Summer Environmental Educator

Posted by: Hudson River Park Trust

New York, NY, US

Reports to: Director of Environmental Education & Stewardship, Assistant Director of Environmental Education

Hours/Week: 35 FLSA: Non-Exempt

The Hudson River Park Trust’s Environment and Education (E&E) Department seeks Summer Environmental Educators. Nine positions are available for the summer 2017 season. Summer Environmental Educators work with staff to achieve 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. This position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in urban environmental education and outreach. Selected staff will gain a great understanding for NYC’s natural resources, environmental education and research projects along the Hudson River.

The Summer Environmental Educators’ time will be spent on a combination of environmental education and stewardship responsibilities. 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 educator will largely support the implementation of our robust environmental education programming during the summer season. In addition, around a quarter of staff time will be spent on stewardship responsibilities which include monitoring oysters, marine debris, or supporting the Park’s compost efforts.


  • Teach HRP’s environmental education programs to camp groups at outdoor locations throughout the Park
  • Facilitate HRP’s public drop-in programs at outdoor locations throughout the Park, including Big City Fishing, Shell-ebrate Oysters, Pop Up Maker Space and more
  • Conduct scientific monitoring and stewardship projects focused on oyster restoration, marine debris or composting
  • Learn catch and release fishing and how to handle live fish and bait
  • Monitor and maintain fish tanks, filtration equipment and aquaria signage
  • Provide proper care and husbandry to fish, plants and other animals in tanks
  • Develop educational resources to be used in programming
  • Maintain various department resources, such as fishing poles and power tools
  • Otherwise assisting E&E Department with tasks as needed

Required Education and Experience:

  • Applicants must have completed at least one year towards a Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree
  • Coursework focused on marine, environmental, life sciences, or education is preferred
  • Strong interest in teaching environmental themes to diverse audiences is required
  • Applicants must have strong customer service skills and be very comfortable interacting with members of the public in a friendly and professional manner
  • Ability to work as a part of a team, multitask and problem solve
  • Applicants must have strong organization and communication skills and be able to follow through on several tasks with time sensitive deadlines
  • Willingness to practice catch and release fishing and handle live animals are required
  • Familiarity with both Hudson River Park and general New York City geography are preferred
  • Ability to lift around 50 pounds, work outside in all weather conditions and on weekends (Sunday-Thursday schedule) is required
  • A valid driver’s license is required


  • $15.00 per hour, there are no benefits associated with this position
  • This is a 10 week seasonal position, from June 19 to August 27
  • Summer Environmental Educators are expected to work approximately 35 hours per week, including weekends and some evenings.

No phone calls please.

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The Hudson River Park Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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