Seasonal Environmental Educator

The Seasonal Environmental Educator (SEE) position is a 37.5 hour/week, Tuesday – Saturday, 25-week position. The SEE assists the Lead Educator (LE) and the education department with implementing a comprehensive education outreach program for the Albany Pine Bush compatible with the ecological resources, research, and management goals of the Preserve and in alignment with APBPC management Plan and Operating Plan (OP).  The primary responsibility of the SEE is to lead Pine Bush-centered interactive and hands-on education programs for a diversity of audiences including school groups from grades pre-K – university level, special interest groups and the public. The SEE will also participate in the creation and planning of education programs. Education programs take place at the Discovery Center, on the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve and at local venues throughout the region including local schools.  Interpretation of Discovery Center exhibits to the visiting public is also a responsibility of the SEE. The SEE is supervised by the Lead Educator.

Duties:

  1. Lead Pine Bush-centered, standards-based, interactive and hands-on education programs for a diversity of school (and home school) groups from grades pre-K – university level. 
  2. Participate in the creation, coordination and leadership of Pine Bush–centered educational programs for the public, including programs geared towards families, special interest groups, and other program events.
  3. Assist Education staff with the creation of new, and modification of existing, education programs for school groups and the public.  All school programs offered through the Discovery Center are NYS Learning Standards-based. 
  4. Create materials to accompany new education programs including on-site program materials.
  5. Support guest public education program leaders by attending programs and providing assistance with needs that arise.
  6. Help support Education Volunteers.
  7. Assist with interpretive writing needs.
  8. Provide Discovery Center visitor assistance, and provide for a safe and pleasant visitor experience.
  9. Share responsibility for the set-up and clean-up of Discovery Center classrooms and educator resource room.
  10. Rotating coverage of weekend and evening programs.
  11. Ability to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions.
  12. Consults with supervisor to resolve any unforeseen problems or questions.
  13. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in environmental education, environmental science, cultural or natural history interpretation, biology, elementary/secondary education or other related field preferred and a minimum of one-year work experience in a nature center, teaching or other work experience related to public education. Experience delivering education programs to groups of a variety ages.
  • Knowledge of natural systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public-speaking skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office suite of software applications. 
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Willingness to travel locally in personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement, work flexible hours, including weekends and some evenings.
  • Current certification in basic first aid and CPR preferred or willingness to become certified.
  • Work requires minor physical exertion and infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.

COVID 19 precautions:

  • Housing will not be provided.
  • Masks will be provided, and will be required whenever indoors, leading programs, and interacting with the public, and whenever outdoors if 6’ of social distance cannot be maintained.
  • Modified work schedule with one day working from home. (Subject to change pending COVID requirements)
  • Specific COVID-19 prevention protocols including daily sanitization of shared equipment will be expected.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Deadline 4:00pm May 15, 2021
Please e-mail cover letter, résumé, and three references to:
Jackie Citriniti
jcitriniti@albanypinebush.org
No phone calls please.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer


JOB TITLE:  Seasonal Environmental Educator
CLASSIFICATION:  SEASONAL
FLSA STATUS:  Non-Exempt
SUPERVISOR:  Jackie Citriniti, Lead Educator
LOCATION:  Albany, NY
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT:Anticipated June– Mid-November 2021, Start Date TBD
COMPENSATION: $13.00/hr  37.5 hours per week


The 3,350+ - acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals, which includes 78 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, such as the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area and Bird Conservation Area, and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and over 20 miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities. The Management Plan for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve guides all aspects of creating and managing the preserve.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, is a “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. This unique destination provides for exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush.

Date Posted: 05-04-2021

Expire Date: 05-15-2021

Contact Name: Jackie Citriniti, Lead Educator

Contact Email: jcitriniti@albanypinebush.org

Additional Instructions:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Deadline 4:00pm May 15, 2021 Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and three references to: Jackie Citriniti jcitriniti@albanypinebush.org No phone calls please.

Documents:  25-week 2021 Seasonal Environmental Educator Job Description .pdf  |