The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation operates six nature centers throughout the County. From parks along the Long Island Sound coastline to those in the hills in northern Westchester, the nature centers and parks they lie within are home to a number of habitats and host a great range of biological diversity.
Staff naturalists assist with the role of the nature centers in environmental education, biodiversity study and land management. The nature centers host school and scout groups, public programming, and the Children’s Summer Ecology Camp, a nature-based summer camp for students entering grades 1 to 9.
Duties include but are not limited to: environmental and natural/human history education; natural resource management including field work; public interaction and education; and trail and habitat maintenance.
Applicants should possess a love of nature, a willingness to be outdoors and the ability to communicate effectively. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven history of environmental education or research, yet all applications are welcome. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in natural or life sciences, natural history, park management, environmental education or a closely related field is preferred.
The position of Naturalist/Educator is compensated on an hourly basis. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with summer hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salary is commensurate with experience.