CURB seeks a dynamic individual with a passion for teaching and environmental science to join our team.
CURB is a vital Hudson River access site in an under-resourced urban center. Located on the banks of the Hudson River at 35 Alexander St., Yonkers, NY, CURB includes a 4,000 sq ft center used for environmental education, research, and community programs. The building is situated on a 2 acre county-owned park and features an accessible sandy beach and constructed tidal marsh. The center is the only environmental education center in Yonkers that is open to the public year round free of charge Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturdays seasonally.
CURB annually delivers approximately 200 environmental education programs focused on the Hudson River and urban watersheds for 5,000 local K-12 and college students plus hundreds of teachers, and hosts 3,000+ residents for community programs and special events, most free and open to the public. The majority of our 8,000+ annual visitors are from Yonkers and include residents of all ages that come for the education programs plus family programs, lectures, concerts, and special riverfront events.
Our mission is to advance environmental knowledge and stewardship by providing high-quality environmental education for the local community, establishing a regional hub for research and monitoring focused on the Hudson River estuary and urban watershed issues, and serving as a welcoming and open community space for a variety of civic and cultural activities.
Our vision of CURB is of a vibrant education and research center accessible to researchers, students, residents, and youth, dedicated to advancing sustainable solutions to emerging issues facing the Hudson River and urban waterways everywhere, such as stormwater runoff, climate change-induced sea level rise and storm events, and loss of biodiversity. It is rooted in the belief that an educated and engaged citizenry are critically essential to achieving real, positive change.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The Environmental Educator and Science Coordinator is a dynamic positon with two main roles that overlap but are somewhat distinct.
Environmental Educator (70%)
As an Environmental Educator, the candidate will be responsible for helping to plan and implement the nearly 200 weekday and weekend field trips and programs per year, including “River Explorers” education programs for youth on Saturdays, and occasional special events. This entails lesson planning, scheduling with teachers and visitors, and working as part of a team to conduct hands-on, inquiry-based field trips.
The educator will train and supervise scheduled volunteers and interns that provide support to education programs; complete daily maintenance of all aquaria, displays, and park related tasks; meet and greet public visitors providing general information about our center and promote upcoming special events and program offerings; submit weekly update reports via email to supervisor; and submit weekly work hours to supervisor.
Science Coordinator (20%)
As a Science Coordinator, the candidate will manage and/or assist with a number of monitoring and research programs.
The most significant being our community science water quality monitoring project which measures levels of fecal indicator bacteria in local waterways using volunteers of all ages. The process involves collecting and receiving samples from community volunteers, training and supervising high school student lab techs, preparing lab samples, maintaining lab equipment and ensuring quality control and quality assurance protocols are adhered to, reading sample results, and inputting and managing data. Our lab uses an IDEXX Enterolert testing system. Training will be provided but some lab experience is required.
The candidate will also help manage our HRECOS real-time water quality station (See www.hrecos.org). The station utilizes a YSI Exo 2 multiparameter sonde which must be cleaned and calibrated on a monthly basis, and data quality controlled quarterly. Training will be provided but experience with YSI sondes or other probes including working with standards is a plus.
In addition, the Science Coordinator will assist with our seining data management and eel project, have the opportunity to work on policy initiatives with the Saw Mill River Coalition, Sustainable Westchester, and the Lower Hudson Urban Rivers Collaborative, as well as work on developing new grants and initiatives.
The remaining 10% of the workload will be working with the CURB team on the vast variety of tasks that come with running a busy center with a small staff!
This is a full-time year-round 35 hr/week hourly position. The position is currently funded for 2 years, however we anticipate this transitioning to a long term positon. Start date of mid-February preferred.
The off-season regular work week is Monday through Friday. However in season - approximately June through September - the Environmental Educator and Science Coordinator must be able to work Saturdays. A work week day is then taken off (normally Monday is taken off for a Tuesday through Saturday work week).
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a natural science, education or related degree.
Equivalent experience may be substituted.
Knowledge of teaching techniques commonly used in environmental education.
At least 1 year experience leading educational classes or programs with children ages pre- k through high school in either formal or informal settings.
Experience in a lab setting either through schooling or employment.
Knowledge of estuarine and aquatic ecology, habitats, animal identification and husbandry.
Fluency with Microsoft Office software especially data entry in Excel or Google Sheets.
Experience and comfort working in an outdoor setting, regardless of weather conditions.
Experience and comfort working with a diverse range of volunteers.
Ability to work effectively with others in a team environment.
Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills.
Enthusiasm about the fields of environmental education and science!
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