An environmental educator/assistant naturalist leads school groups in instructional programs concerning nature, conservation and/or the environment, often with live animals and/or animal artifacts. Most programs are 45-60 minute classroom programs at the school and primarily designed for students grades K through 12. Assistant Naturalists also facilitate in-school team-building and day-long Challenge Course programs on the PNW BOCES campus. Animal care for the center’s animal ambassadors is a daily responsibility and is coordinated with the center’s other assistant naturalists.
This is a Westchester County civil service position with all of the associated benefits (including access to the New York State Employee Retirement System). Housing is not included in this position. The salary range for the position begins at $40, 000.
This position requires four years of relevant EE teaching experience or a degree in a related field. Educating experience with groups of 10 or more in an environmental education setting is a must. Experience and comfort working with exotic animals (e.g. reptiles) is a must. Candidates must be interested in developing and refining both outdoor and classroom-based environmental programs always with a mind toward safety and sustainability. Experience with online teaching platforms is a plus. Experience working with and handling raptors is a plus.
Additional requirements for this position also include a valid driver’s license and working vehicle for transportation to and from outreach programs (mileage is reimbursed) and NYS fingerprints registered to the NYS TEACH platform.