The Seasonal Natural Areas Field Technician & Educator will report directly to the Natural Areas Manager and work with other members of the Natural Areas Team including the Restoration Associate and Park-as-Lab Coordinator to program and maintain Randall’s Island Park’s natural areas including wetlands, forests, meadows, and other ecologically significant features. The Seasonal Natural Areas Field Technician & Educator will be required to work on-site and primarily outdoors.
Work with the Randall’s Island Natural Areas Manager and other members of the Natural Areas Team to plant, cultivate, and maintain native wetland grasses, shrubs, and trees located within restored natural areas including wetlands forests and meadows. Primary responsibility will be the identification, control, and removal of invasive plant species from the site.
Lead environmental education programs for K-12 schools. Responsibilities include leading pre-visit in-class sessions and hosting students’ on-island for field trips.
Assist in training and educating volunteers, school children and young adults, and community groups during stewardship and educational events at the restoration sites including large events and weekend programs.
Assist with environmental monitoring including water quality, wildlife, and vegetation.
Assist other departments when and if needed.
Maintain ongoing communication with the Natural Areas Manager.
Other general tasks as assigned by the Natural Areas Manager.
This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.
Two or more years of experience in landscape maintenance with horticulture knowledge.
Knowledge of local habitats, flora, and fauna with experience at identifying common native and invasive plants.
Experience with environmental education and outreach to community and school groups.
Experience working with and leading volunteers.
Willing to work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions.
Ability to perform heavy physical labor (able to lift 50 pounds) daily.
Knowledge & ability to operate small hand-held power tools and landscape equipment.
Flexibility to work overtime and weekends, some weekends required (at least 1-2 times per month).
Ability to shift priorities and focus, when needed.
Motivated and punctual, able to work both independently and as part of a team.
A certificate, college degree, and/or coursework in Ecology, Horticulture, Environmental Science/Studies or related field
Experience in: environmental monitoring, education, and landscape management
Detail-oriented, with considerable attention to order and cleanliness
Excellent communication, problem-solving skills, and leadership skills
Knowledge of computer basics (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook)
Valid Driver License
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes in a diverse and an inclusive workspace and environment.
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