Assistant Naturalist / Environmental Educator

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Monday, July 22, 2019, 3:15pm


Yorktown Heights, NY
United States

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Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES has a full time vacancy for an Assistant Naturalist with the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) to support CEE's nonresidential environmental education program. During the school year this individual provides instruction at the Yorktown Heights BOCES Campus, local schools, other outreach sites, and occasional after school and weekend programs. During the summer, staff provides instruction for a camp program. There may also be opportunities to support or lead multi-day wilderness or historical excursions. Naturalists are also responsible for the development of environmental education programs and curriculum to support core content areas. Additionally, naturalists are the primary caretakers for our wide range of animal ambassadors.

Applicants must have a strong background in environmental science and ecology and be able to teach about:

- Sustainability (e.g. climate change, ecological resources, The Lorax, etc.)

- Ecosystem Studies (e.g. pond study, forest ecology, the Hudson River, etc.)

- Earth Science (e.g. water systems, erosion, forces and interactions, etc.)

- Living Things/Wildlife (e.g. food webs, family groups, butterflies, etc.)

- Agriculture and Gardening (e.g. seed study, composting, plant cycles, etc.)

- Social Studies (e.g. Native American Studies, the Commons, food history, etc.)


- Team Building on a low-ropes challenge course and in flexible settings

Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, the NYS Science Learning Standards, and the NYS Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks is preferred. Experience in standards-based curriculum and program development is preferred.

Must have experience with animal care for a wide variety of local and exotic animals (e.g. reptiles, raptors, hedgehogs). Experience working with a raptor on-glove is preferred.

Characteristics desired include creativity, flexibility, independent initiative and good judgment. Must have a car to drive to schools (mileage reimbursed). Must be available to provide weekend animal care coverage on a rotating basis with other staff. Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills to work well with students, teachers, and school administrators. Successful candidates must have a positive, can-do attitude and be committed to the BOCES Mission of Service and Innovation through Partnership.

This is a 52-week Probationary Appointment.

Must qualify through Westchester County Civil Service under the Assistant Naturalist job title. The additional requirements of this title, in addition to the above, are that a current applicant must have the following:

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and four (4) years of work experience in a nature center, zoo, school or camp which involved conservation and/or environmental education, outdoor interpretation, or other natural science work.

SUBSTITUTION: A Bachelor’s Degree* in Environmental Science, Natural Science, Ecology, Biology, Conservation or a related field may be substituted for the four (4) years of work experience described above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: At time of appointment, possession of a valid license, appropriate for the vehicle to be operated and issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The appointing authority is responsible for verifying and ensuring that the candidate meets these conditions at time of appointment and throughout the course of employment.



How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter (optional) and current resume to, attention Daniel Novak, the Regional Coordinator of Environmental Education with the Center for Environmental Education.

We are interested in finding someone who can start in mid-August to allow time for animal and lesson training before the busy September teaching season begins.