Part-time Park Naturalist - Prospect Park Alliance
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Part-time Park Naturalist

Prospect Park Alliance is currently seeking applicants for part-time Park Naturalists for the Prospect Park Audubon Center. The Audubon Center is a cornerstone of high quality environmental education programs for children and adults in Brooklyn. Through a partnership between Prospect Park Alliance and Audubon New York, the Center demonstrates to its visitors and program participants the importance of Prospect Park as a community resource and as bird and wildlife habitat.

Park Naturalists may work Thursdays through Sundays, April through December, rotating with other staff on a per diem basis. Park Naturalists report directly to the Public Programs Manager of the Prospect Park Audubon Center or the Lead Park Naturalist on duty. During regular work hours they are responsible for leading indoor and outdoor inquiry-based nature programs, assisting in the supervision and training of Park Youth Representatives, interpreting exhibits, welcoming and giving information to guests, assisting in crafts and other programming, and general assistance with managing the Audubon Center and Pop-Up Audubon sites. While working and being in uniform, Park Naturalists are a representative for the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Prospect Park Alliance and Audubon New York. The position pays $18 per hour.

Responsibilities:  

  • Conduct weekday programs at the Audubon Center, including leading family nature tours, animal feedings, and other nature-based programs.
  • Set up and facilitate weekend Pop-Up Audubon programs, including leading nature games, bird watching tours, hikes, fishing clinics, and other inquiry-based nature activities.
  • Attend on-site training workshops.
  • Being a park steward that gives accurate information about the facility and surrounding area to create a warm, informative, and educational experience for our guests.
  • Other duties as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in environmental studies, environmental education, science, education, or related field.
  • Experience teaching environmental education in a nature/science center, the classroom, and or the outdoors.
  • Experience teaching or working with children of all levels.
  • Excellent public presentation and communication skills.
  • Experience and comfort working with youth and staff from diverse backgrounds in an urban park setting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Commitment to setting a professional example for teen staff members.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Experience with using interpretive materials.
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of teaching in non-formal settings.
  • Understanding of and commitment to conservation and environmental awareness, as well as wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
  • Candidates must be customer service-oriented and possess the desire and ability to work with diverse audiences.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to job102@prospectpark.org.
Please, no phone calls. Although we appreciate your interest, we will only contact applicants we are considering for interview.

The Alliance is committed to creating an inclusive employee experience for all. Regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or if you’re parenting the next generation, we firmly believe that our work is at its best when everyone feels free to be their most authentic self.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to job102@prospectpark.org.

Please, no phone calls. Although we appreciate your interest, we will only contact applicants we are considering for interview.

The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.