Director of Education


Deadline to Apply:

Monday, December 19, 2022, 5:00pm



Cornwall, NY
United States

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Job Announcement - Director of Education

Black Rock Forest (BRF) is a growing environmental non-profit organization with programs in research, education, and conservation and is seeking a Director of Education. The organization’s facilities, including offices, labs, classrooms, and a lodge, are located in the 3,920-acre Forest of the same name in Cornwall, NY. BRF has a staff of 15 and functions as a biological field station with 26 miles of hiking trails and another 17 miles of gated forest roads.

Position Summary:

The Director of Education at Black Rock Forest will be responsible for bringing state of the art educational programming to K-16 students, teachers, and the general public to foster scientific inquiry. The Director of Education will work closely with the Executive Director, Science and Conservation staff, and Consortium Members to strengthen the organization and advance the mission of advancing scientific understanding of the natural world through research, education, and conservation programs.

Job Description

  • Manage the Education Program including participating in strategic planning, supervising staff, managing budgets, and overseeing classroom and laboratory space.
  • Serve as program-level liaison between Black Rock Forest and the institutional members of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.
  • Collaborate with teachers, researchers, program staff, and consortium members to develop new activities and curricula including use of the recently renovated Moretti Education Center.
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead forest explorations and lab investigations in science and related disciplines for groups of students from elementary school age to college 
  • Support logistics for school groups and public education visits, including adherence to appropriate policies and procedures. 
  • Ensure that all educational programs promote cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Manage online access to forest data and curricular materials (e.g., Peck Stacpoole Online Education Collection) 
  • Maintain physical educational resources including field equipment and lab spaces in the Moretti Education Center, overseeing purchasing as needed 
  • Support integration of technological advances in education including the use of smartphone app innovations and digital data collection tools 
  • Support community science activities in the Forest for students and the public 
  • Leverage operational budget by writing grants and seeking funds to expand the BRF education programs. 
  • Occasional travel to New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley for meetings and events, as well as some work on evenings and weekends, is required.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s and graduate degrees, preferably in environment-related sciences and/or education, especially STEM/STEAM education. 
  • Significant training and teaching experience in a range of K-12 educational settings in disciplines related to the biological and physical sciences. 
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and experience with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and in organizations. 
  • Experience designing hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities, including experiential and transdisciplinary education, with a view to adapting for different age-groups and audiences, including youth of color, immigrants and underserved youth. 
  • Proven superior communication skills (written, oral, digital) for a wide range of age-levels. 
  • Creative, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and willing to work with a variety of audiences.
  • Experience in the use of technologies for teaching and learning including video production and editing. 
  • Knowledge of the Hudson Highlands’ ecology, forest ecosystems, history, and conservation desired, though not essential. 
  • Willingness to work and hike outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

Additional Information

At Black Rock Forest we value diversity, in our ecosystems and in our organization. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and in our science, education, and conservation. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented group members as we seek to diversify and strengthen our organization, science, and society.

How to Apply:

Application Materials:

(Any questions please contact Susanne Vondrak at

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information of three professional references 
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy (max. 2 pages) 
  • Recommended: Forest-related lesson plan that you have used and/or created, and a written reflection on the lesson activity. OR: Brief video (max. 10 min) of sample teaching (outdoor or indoor forest-related lesson) and written reflection on the activity. 

Apply at:

Application Deadline: Monday December 19, 2022 5pm EST 

Salary: $75,000 – $85,000 per year plus competitive health and retirement benefits

Start Date: January 2023 or later 

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