225 Varick Street
For the Birds! (FTB!) is an innovative place-based and experiential environmental education program that enhances and promotes learning in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the language arts; nurtures responsible environmental values, and cultivates more engaged community members and citizens. FTB! consists of multi-session programming for students in grades 2-8 that includes in-classroom lessons, outdoor learning and activities, and field trips to local and state parks. FTB!, program content is curated to create a foundation of skills and knowledge critical to academic achievement and fulfills both National Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language and the New York State performance standards and curriculum requirements for math, science, and language arts. Furthermore, FTB! also meets the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in engineering, technology, and applications of science; life sciences; and earth and space sciences. The program culminates in a habitat enhancement project where students, under the guidance of FTB! staff, install bird-friendly gardens.
Currently, the program is delivered in 65+ classrooms in more than 20 schools and after school program sites across all five New York City boroughs and reaches over 1,500 students annually. This is a two-year, grant-funded opportunity, although additional funding is being pursued to extend the position.
The For the Birds! Environmental Educator is responsible for assisting with the implementation of FTB! throughout the five boroughs of New York City. S/he will also be responsible for teaching independently in multiple schools, classrooms and after school program sites. Additionally, they will assist the FTB! Program Director with administrative duties related to the delivery and expansion of the program. This includes, but is not limited to: curriculum development and revision, materials preparation and inventory, school set up, follow up and wrap up, and other administrative duties as needed. Specific duties include:
- Independently teach the FTB! curriculum in elementary school and junior high school classrooms and after school program sites.
- Assist with volunteer/intern training and facilitation with the goal of having these individuals independently conduct programs on behalf of FTB!.
- Communicate with school staff, volunteers and interns regarding program scheduling and other needs.
- Create, prepare, order and organize program materials as needed.
- Assist the Program Director with implementation and expansion of FTB! program, working with established partners as well as seeking opportunities for new partnerships.
- Interact and work with teachers, school administrators, volunteers, Audubon New York staff and ANY Director of Centers and Education. This may include answering phones, fielding questions about natural history and about the FTB! program.
- Participate in various Audubon New York meetings, trainings and programs throughout the year.
- Attend tabling events to promote FTB! program.
- Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.
Qualifications and Experience
- Working toward a Bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Interpretation, Education, Natural Sciences, Outdoor Recreation, or related field.
- At least 2 years of experience working in the field of formal and/or informal education.
- Demonstrated knowledge of basic natural history and environmental science, as well as knowledge of basic bird biology, ecology, and identification.
- Experience working with students of all ages, but with particular experience with elementary school children.
- Must be able to teach independently in NYC schools and after school program sites.
- Excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational and time-management skills also a must.
- Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats.
- Ability to make decisions requiring good judgment and complete knowledge of subject matter, including task sequencing and office administration procedures. Must work well in a team environment with conflicting deadlines while effectively managing priorities.
- Possess a valid driver's license, or the ability to obtain one in a timely manner; comfort using NYC public transportation is important as well.
- Availability and willingness to work five days per week, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with occasional weekend and evening hours as required.
- Must be able to walk major pathways and trails of regional natural areas with students, including on uneven terrain.
- Commitment to conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.
Minimum Education Required