our robust environmental education programming during the summer season. In addition, stewardship responsibilities will include monitoring oyster cages, eel mops, caught fish, and breeding birds throughout the park, caring for collected specimens, horticulture activities, park beautification, volunteer events, and water quality testing.
 
Applicants must be very comfortable speaking in public, friendly, flexible, team-work oriented, and have a strong passion for teaching about the environment to diverse audiences. This position is manual labor intensive and requires someone who is willing and able to lift up to 50lbs and work outdoors and weekends (35hrs/week) in all types of weather conditions. Members must have a driver’s license and be willing to drive the park’s electric vehicles.  Members will be given Park polo styled shirts, but are required to wear neutral colored (khaki or jean with no holes) pants or shorts (Bermuda style or cargo) and sneakers, toe-covered sandals, or other athletic shoes at work. Catch and release fishing is a key component to our education programming and applicants should also be comfortable handling fish and bait.
 
 This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in urban environmental education and outreach. Hired members will leave with a great understanding for NYC’s natural resources, environmental education, and citizen science projects along the Hudson River. 
  • Hudson River Park Trust (Trust) is a New York State public benefit corporation tasked with the design, construction, and operation of Hudson River Park, Manhattan’s largest open space development since the creation of Central Park. Hudson River Park includes 150 acres of uplands, recreational fields, waterside esplanade, over a dozen reconstructed public access piers, and nearly 400 acres of legislatively designated estuarine sanctuary.
  • Training in Hudson River Park Trust’s environmental education curriculum, basic teaching skills, species identification, monitoring projects, and park related horticulture skills.
  • Numerous at the Park and in partnership with NYC’s environmental organizations working to protect and restore NYC’s natural resources.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision