Environmental Educator Intern

Expected Dates
June 1, 2018 to November 15, 2018
Black Rock Forest Consortium
Position ID
Black Rock Forest (BRF) is seeking an Environmental Educator to work with a wide range of students across diverse topics. As the Black Rock Forest Environmental Educator you can get paid to hike and talk to people about nature, ecology, conservation and more! Black Rock Forest is located in New York’s lower Hudson Valley, just 50 miles north of New York City. The area provides ample hiking, biking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. The Hudson River nearby also provides boating and fishing opportunities as well. With New York City just a train ride away one can hike in the morning and take in a Broadway show that evening. This unique region offers all the conveniences of a large city with the natural beauty of a national park.
The Black Rock Forest SCA Environmental Educator will work with BRF staff to support educational visits to the Forest, especially those coming from K-12 schools. They will receive training and support from the other educators on the BRF staff and will be expected to dedicate themselves to learning about Black Rock Forest in order to conduct a range of educational activities available to both members and the public. The Environmental Educator will work with and report to BRF’s Senior Education Liaison.
The duties of the Environmental Educator will include but are not limited to:
  • Guide students in understanding the scientific process through investigations in the natural world
  • Work with BRF research staff to interpret and disseminate research findings to various educational audiences
  • Support and train teachers on the use of our online reservation system
  • Lead classes in the Forest and in institutional member classrooms
  • Working with teachers and other professional educators to design and schedule forest trips, activities and curricula
  • Assist with trip preparation and planning logistics
  • Help develop and maintain BRFs growing educational database and online curricula bank
  • Maintain classroom space, educational equipment, and collections

 Topics of instruction include but are not limited to:

  • General Ecology
  • Dendrology
  • Stream Ecology
  • Water Chemistry/ Water Quality
  • Forest Measurements
  • Population Biology (using plants, macroinvertebrates, turtles, salamanders and mammals)
  • Biodiversity

 This position will allow the candidate to pursue a variety of different topics in biology and environmental science. The candidate will also be encouraged to pursue other areas of interest and to expand the Forest’s body of educational curricula by developing lessons in subject areas currently under-represented in the collection.

 The Educator will work 40 hours per week, either Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday, generally from 8:30 to 5 PM, but occasional evening duty will be required when working with overnight groups. In addition to the stipend of $275/week the Environmental Educator will also receive a weekly travel stipend and housing in the Old Forest Headquarters building, located less than 2 miles from the BRFC Science Center. The candidate must coexist with others occasionally staying in the 3 bedroom 1.5 bath building (primarily undergraduate and graduate students during the summer).

  • Black Rock Forest Science and Education Center in the 4000 acre Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY
  • Mentoring on site from supervisors- Senior Education Liaison and Executive Director. Educational training from other experienced staff- Forest Manager, Research Associate, Technology Manager. Opportunities to attend conference and workshops.
  • This position will be rich in educational opportunities to learn first hand about nature and forest ecosystems, and to learn content and methods from lifelong educators and scientists actively pursuing environmental research
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Computer Science
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision