Environmental Educator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




254 W 31st Street
10th Floor
United States


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.

Our education division runs two youth programs, Garden Growers, a series of seed-to-plate gardening lessons for K-6th 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, and engagement for summer camps based on the Nature In My Neighborhood curriculum.  This position will report to and assist the Education Manager 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. 

Primary Responsibilities:

·        Deliver hands-on lessons both at NYRP parks and gardens across the city and also in classrooms that meet programmatic goals.

·        Prepare and organize materials for lessons.

·        Assist with garden maintenance;

·        Seek to improve garden practices and materials in order to improve overall outcomes for the program.

·        Contribute to lesson planning and curriculum development when needed.

·        Assist with program documentation, evaluation, outreach, and communication

·        Maintain punctuality and regular communication with other program staff.

·        Actively seek support and feedback from Education Manager

·        Participate in professional development opportunities.


·        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 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to HR@nyrp.org 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.